Phablets are fab: Samsung Galaxy Note hits a million units shipped

Phablets are fab: Samsung Galaxy Note hits a million units shippedIt's not exactly a game-changing figure, but Samsung is nonetheless pretty chuffed that its super-sized Galaxy Note smartphone has hit a million units shipped since its launch a couple of months ago.

Now that's units shipped as opposed to units sold – and you can ask RIM if you're thinking there isn't much difference – but it's still a decent figure for a device that seems to resist all attempts at being categorised.

After all, it's a phone because it can make calls. But with a 5.3in screen it's bigger than several devices that have described themselves as tablets.

It also comes with a stylus, but rather than be embarrassed by the fact as general wisdom and unhappy reminders of clunky PDAs of years gone by suggest it should, it celebrates the S-Pen as its key feature – in fact, it's the feature that inspires the Galaxy Note name in the first place.

Samsung itself doesn't seem sure what the Galaxy Note is, and its “Phone? Tablet?” marketing wibble led to the creation of the term “phablet”, though we're not expecting the name will take off.

But the Galaxy Note itself just might. Samsung has revealed that the quirky Android device has now gone past a million units shipped, and that's just from Europe and Asia – it only launches in the US in the new year.

Samsung is quoted as saying that “1 million global shipping of Galaxy Note means it has well positioned itself as a market creator”, though looking at the current state of play in the tablet market, Sammy might be better concentrating on the markets that already exist before trying to create new ones.

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Treab  Dec. 29, 2011 at 18:05

thats not bad considering it was launched november? thats 500,000 a month....

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 29, 2011 at 18:25

The one I have "on loan" is actually growing on me.
After a while you get used to the size. The problem is going back to a 4in or smaller screen for browsing etc...

But to the points above: shipping numbers mean little. Samsung shipped what - 10 or so million of the first. Galaxy tab of which an estimated 9 million were NOT sold ;)

Treab  Dec. 29, 2011 at 18:28

i knew it was stolen ;)

blizzard7  Dec. 29, 2011 at 20:17

The one I have "on loan" is actually growing on me.

Man, how much bigger can a 5.3" device actually get?

jmarcelino  Dec. 30, 2011 at 00:10

"After a while you get used to the size."

Have you tried some lube?

Treab  Dec. 30, 2011 at 00:12

Jm the size isnt the issue by the looks of it...

its down to the way its 'growing' ;)

EnricoQ  Feb. 2, 2012 at 06:43

There are smartphones and there are tablets, and then there is the space in-between.


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