Samsung reporting 5 million units sold in as many months
Samsung is announcing they have sold 5 million units of their niche product, the Galaxy Note 5.3. This number is rather significant when you realize the hybrid device has only been on the market for 5 months. Even more remarkable is the knowledge they only sold 1 million units in 2011. That puts them at 4 million units in the 3 months for this year. Those numbers are rather impressive from them on a mobile device that is a combination smart phone and tablet which they have labeled as a “phablet”. This information is coming from Samsung Tomorrow and requires you to translate the page to get the information.
As with past numbers which have been reported, the word sold is subject to interpretation. Their idea of sold means that it has been sold to distributors, wholesalers or retailers and does not represent actual sales to consumers. Those numbers have traditionally not been provided as the distribution channel numbers always sound much better. This number is important in terms of their ability to promote a product which many find as a little too large to be usable. Yet, the sales numbers here show that it is catching on. There are not providing specific numbers by country.
The Galaxy Note is still making its way around the world and will arrive in Japan on April 6th. That is the good news. On the down side, the Galaxy Note has yet to received the desired Ice Cream Sandwich OS update. This was supposed to arrive by the end of March, but Samsung has announced that it will arrive in Q2 with a “Premium Suite” included. There has been no reason provided for the delay from Samsung and it is beginning to cause some questions as to what is going on. General speculation has the integration of TouchWiz with Android 4.0 as being more difficult than expected. What ever the reason, there is growing concern about getting ICS on the Galaxy Note. This will be increasing as the next version, “Jelly Bean” is expected to be released in Q3.
There are many videos of the Galaxy Note going around with some on the strange side. Here is one making the rounds showing an elephant using the Galaxy Note.