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.