Forty million Galaxy Notes shipped to date, but lukewarm reception for Note 3?

Forty million Galaxy Notes shipped to date, but lukewarm reception for Note 3?

The original Samsung Galaxy Note proved surprisingly popular given what was at the time a fairly outrageous display size (5.3in), while the subsequent Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (5.5in) built on that success – and then some.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (5.7in) was unveiled at the beginning of the month at IFA in Berlin, but while the immediate response was almost unanimously positive, the good vibes aren’t necessarily translating into sales.

Samsung Taiwan general manager Andy Tu says the original Samsung Galaxy Note shipped 10 million units, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 trebled that figure.

Obviously Samsung will be hoping to replicate that success – or better still surpass that milestone – with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but Korea’s ET News says it’s not looking good so far.

Blame is assigned to a crackdown on illegal smartphone subsidies in Korea, resulting in a 20-30% drop in monthly smartphone sales, not to mention the significant cost of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and general smartphone saturation.

Still, it’s early days yet, and we’re not talking specific figures. Having said that, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 screamed out of the gate, sales have reportedly hit a wall.

Meanwhile, Samsung's best mate, Apple, announced nine million sales of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in their opening weekend.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 26, 2013 at 16:15

I do think it'll do well here. Unlike the SGS4 it offers some extra features that distinguish it from the predecessor...
If it flops, it's because it's too similar to the Note 2! :p
That's me and all bases covered :D

Jakkal23  Sep. 26, 2013 at 16:44

It's too fekin expensive! Less than £400 and being able to sell my Note 2 for a good whack of it might persuade me

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 26, 2013 at 17:17

I do think it'll do well here. Unlike the SGS4 it offers some extra features that distinguish it from the predecessor...
If it flops, it's because it's too similar to the Note 2! :p
That's me and all bases covered :D

I think it'll do well here in the UK and even better over in the US; their idea of a premium or luxury product seems to be anything that's big. I mean, look at their taste in cars and houses...

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 26, 2013 at 17:18

It's too fekin expensive! Less than £400 and being able to sell my Note 2 for a good whack of it might persuade me
It won't be sub-£400 this side of X-mas. My imported Note 2 was £425 last December and the initial price of the Note 2 was lower than that of the Note 3.

Jakkal23  Sep. 26, 2013 at 17:23

Yea, no chance, but £600 is just too much. I never got my note 2 till last Feb - so i'm happy waiting for a hukd

drunken_prozac  Sep. 26, 2013 at 22:12

Myself and 2 friends at work have the note 2 and even thought the note 3 is a decent upgrade on specs, the note 2 doesn't break a sweat with any apps currently on the market. We have all said the same thing which is 'It's not worth upgrading yet as the note 2 is more than good enough, we'll wait for the note 4'.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 27, 2013 at 00:10

Myself and 2 friends at work have the note 2 and even thought the note 3 is a decent upgrade on specs, the note 2 doesn't break a sweat with any apps currently on the market. We have all said the same thing which is 'It's not worth upgrading yet as the note 2 is more than good enough, we'll wait for the note 4'.


Exactly what I decided too.

AhmadCentral  Sep. 27, 2013 at 08:17

Same

I might import my next phone anyway

mrew42  Sep. 27, 2013 at 09:39

Same

I might import my next phone anyway


:) keep us up to date with that one.
Always interested to see what's going on in the far east (got my first tablet through DHgate)

lutin  Sep. 27, 2013 at 11:32

I have a note 2 and was a bit disappointed when the note 3 was unveiled.

I wanted to want to buy it, but none of the new features are making me thing I have to have it..

I was really hoping they would stick an amazing camera on this thing (big sensor, with OIS), that alone would have probably go me to upgrade. But the camera is the same as the s4, so I think I'll skip this.

Was toying with the idea of getting a G2 maybe sometime around Christmas. Anyone else?

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