It was hard to predict how Samsung’s Galaxy Note would be received by consumers when it was first unveiled at IFA 2011 in Berlin. Sporting a 5.3-inch display, the device is too small to be a tablet, yet almost too big to be a smartphone. Yet that hasn’t stopped Android users from snapping them up.
Having already sold 1 million Galaxy Notes during its first month of availability, Samsung has now confirmed that the handset — dubbed a “phablet” by some — has surpassed 5 million ’global cumulative sales’ in its first five months.
The handset has proven to be most popular on Samsung’s home turf, with 67% of its total worldwide shipments making their way to Korea. China, France, and Spain contributed to the largest share of purchases in overseas markets, confirming Samsung’s claims back in December that shipments were “on the rise in Europe and Asia including France, Germany, Hong Kong and Taiwan.”
But despite its popularity, the Galaxy Note is still yet to receive the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade. The software has been delayed while Samsung develops a “Premium Pack” for the device that comes pre-loaded with a suite of applications. There’s still no word on when that will be available.
With 5 million sales to date, the Galaxy Note has answered back at those critics who said there was no call for a super-sized smartphone. But is it just a fad?
Are you a Galaxy Note owner? If so, what do you think of it?
[via The Next Web]