Update: The original press release for this announcement was in Korean only, and the translation left some room for debate over whether or not Samsung was talking about actual sales or shipments. But, we’ve received confirmation from Samsung that the 5 million figure is referencing actual sales to human beings and not shipments to retail channels.
As much as I love Samsung hardware, I’ve felt for a long while now that the Galaxy Note was a bit of a mistake. The screen size is just too big for me to wield the device comfortably, and I see no real value in the S-Pen other than having a little fun during bored moments.
But a good chunk of people out there in the world apparently disagree with me, as Samsung has just announced that the South Korea-based company has
shipped sold 5 million units of the Galaxy Note phablet. At the start of this month, Samsung had sold 2 million Galaxy Notes globally — a solid stat albeit not equal to Galaxy S II or iPhone 4S sales.
It’s important to note (heh) that the March 2 announcement (2 million units) refers to actual sales.
whereas this morning’s news just counts Galaxy Notes shipped . The numbers can often be very different, but The fact that Samsung sold so many Notes over the past five months and that it feels comfortable sending out 5 million more tells us that the Note is officially a big dog in the mobile arena.
To be honest, I’m much more excited about this Galaxy Note 10.1 that debuted at Mobile World Congress. A 10-inch tablet is exactly what the Note should have always been, and should make the S-Pen much more useful. In any case, congrats to Samsung for yet another successful device.
Now we can all move on to lust after the Galaxy S III.