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Samsung sells two million Galaxy Notes

updated 05:05 am EST, Fri March 2, 2012

Samsung surprises with Galaxy Note demand

Samsung has announced sales of over two million Galaxy Note 'phablets,' according to Forbes. The cross-over device, which straddles the line between a smartphone and a tablet, has notched up the sales since its October launch showing surprising demand for it. While Samsung recently admitted that it was struggling to move significant numbers of its Galaxy tablets, it has had no trouble shifting Android devices in the smartphone class selling over 20 million Galaxy S IIs.

While not expecting to reach Galaxy S II sales levels with the Note, Samsung says that it is on track to reach sales of 10 million Galaxy Notes by the end of the year. When asked by Forbes if the Galaxy Note is some people really need, Samsung's Hankil Yoon said that, 'I think people don't know that they need.' 'But as soon as they start using it, they think that's what they need. I'm not going back to other devices now,' he added.

The Galaxy Note centers on a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED HD PenTile display with a 800x1280 resolution. It borrows its 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera from the Galaxy S II and uses the same 1.4GHz dual-core Exynos processor as some iterations of the S II as well. Like the Galaxy S II, it currently runs the dated Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). In addition to its form factor, another key feature that distinguishes the device its Wacom co-developed S-Pen that can used to take notes and create sketches. Samsung ships some customized apps with the Note to take advantage of the technology.

Android tablet sales have generally lagged well behind those of Apple's iPad. One explanation is that tablets are a considered a niche device, while smartphones have become relatively ubiquitous. The Galaxy Note may give Android users looking for the best of both worlds a middle ground, also saving them the additional cost of buying two discrete device -- Apple customers tend to have more disposable income, allowing them the luxury of purchasing an additional device. Further, some users don't necessarily want to carry around a smartphone, a tablet and in some cases, a notebook as well.

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  1. ASathin8R

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    Scatter gun

    Well with all the ridiculous number of screen sizes that Samesung is offering, they were bound to hit at least one target!

    That said, the lure of having one device to rule them all is tempting. But I still want to be able to operate my smartphone with one hand. Unless you're Inspector Gadget, you will need one hand to hold the Note and the other to navigate it.

  1. chefpastry

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    Sold to who??

    Honestly, I've never seen one of these in the wild.

  1. bibleguy

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    Has Samsung found out that we know the difference between the terms shipped and sold and have altered there announcement lingo? Now we have to ask if these numbers reflect "sold in" (i.e. shipped) or "sold out" to customers.

  1. facebook_Sam

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    Two million since October? Meanwhile, Apple sold that many iPhone 4S's in 24 hours.

    Congrats to Samsung.

  1. bigmig

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    Slower sales the original Galaxy Tab!

    That reached 2 million between November 2010 and January 2011, according to Samsung.

  1. chas_m




    I can see how "phablets" might find a small audience (mostly grizzly-bear handed burly men who need a huge phone to, um, compensate) but normal sized people and going to find that size kind of awkward. That's not to say the iPhone couldn't get a bit bigger, but I frankly like the difference in size between phones and iPads as differentiation between what they do.

  1. jscotta

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    This device seems to be about the same size as my beloved, but failed, Newton. And the stylus does bring back memories…of the same failed device. However, I would never put that thing into my pocket. It goes into the briefcase. I can't imagine how much of a pain it would be to keep having to get that out each time I wanted to take a call.

    Women have the advantage here with their purses. However, the size of that thing would make it look like they are holding up a dinner plate to their heads.

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