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Galaxy Note tops two million sales in South Korea

updated 08:00 pm EDT, Wed May 2, 2012

Phablet crosses two million mark in just five months

Samsung announced today that the Galaxy Note has sold two million units since its release five months ago. The stylus-enabled "phablet" hit the two million mark in the shortest period for any Korean LTE phone to date.

The Galaxy Note, which will soon receive a software update to take better advantage of its unique capabilities, received mixed reactions upon its announcement, as its 5.3-inch form factor straddles the border between phone and tablet. The hearty reception in South Korea, though, signals a degree of validation for Samsung's gamble on the in-between device.

Electronista spent some time with the Galaxy Note back in February, noting that its huge screen was ideal for reading, web surfing, and some apps. We were also impressed with its photo and movie quality, as well as its strong camera app and photo editing capabilities. The overall size of the device could be a drawback for some users, though, and, at release, the stylus was more of a novelty than a difference maker.

In March, Samsung announced that it had sold two million units and shipped five million units of the Galaxy Note worldwide.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The next iPhone -

    Better have some SERIOUS screen real estate,
    otherwise a finished Siri
    or a great metal casing
    will not keep it from looking

    Puny & Dated...

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ah, the Stylus ROCKS!

    its the most natural way of doing anything graphical, plus it's pressure sensitive, and with ICS (started deployment this week) having built in hooks for the stylus, the whole OS benefits from it's use!

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


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    Yeah pressure sensitive stylus does make a lot of sense on a 5 inch screen without any pro software to drive.

    Beside they only sold 40% of their production, this is not a hearty reception by any metric.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969



    These are just the few I have tried, some are quite good even if free, and some have free versions almost as good as the paid one (Sketchbook express IS AWESOME!)

    AutoCAD WS,
    SketchBook Pro,
    Design Review mobile,
    Inventor Publisher Viewer,
    photoshop touch,

    and my favorite (so far) for fast pencil sketching:
    "Hello Colorpencil" do not let it's simple interface fool you!
    There is a new one I've yet to try that looks very nice:
    "Infinite Painter", user are saying it eats StekchBook pro alive...

    Most of these are for art minded people but if you like "Draw something" with your finger or blunt capacitive stylus, you will go crazy for the Galaxy Note version!

    All but a couple of these are not pressure sensitive, but even then the app benefits from the automatic palm rejection of the hardware. There is no need for a special function in the app consuming processor cycles to do palm rejection, its done by the hardware S-Pen; and of course you can do transparent pans and zooms with finger gesture - WHILST holding the pen, that alone makes my current full sized tablet obsolete.

    But the best is that Android 4 has built in pressure sensitivity, so it will be a snap for any new app to support it, and the aforementioned hardware palm rejection anywhere you choose to use the stylus.

    5.3 inches is indeed very small but that IS precisely the reason you can carry it with you everywhere, I'm drawing more now than when I bought my Cintiq!!!

    The iPad has the best screen there is period, but it's a shame Apple is still caught in Steve's prejudiced view of styli, no matter how justified it was when the Newton (still love mine) came out. There are several styli for the iPad but only the ones I've seen on KickStarter are interesting to artists, but still they are not an elegant solution as adding an inductive layer to the screen would be.

    Check out what some Deviants are doing with their Notes 5.3 inch screen:§ion=&global=1&q=%22galaxy+note%22

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    One more thing...

    There is a new Note coming just around the corner with a 10.1 inch screen and of course the awesome Wacom digitizer built in.

    A prototype of it was shown at Barcelona last February but it still had the same screen resolution as the much smaller Note. Samsung makes the screens on the new iPad so there is quite a good chance they will come out with a similar screen with the Wacom tech in it.

    The 10." Note will not make me dump my current smaller one that I use even on the bank line, but it will surely put my current 21UX out on Ebay!

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