Samsung sells 2 million Galaxy Notes, aiming for 10 million this year

Daniel Bader

March 1, 2012 7:10pm


The now-ubiquitous term ‘phablet’ may not be doing Samsung any favours, but it certainly isn’t hurting sales. According to Hankil Yoon (the same one who undermined Samsung’s performance in the tablet space), the company has sold two million Galaxy Note devices since their launch in October, and are aiming for 10 million by the end of 2012. With the launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the recent expansion of the 5.3-inch handset into North America, this may not be such a difficult feat.

Asked by Forbes whether people really need such a large device, Yoon replied, “I think people don’t know what they need. But as soon as they start using it, they think that’s what they need.” Samsung is straddling quite a tenuous line here, though: the Galaxy Note is Canada’s most expensive smartphone. At $199 on a 3-year term and over $700 outright, the Note is more expensive than most phones and tablets, so the question is whether it’s good enough to combine them. Its biggest supporters claim the Note is the best of both worlds, while its detractors — and there are many — scoff at the mere mention of the name.

But this may be to the Note’s benefit: its prolonged, divisive media coverage have kept people talking, and even those who want nothing to do with it know the name. Which is more than can be said for most Android devices out there these days.

You can read our two-part Galaxy Note review, and see for yourself.

Source: Forbes

  • montrealer

    Its their best selling tablet :p

    • Jimbo B.

      RIM?

    • SAM

      OH THE NOTES!!!
      LOOK AT HOW ALL THE PEOPLE ARE GETTING SAMMIE AND THE NOTE!!!
      KEEP IT UP SAMMIE KEEP IT UP!!
      NO GARBAGE HERE, ONLY FIRST CLASS SAMMIE!!

  • Dimitri.k

    Agreed. I love the Galaxy Note. Its amazing how a phone & a tablet together are.

    Also you said “he Galaxy Note is Canada’s most expensive smartphone. At $199 on a 3-year term and over $700 outright” The iPhone 4S 64GB is 369 0n 3 year term & $849 outright which makes it the most expensive smartphone out there. Yes i know i also bashed Apple about raising the prices just because they added a 64GB memory on it.

    Anyways the Galaxy Note is amazing. Samsung did a nice job putting a phone & a tablet together & amazing hardware as well. Proud owner of 1 .

    • 3

      Is your memory 64gb too?

      I think it’s a nice device but pretty much useless. Unless you wear VERY baggy jeans, it won’t work.

      It’s like buying a bus, instead of car. Sure it’s nice have the extra space so you can put a TV, bed instead but is it really practical?

      The note is only for SAM and tech geeks. Sorry but it gets to a point where bigger isn’t better. I believe 4.3 inch is the perfect size. I think the SII is WAY better than the note in terms of practicality and value for money.

    • jayfunk

      How do you take notes on a 4.3 inch screen? Its called the “Note” for a reason. Did you write all your notes in school on 2 inch post it notes or did you use 8.5×11 inch sheets? Bigger is better when it serves a purpose. The note size will be lost on social butterflies who only text with their phones.

      Ill never understand how people spend hundreds of dollars on a cell phone and use it for nothing more than text and Facebook. You don’t need amoled screens and dual core processing for that. I on the other hand use my note for 1080p videos, photo editing, emails, notes, security camera, gaming and communication like text. 4.3 displays don’t cut it for all the above efficiently. In my opinion.

      Example: apple said no one needs a screen bigger then 3.5 inches. Then they released a 9 inch iPhone and called it the ipad and its sold millions. You can’t carry it in your pants so if bigger isn’t better who is buying all the tablets?

    • jayfunk

      ” It’s like buying a bus, instead of car. Sure it’s nice have the extra space so you can put a TV, bed instead but is it really practical?” Go to your nearest camp grounds and you’ll see tons of these “busses” filled with TVs, beds… they are called RVs. Its a billion dollar industry. People use them to travel and live in and the people buying them find them very practical as it fits their needs. Just like the Note. ;)

    • 3

      Want to take notes? How about you buy paper. It came out 500 years ago, comes with a 0Ghz processor and if you are talented it can have graphics that are better than most modern PCs, let alone smartphones. And It comes in different sizes. The 10.5 inch is especially useful to take notes. And best of all, its 1 cent per piece!!! Rather than $700.

      So you are telling me u use ur RV to go to work, do grocery, pick up ur kids, etc. Sure you can do it, but it’s not practical. I am not saying that the note is completely useless, all I am saying is that it’s one of the least practical smartphones out there. Most people who buy the note don’t really need it. They’d be as happy if not happier with their S2 or any other smaller phone.

    • jayfunk

      ” Want to take notes? How about you buy paper. It came out 500 years ago, comes with a 0Ghz processor and if you are talented it can have graphics that are better than most modern PCs, let alone smartphones. And It comes in different sizes. The 10.5 inch is especially useful to take notes. And best of all, its 1 cent per piece!!! Rather than $700.”

      So buy your logic you don’t text or email anyone, you use the postal system right? You know, the system that’s been around for hundreds of years. Doubt it.

      Buying paper and pens, writing your note and then either typing it out on a computer or scanning it, then emailing it (or mailing it using that postal system) then getting a revised copy back then print it out on paper and make changes to it then rescanning it and remailing it sure sounds a lot easier then making a note digitally and hitting a send button. Sarcasm. Like I want to carry pads of paper around all the time when I have a digital device in my pocket. I’m sure you carry pads of paper around at all times and when you want to communicate with someone you write down what you want to say and put it in the mail box. No, you send a text. You seem confused.

      Also… would you want to travel with 6 family members across the country, cook, use the washroom in a small car? Different vehicles for different needs. We’re not talking vehicles, we’re talking mobile electronic devices and I will bet all I own I can do much more with the note then you can with your current device including carrying in in my non baggy pants. I save myself from buying paper and pens too. ;)

    • 3

      jayfunk you sure take ur family across the country everyday, right? That’s why you need ur RV all the time, right? No, you need it once a year, just like the note.

      jayfunk you take my posts way to seriously. Did I insult ur mother? It seems like you would’ve preferred that over insulting your phone. Don’t write a 5 paragraph post as I dont read it. Keep it short it simple… oh wait… you long big things so your writing is big too.. ^^

    • jayfunk

      3 – don’t be upset I proved you wrong. Some of us use our phones for things other then only texting single men on Craigslist. We are all glad you are happy with your inferior iPhone. The end.

      Short enough for you? ;)

    • 3

      When talking to jayfunk I realized a few things:

      1. If the other party can’t argue or doesn’t have anything to say, he just insults you or says ur g*y

      2. You are not allowed to have an opinion. The only opinion you can have here is determined by the following formula:

      If the phone os is android and if phone has all of the lastest specs, then your opinion has to be that the phone kicks a*s, no exceptions.

      If you mention iPhone in a good way, you deserve a death penalty, no exceptions

      If you mention Iphone in a bad way, you gain street credit

      3. What is considered as common sense on mobilesyrup is the following:

      iOS is a rip off from android. I mean it’s perfectly logical that Steve Jobs broke into Google’s headquarters, stole the idea Android code, and managed to release iOS before android. I mean it makes sense! iOS copied Android.

      Apple didn’t invent the modern touch screen smartphone. Why? because some getto touch screen nokia existed before. It doesn’t matter that the nokia was so horrible that nobody wanted to buy it.

      Apple is overpriced. It doesn’t matter that apple has to develop it’s software from scratch whereas samsung and other companies get it for free. It doesn’t matter that apple pays people to review each app. I mean an android user doesn’t mind when someone creates a fake netflixs app and uploads it to the market and steals ur netflixs password (look into cnet for the story). Oh and those Apple stores run on water!! Yes they do! It doesn’t matter that when ur iphone breaks apple will replace it within 10 mins in apple store vs. 3 weeks for your phone to be repaired by an android manufacturer.

      Apple abuses people in china. It doesn’t matter that samsung uses the SAME supplier for their tvs, Foxconn. Who gives a damn… it’s apple’s fault!

      RIM must die. It doesn’t matter that if rim goes down there will be 100k unemployed Canadians in GTA. It’s cool. Samsung will hire them in Korea… they have a ton of openings in the northern parts of korea.

    • 4

      When talking to jayfunk I realized a few things:

      1. If the other party can’t argue or doesn’t have anything to say, he just insults you or says ur g*y

      2. You are not allowed to have an opinion. The only opinion you can have here is determined by the following formula:

      If the phone os is android and if phone has all of the lastest specs, then your opinion has to be that the phone kicks a*s, no exceptions.

      If you mention iPhone in a good way, you deserve a death penalty, no exceptions

      If you mention Iphone in a bad way, you gain street credit

      3. What is considered as common sense on mobilesyrup is the following:

      iOS is a rip off from android. I mean it’s perfectly logical that Steve Jobs broke into Google’s headquarters, stole the idea Android code, and managed to release iOS before android. I mean it makes sense! iOS copied Android.

      Apple didn’t invent the modern touch screen smartphone. Why? because some getto touch screen nokia existed before. It doesn’t matter that the nokia was so horrible that nobody wanted to buy it.

      Apple is overpriced. It doesn’t matter that apple has to develop it’s software from scratch whereas samsung and other companies get it for free. It doesn’t matter that apple pays people to review each app. I mean an android user doesn’t mind when someone creates a fake netflixs app and uploads it to the market and steals ur netflixs password (look into cnet for the story). Oh and those Apple stores run on water!! Yes they do! It doesn’t matter that when ur iphone breaks apple will replace it within 10 mins in apple store vs. 3 weeks for your phone to be repaired by an android manufacturer.

      Apple abuses people in china. It doesn’t matter that samsung uses the SAME supplier for their tvs, Foxconn. Who gives a damn… it’s apple’s fault!

      RIM must die. It doesn’t matter that if rim goes down there will be 100k unemployed Canadians in GTA. It’s cool. Samsung will hire them in Korea… they have a ton of openings in the northern parts of korea.

  • jellmoo

    While I’m happy that Samsung is seing success with the Note, I have to admit I’m a little surprised that this form factor is proving so popular. I thought that the size would turn more people off than it obviously had.

  • Tom

    Choice and diversity are good.

    When these guys churn out new models with only slight variations and new names – primarily to satisfy the carriers who always want something that is new and exclusive – that is bad.

    The Galaxy Note clearly falls on the ‘choice and diversity’ side of this dichotomy.

  • seant

    I am glad the Note 5.3 is doing well. I would have grabbed one if it had been released in North America when it came out originally. Hopefully that will speed the next version of a 5-6″ Note to market. I’ll be waiting and hoping that it will have a huge 3000mAh or so battery, a Nokia like 40Mpixel camera and lots of cores and clock speed. Maybe there will be a large screen GalaxyIII. Sigh…

  • Cody

    I can’t believe how many people adopted the idea of a 5.3″ phone.
    I saw it in person last week and surprisingly I love the size and don’t feel it is TOO big, although yes it’s big.

  • jayfunk

    I’m typing this on my galaxy note and love it. I think they are right, I thought my 4.3 display was big enough but now I can never go back. I didn’t know/need a larger screen until I started using my note for work and note taking and I found I have increased productivity. I can see how people don’t like the size, but those who do find use out of the beautiful large display love it and I hope they achieve their sales goal as I will happily buy a note 2.0 in a few years time.

  • vn33

    Choice is good ! Especially if consumers can choose what they want to carry in their pocket/purse/handbag/briefcase. If it is a good phone, why bash it ? So what if you will never buy it, it will be the right choice for someone else.
    This will be my Dell Streak’s replacment !

  • Brian

    Yes they said samsung note is the most expensive smartphone, Iphone isn’t considered to be smart nor a smartphone, nothing smart about getting an Iphone, unless you like 2010 specs for 2012. Sorry I like my smartphone to have a big screen than a tinny 3.5” like the Small Iphone.

    • 3

      You see, you value specs over functionality. What you fails to acknowledge is that the iPhone does not need the same specs as other smartphones to be as smooth.

      Let’s put it this way. Before I had my HTC panache, I had an iPhone 3gs. Even though the 3gs had a fraction of the ram and processor power, it wasn’t as smooth as the 3gs. I think it’s because the software is optimized for the hardware.

      Going back to what you said. Yeah the 3.5” screen is crap. I think if Apple doesn’t allow for more customizability or if it doesn’t release more, different iPhone each year, the iPhone will become a mac – 10% market share.

      The iOS is the father of WP7 and Android, so don’t say it’s not a smartphone. Had Apple not released the iPhone, you and I would be using a symbian Nokia.

  • 3

    I made a typo in the 2nd sentence. It should say “Even though the 3gs had a fraction of the ram and processor power, it was as smooth as the Panache.

  • Regina Falange

    I love my note. By far best phone I’ve ever owned. It’s perfect size and everyone always asks about it out of envy

  • Cell Hell

    I wish my carrier had the note. My Nexus screen size is a big improvement over an old iphone but bigger still would be better. It’s so much easier to surf the net.

  • Jesso2k

    Its my first antipersonnel. I just overclocked it, set up a new launcher and started running a battery saving app… Its now the best phone I could imagine, and this is coming from a guy who was once a loyal palm pre and iPhone 4 owner.

    Playing games like gta 3 at full settings with a ps3 controller while downloading a torrent is something I’ll never take for granted and judge all future handsets on.

  • Jesso2k

    *Android phone not antipersonnel…

    Autocorrect problems never change.

  • Matt

    I didnt think these would sell, but Im glad they are. They make me more money than most other smartphones. That said, they definitely arent for everyone. They are aimed at people who use the smartphone for everything but phoning. Not that you dont phone, but the other functions come first. Id say probably seven out of ten people who I sign up for this are initially looking for a text and data plan with limited minutes.

  • 4

    When talking to jayfunk I realized a few things:

    1. If the other party can’t argue or doesn’t have anything to say, he just insults you or says ur g*y

    2. You are not allowed to have an opinion. The only opinion you can have here is determined by the following formula:

    If the phone os is android and if phone has all of the lastest specs, then your opinion has to be that the phone kicks a*s, no exceptions.

    If you mention iPhone in a good way, you deserve a death penalty, no exceptions

    If you mention Iphone in a bad way, you gain street credit

    • jayfunk

      :)

  • 4

    3. What is considered as common sense on mobilesyrup is the following:

    iOS is a rip off from android. I mean it’s perfectly logical that Steve Jobs broke into Google’s headquarters, stole the idea Android code, and managed to release iOS before android. I mean it makes sense! iOS copied Android.

    Apple didn’t invent the modern touch screen smartphone. Why? because some getto touch screen nokia existed before. It doesn’t matter that the nokia was so horrible that nobody wanted to buy it.

    Apple is overpriced. It doesn’t matter that apple has to develop it’s software from scratch whereas samsung and other companies get it for free. It doesn’t matter that apple pays people to review each app. I mean an android user doesn’t mind when someone creates a fake netflixs app and uploads it to the market and steals ur netflixs password (look into cnet for the story). Oh and those Apple stores run on water!! Yes they do! It doesn’t matter that when ur iphone breaks apple will replace it within 10 mins in apple store vs. 3 weeks for your phone to be repaired by an android manufacturer.

    Apple abuses people in china. It doesn’t matter that samsung uses the SAME supplier for their tvs, Foxconn. Who gives a damn… it’s apple’s fault!

    RIM must die. It doesn’t matter that if rim goes down there will be 100k unemployed Canadians in GTA. It’s cool. Samsung will hire them in Korea… they have a ton of openings in the northern parts of korea.

  • 4

    3. What is considered as common sense on mobilesyrup is the following:

    iOS is a rip off from android. I mean it’s perfectly logical that Steve Jobs broke into Google’s headquarters, stole the idea Android code, and managed to release iOS before android. I mean it makes sense! iOS copied Android.

    Apple didn’t invent the modern touch screen smartphone. Why? because some getto touch screen nokia existed before. It doesn’t matter that the nokia was so horrible that nobody wanted to buy it.

    • jayfunk

      A recent study showed 94% of all Apple iPhone users are emotional women. I think that explains this strange Apple outburst of anger.

    • voice of reason

      Dear “3” or “4”,

      There are many different kinds of people on this planet. It’s what make us interesting. Everyone has different tastes and needs. Imagine if everyone on this planet was like you? Even you would be bored. Everyone liking the same thing, doing the same thing. No innovation, no excitement.

      The “Note” is NOT for everyone, but for the people that it is, it the best tool for them. For you it is not. Your phone is the best tool for you! iPhones are best for some, WP are best for some and Androids are best for some. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but for you to FORCE your opinion on others and only say the “Note” is bad like a broken record makes you a TROLL.

      The internet is a nice anonymous place where bad people can be as free and annoying as they wish…

      Please grow up!

  • 4

    Apple is overpriced. It doesn’t matter that apple has to develop it’s software from scratch whereas samsung and other companies get it for free. It doesn’t matter that apple pays people to review each app. I mean an android user doesn’t mind when someone creates a fake netflixs app and uploads it to the market and steals ur netflixs password (look into cnet for the story). Oh and those Apple stores run on water!! Yes they do! It doesn’t matter that when ur iphone breaks apple will replace it within 10 mins in apple store vs. 3 weeks for your phone to be repaired by an android manufacturer. It doesn’t matter that samsung uses plastic… we love plastic!!!

    Apple abuses people in china. It doesn’t matter that samsung uses the SAME supplier for their tvs, Foxconn. Who gives a damn… it’s apple’s fault!

    RIM must die. It doesn’t matter that if rim goes down there will be 100k unemployed Canadians in GTA. It’s cool. Samsung will hire them in Korea… they have a ton of openings in the northern parts of korea.

  • 4

    Apple is overpriced. It doesn’t matter that apple has to develop it’s software from scratch whereas samsung and other companies get it for free. It doesn’t matter that apple pays people to review each app. I mean an android user doesn’t mind when someone creates a fake netflixs app and uploads it to the market and steals ur netflixs password (look into cnet for the story). Oh and those Apple stores run on water!! Yes they do! It doesn’t matter that when ur iphone breaks apple will replace it within 10 mins in apple store vs. 3 weeks for your phone to be repaired by an android manufacturer. It doesn’t matter that samsung uses plastic, we love plastic!!!!

  • 4

    Apple abuses people in china. It doesn’t matter that samsung uses the SAME supplier for their tvs, Foxconn. Who gives a damn… it’s apple’s fault!

    RIM must die. It doesn’t matter that if rim goes down there will be 100k unemployed Canadians in GTA. It’s cool. Samsung will hire them in Korea… they have a ton of openings in the northern parts of korea.

    • jayfunk

      Strange … I didn’t hear about Samsung putting so much pressure on a factory employee for losing a product that they committed suicide. Did you? Apple think their products are magical and hold more value then human life. In reality they are junk. Go apple, yay.

      Now take your tiny screen and cry elsewhere. :)

  • Domingo

    Fact of the matter is Android phones are for more techy people. Iphones are generally for women, kids and none techy’s. Nothing wrong with that. I bought an iphone for the wife. She loves it. For me, it’s more toy than phone but you really have to know yourself to pick the right phone. I played with the note this weekend and it’s a great phone. However, the size will be an issue without the right case. There’s more screen, meaning more chance of smashing the the screen. If you have any girth at all, it’s going to get caught on things when sitting in a holster on your belt. You need an almost flexible, elastic type holster. As far as using it, sweet. For now I’ll stick with my Nexus S.

  • Just Saying

    well the note is a good size as well as is the best smartphone i have ever owned why?
    Ok. If you use the note for two weeks and go back to a 4.5″ or a 3.5″ you will start to laugh how small is the screen is
    If the phone is big you will never use it again. If you are not comfortable with it
    Iphone is a joke i know so many people switch to larger screen because surfing a web on a 3.5 is a joke

    Sent from Rogers Galaxy NOTE

  • ShootTheBanker

    This jayfunk vs. 3/4 thing is too much.

  • forreal

    This is wrong. Samsung shipped 2 million units, they did not sell 2 million units. Get it right.

    • Dimitri.k

      Got any proof of it? If you do please provide it instead of talking s**t. Another icrap here.