Just in case you were beginning to think that phablet sales would plateau, Samsung's CEO, JK Shin, has revealed that the Galaxy Note 3 is outstripping its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 2, in terms of reaching landmark sales figures. In its first full month of sales, the Galaxy Note 3 has sold over 5 million handsets, a figure that took the Galaxy Note 2 two months to achieve, according to Korean news outlet Hanooki . This achievement is all the more impressive when compared to the original Galaxy Note, which required 5 months to sell 5 million handsets, a milestone that was positively received at the time.
Unlike the Galaxy Note 2 however; which saw a fragmented roll-out, with the US carriers being slow off the mark to bring the model to market; the Galaxy Note 3 has seen a much more coordinated release, with the handset being made available to all the major markets simultaneously. This, coupled with Samsung's huge marketing budget which ensures that every flagship Samsung product is brought to the public's attention, is a huge factor in how Samsung manage to consistently improve sales of its handsets. With info-graphics such as these, you can get a good idea how just how meticulous the Samsung Marketing division is.
Contrary to what might be believed, Samsung's high-end phones aren't the biggest earners, because according to Samsung, who announced their 2013 third quarter earnings call earlier this week – operating profits hit $9.6 billion (10.2 million won) based on their CPU and memory chips sales as well as selling cheaper Galaxy handsets to emerging markets.
No sales figures have been released for the Samsung Gear smartwatch at present, though it is known that Samsung were hoping to sell 2-3 Gears for every 10 Galaxy Note 3s sold which, according to my very rough arithmetic, means Samsung may have sold around 1-1.5 million Gear smartwatches.
In case you have somehow avoided the Samsung marketing machine here is a brief run-down of the Galaxy Note 3 specs and don't forget to check out our review:
- 5.7-inch display, Full HD Super AMOLED (1920—1080)
- Processor: Snapdragon 800 quad-core clocked at 2.3GHz, or Exynos 5 Octa octa-core clocked at 1.9GHz
- 3GB of RAM
- 32GB or 64GB of internal storage
- 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with 4K video recording
- 2 megapixel front-facing camera
- 3200mAh battery
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Are you one of the 5 million-plus Note 3 owners? Did you buy the accompanying Gear smartwatch as well? Are you surprised the Galaxy Note 3 (or even the Galaxy Note range) is selling so well? Let us know in the comments or on our Google Plus page.