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JK Shin: 5 million Galaxy Note 3s shipped in first month

A few days ago news broke of the Galaxy S4 sales passing the 40 million mark, and now we're seeing the first indication of how quickly Samsung is getting Galaxy Note 3 devices out into stores. According to reports from Korean outlet Hanooki, Samsung CEO JK Shin revealed at a recent media event that his company had shipped 5 million Galaxy Note 3s during the device's first month of availability.

To put that in perspective, the company moved 3 million Galaxy Note 2s in that device's first month, a number which had jumped to 5 million by the end of the second month. This time around the Note 3 saw a smoother global rollout than its predecessor, with the crucial U.S. market being among the first to launch the oversized handset. This, together with Samsung's ramped-up marketing of the device, likely contributed to the Note 3 reaching its five-millionth shipment so quickly.

For more on the Galaxy Note 3, check out our full review.

Source: Hanooki (Korean) (opens in new tab); via: SamMobile (opens in new tab)

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • impressive but how many sold ... thats what counts
  • go to asia and you will see how every asian girls carrying Notes.... US is not only country in the world....
  • usa is what matters to me honestly i have sold 10 since its been released O_o
  • Yes because Samsung has something to prove to YOU... for investors and the rest of the world shipped=sold.
  • When you say "Asia" what country are you talking about? I am Aquaman.
  • I live in Japan a vast majority have iPhone s here. They're all about them.
    "Asian Girls" have small hands so it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to say that.
    I am Aquaman.
  • just because you have small hands, does not mean you won't be interested in the Note. I've seen plenty of small girls here in the US who carries the Note line.
  • I didn't say people with small hands wouldn't be interested. I was replying to the "Asian girls" comment. I said nothing about the US. I am Aquaman.
  • =sold
  • Plain and simple nothing beats Samsung or the Galaxy Note products period. The overall success of this device is definitely expected nothing on the market compares period. This is the ultimate business productivity multitasking device ever made as well as the Note 2. It's pretty comical to see other devices arrive to market that are ONLY BIG with NO functionality. I had the Note 2 and now have the Note 3 and will be purchasing the Note 4 come next October without fail. The Note 3 will sell upwards to 30 to 40 million alone very easily. Posted from my Galaxy Note 3 on Tmobile via Android Central App
  • The Note 3 is awesome. You, however, are a joke.
  • This. I like the note 3 but every time Yarell opens his mouth is like an advertisement for Samsung and makes him sound worse than a snobby apple lover, I think he is giving people a reason to not like Samsung products if this is what fans sound like. Posted via Android Central App
  • He is slipping though. He used to write individual responses but now he has gone the cut and paste route with canned stuff. Son I am disappointed ----------------------------------------------------
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  • He's always done that. I can recall many instances over a year ago that he would copy/paste the same thing on any and all Samsung related articles here or any website that uses Disqus. I know because I remember calling him out on it, to which he rarely ever replied (typical).
  • Your check is in the mail.
  • once it's shipped, it will be sold, somewhere.
  • so you are one of those that think companys ship merchandise out for free and hope they will be sold..if they are shipped from the factory somebody has bought does not matter who..they are sold as soon they ship from the gates..the money is in the account...
    does the token fall down
  • Nice. Wish I had one. Posted via Android Central App
  • Hardly supprising considering what a truely sublime piece of tech the Note 3 is, Its fast at 2.3ghz Screen is crisp with the Full Hd Screen at 386ppi super amoled, and with the Andreno 330 gpu wow its great oh and i must mention the 3gb of ram. The Design and form factor is great with the faux leather back and stitching offering a great look and feel to the device. The features with the S-Pen eg Action Memo, Scrapbooker, And Pen Window are well suited to the note 3 and offer great functionality in multi-tasking. To sum up in my personal opinion and based on my needs -it suites my design tastes and the features are just apt for my lifestyle. A great device and the best on market at this point in time ( in my personal opinion). Posted via Android Central App
  • Not to mention USB 3.0!
  • Not to mention the great battery life. I spent 4 hours writing pseudo code on it and I expected the battery to really be dead. I was pleasantly surprised to find it didn't chew up much at all, comparatively speaking. The only improvement would be better placement of the speaker, not to mention a better speaker over all ----------------------------------------------------
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  • I had the Note 2. I was always super surprised at the battery. I agree the speaker leaves something to be desired. I use BT speaker or headphones 90% of the time though. So it never bothered me much. |❌_❌|
  • So do I but last weekend I was in the office by myself and had the speaker going. It was so bad I am still talking about it. The headphone sound is where it should be, just the external is bad ----------------------------------------------------
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  • I agree on both points. The battery life is quite good. I can use my phone moderately to heavily for about 14 to 16 hours before I need a charge. However, if I lighten my load, this thing will kick for quite a while longer. As far as the speaker goes, I think it's fine for talking through speaker phone, but for media it leaves something to be desired. Also, this is my first Android phone, and I didn't know this before, but why the heck can't I turn my phone upside-down and have it rotate the screen appropriately?! It's so annoying sometimes...
  • I am probably a Samsung fan boi (hate the term) and I'm not getting a check from them for a post like that! I have 3 Sammy tv's, refrigerator, note2, 3, 8.0 and the 10.1 2014. Where do I sign up? Lmao Posted via Android Central App
  • Richard Yarell has some competition.
  • Lol! Posted via Android Central App
  • Not sure if this is good news or not for Black Friday Shoppers? Will phone OEM's want to push sales even more and offer deals for the Note 3 or will they want to get rid of old stock of Galaxy 4's or something else. Maybe if there is plenty of extra stock there will be deals. This is #1 on my list right now. maybe the Nexus 5 announcement will help bring down the price of the Note 3?
  • Uhhhhh we Allready know the specs thank you for proving your a Samsung salesmen. Lol Posted via Android Central App
  • Bla bla Duncan, you sound like a Samsung tool or some astroturf moron
  • Hahaha is that an intelectual reply me thinks not you brain dead fuck. Posted via Android Central App
  • Glad to read this. I bought the Note 3 and it's my first Android phone. The were the things I was liking forward to when researching it: the stylus and thus the notetaking abilities, the large screen, and the beefy hardware. After having had it for a few weeks now I would say that I'm pleased with my choice. The stylus rocks, though I wish some apps were compatible with it (apparently, some just don't have it enabled), the screen is large bright and crisp, and everything moves and respond quickly to my every command with only the slightest slowdown at times when I am multitasking like a beast. I highly recommend it to anyone willing to try out something a little larger than normal. I not only got used to the large screen but genuinely came to prefer it. My next phone will most likely be another Note unless someone comes out with something better that's equally as functional.
  • Don't write that the note 3 has slowdowns Nonexus won't believe it and ask you to prove it lol. Posted via Android Central App
  • Samsung shipped 5 million delicate Note 3 phones worth $700 a pop....and only about 10 Note 3 cases judging from how hard it is to find them in stock.
  • Except they aren't delicate, relatively speaking.
  • Really? So take a video of you dropping yours 3 - 4 feet onto concrete without a case on it and show us how not delicate it is. If you can do that without the phone taking damage, then I'll believe that it's not delicate.
  • What part of the word "relatively" did you not understand?
  • That is my only very minor gripe is the speaker not in the placement, but in the quality its not poooor by any means but Samsung could have put in two speakers at the bottom with larger drivers. But to be honest who uses the speaker as a constant way of listening to music and video's anyway? I use headphones like many and have a dock and watch films through my t.v and have a brilliant audio set up. So that is very minor stuff. Its my phone of choice and one that i know i will be very happy with for 2 years. Although the Rumours about the S5 do sound gooood so far. Posted via Android Central App
  • Agreed. I must say it's the best phone I have ever had.
  • I see this question asked a lot on the forums/comments sections. I rarely use headphones and almost always use the phone's speakers for listening to music and videos. I know that there are different lifestyles and habits, but am I that rare?
  • Well each to their own in regards to the use of the phones speaker, i however like many are sensible and No phone will ever match the sound from headphones or a goood audio system. Can i ask if you watching a film through your t.v for example do you use the phones speaker and not an audio system? Or when you travelling by bus train ect do you use the phones speaker? As i find that very annoying when people do that especially if i want to chill and read a book or browse the web, so your one of the annoying bunch lol Posted via Android Central App
  • And yes USB 3.0 is great as is the battery life i am constantly watching videos and web browsing and taking calls and its handled all very well instead of chaging twi times a day im just charging overnight so all is great. Would i recomend the Note 3 oh yes its one fine cell phone or as we say here in the UK Mobile lol Posted via Android Central App
  • I from my perspective cant find any negatives other than a slight gripe with the speaker, and please dont mention touchwiz im tired of that debate lol always other launchers eg Novo, Apec ect ect. For anyone reading this that isnt a Note 3 owner and is perhaps thinking about it. All i can say to sum up is "that it is that goood". So head down to your nearest store and buy. Posted via Android Central App
  • All of the Touchwiz comments aren't necessarily in opposition to other launchers. I have had most of the major Samsung phones. The inconsistencies (for no apparent reason) between the Galaxy S4 and the Note 3 for the settings and other options are annoying. The inconsistencies aren't there because of the type of device, as there were more similarities between the Note II and the S4. It would make sense if these items were improvements, but there are things that are missing that I don't understand. There are also differences between the different carrier versions, but that's another discussion.
  • Got one for my wife and we both love it. Better built, feel, looks and performance and sales are up. Metal casing will sell even better.
    People have no clue how many hidden but extremely useful features are in that device and Samsung is just bringing more.
    I'm not a Sammy fan but they stepped up their game with this one and we should thank them because this is pushing competitors out of the comfort zone. Posted via Android Central App
  • Great device! Fast, beautiful, light and very clever. That extra gig of RAM really picks it up. Thunderbolt -> Galaxy S3 -> Galaxy Note 3
  • I'm still giggling like a schoolgirl at all the things I can do with it!
  • And 3 Million of them still remain in the retail stores.
  • Wake up. You're having a dream.
  • Im obviously into and support Samsung its just my phone of choice that i feel with the features and screen size and inovation provides me with the best user experiance. That said i am open minded in regards to other manufacurers like Htc with the one what a great design and from what i have read a well performing phone in terns of functionality. The Sony range experia z, z1, z ultra ect, The G2, and The Moto x and Apple however the latter is a sticking point as they do lack that quality and excitement many many will dissagree im sure but with Tim Cook running things i cant see any real buzz for Apple products, they used to mean stability, inovation but since Jobs not so much. My point being that its great to see that many can see how great the Note 3 is. Posted via Android Central App
  • Turbowned is that a FACT or just you posting random crap? Posted via Android Central App
  • Sarcasm? Posted via Android Central App
  • This phone will be the first Samsung phone to get android 4.4. They are already testing a 4.4 build.
  • And this^^^^is the reason why I choose the Note 3 over the soon to be released N5.And sir,your check is in the mail as well. Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3
  • My brother just got white version 32GB 30min ago Posted via Android Central App
  • That's amazing. And people say that Android's market share is dropping. Here comes the Nexus 5! Posted from the Google Nexus 7 2012 via Android Central App