Samsung: 10 million Galaxy Notes sold worldwide

We were on the ground at Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 launch event earlier today, where the company briefly announced that it's sold more than 10 million Galaxy Note smartphones worldwide. The original Note, which made its debut in late October 2011 in Europe before coming to the U.S. in February, was the first 5-plus-inch phone to be met with mainstream success, taking many in the mobile world by surprise.

Samsung surpasses 10 million units sold a little over four months after it hit the 5 million milestone. We imagine the U.S. launches of the Note, combined with continued promotion throughout the recent Olympic Games, were instrumental in pushing the Note over the 10 million mark.

The company is expected to launch a successor to the original Galaxy Note at its pre-IFA press conference on Aug. 29 in Berlin, Germany, with rumors pointing to a larger screen still, and a bump up to a quad-core CPU. We'll be live from Berlin on the 29th, so keep it locked to AC for future Galaxy Note announcements.

Alex Dobie
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  • I hope the Gnote2 makes its way to the US by mid-November when my contract is up...
  • Ha LOL My contract ends in Nov and im all about BIG cellphones.
  • Sure they did... Samsung's secret sales data, exposed in court filings, show that the company only sold 262,000 Galaxy Tab units in 2010, rather than the 2 million units it claimed to have. Samsung made global headlines in November 2010 after bragging it had sold 600,000 Galaxy Tabs in its first month. It later claimed to have shipped 2 million of its tablet devices by the end of 2010, saying sales were "faster than expected." Market research groups, including Strategy Analytics, Gartner and IDC, jumped on Samsung's reported tablet figures to contrast them with Apple's iPad and to suggest Android was winning significant market share in tablet sales. Neil Mawston, a director at Strategy Analytics, declared at the time that "the Samsung Galaxy Tab was the main driver of Android success," noting that Android tablet shipments had jumped from just 100,000 in the previous quarter to 2.3 million in the winter quarter, almost entirely due to Samsung. However, it's now clear that Samsung simply lied about how many tablets it was actually selling. Android tablets weren't successful at all, and Samsung's tablet sales weren't driving anything. Quite Smooth? Samsung's lies first began to unravel early in 2011, when the company was forced to admit that the "sales" numbers it was reporting to the media were actually "sell-in" to fill channel inventory, not "sell-out" to actual buyers. When asked for more information about how many Galaxy Tab units were actually being sold to end users, Samsung executive Lee Young-hee answered, "our sell-in was quite aggressive and this first quarterly result was quite, you know, fourth-quarter unit [figure] was around two million." "Then, in terms of sell-out, we also believe it was quite smooth. We believe, as the introduction of new device, it was required to have consumers invest in the device. So therefore, even though sell-out wasn?t as fast as we expected, we still believe sell-out was quite OK." Lee's comments were originally transcribed as "quite small," something that the company and its supporters quickly insisted was a mistake, saying that Samsung's actual tablet sell through to consumers wasn't "quite small," it was "quite smooth." Steve Jobs quoted Samsung's "quite small" statement when introducing iPad 2, something industry pundits jumped upon as inappropriate and a misinterpretation of what Lee had actually said. As it turns out, however, Samsung's tablet sales were actually about a tenth of what the company was claiming. Quite Small! Samsung's real sales were clearly "quite small." The company's sales are now a matter of public record, and according to the company's own filings, it only sold 262,000 Galaxy Tabs in the winter quarter of 2010, not two million. Then, in 2011, Galaxy Tab sales collapsed. Throughout the year, the original 7 inch model only sold 77,000, then 133,000, then 92,000 and finally 102,000 in each quarter, totaling just 404,000 units the entire year. Speaking to analysts in October 2010, Jobs had predicted that 7 inch tablets like the Galaxy Tab would fail, despite the tech media's giddy anticipation of the "avalanche of tablets poised to enter the market." Jobs: 7 inch tablets will be DOA "We think the 7 inch tablets will be dead on arrival," Jobs said, "and manufacturers will realize they're too small and abandon them next year. They'll then increase the size, abandoning the customers and developers who bought into the smaller format." Jobs was dead on accurate. Samsung subsequently introduced 10" Galaxy Tab models at Mobile World Congress at the beginning of 2011, but after Apple introduced iPad 2, Samsung returned to the drawing board, noting, "we will have to improve the parts that are inadequate. Apple made it very thin." Samsung later claimed that its redesigned Galaxy Tab was thinner than Apple'd iPad 2, before being caught in the lie by InformationWeek and unable to back up its claims. However, Samsung's sales data shows that the company only sold a total of 133,000 of those larger tablets in the second quarter of 2011, then 201,000 in the third and 245,000 in the fourth quarter. Source: Apple v. Samsung court documents Samsung still hasn't sold 2 million Galaxy Tabs Both sizes of the "accused tablets" combined sold a total of just 983,000 in 2011. This year, Samsung's sales of all Galaxy Tab models have imploded, selling just 193,000 across the first two quarters of 2012. To date, Samsung hasn't sold even 1.5 million Galaxy Tabs in two years. In contrast, Apple sold 7.8 million iPads in 2010, and went on to sell 15.9 million more in 2011. It has sold another 27 million in the first three calendar quarters of 2012, 17 million in the last quarter alone. Samsung's gross misrepresentation of its tablet sales is not just a credibility problem for the company, but also fires a huge hole through the numbers reported by market analysts who blindly run with them. Strategy Analytics, Gartner, IDC and others for example, assigned Samsung significant tablet "market share" back in 2010 based on its announced shipments of 2 million Galaxy Tabs, deducting this "share" from Apple to arrive at the suggestion that the iPad maker was "only" responsible for around 77 to 83 percent of the tablets being sold. In reality, Apple has sold virtually all of the tablets users have purchased. No market for 7 inch tablets? If Samsung actually shipped 2 million 7 inch Galaxy Tabs in 2010, and it has since only sold 725,000 of them in the last two years as its documented figures indicate, there should be an unsold inventory of 1.3 million mini-tablets out there, somewhere. Combined with the fact that the only 7 inch tablets that are known to have sold in any quantity at all are Amazon's Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus 7, neither of which is capable of selling at a sustainable hardware profit, the market appears bleak for 7 inch tablets that function like stretched smartphones.
  • And yet, Apple is releasing a 7" tablet???
  • I know, right ? :)
  • There is so much fail here... I don't even know where to start.
  • Obvious troll is obvious... (-__-)
  • When I come to buy a note at the end of December, I shall not give a damn about numbers sold and what Steve may have said.
  • Excuse me P€N¡$ breath, I have a couple of suggestions for you; go and play with yourself in busy traffic drop dead you zombie TROLL take your TROLL bullshit & shove it up your geeky ass get your head out of Steve BlowJobs' ass since that appears where you've been since last October and finally, accept the fact you have no life away from your gay deadbeat iTroll club But more importantly - nobody here gives a shit what your dead hero said or thought except for the fact that Obama was/is/and always will be nothing more than the community activist fluke he ALWAYS was and won't win another term. What excuse (reason) will you have if and when he is re-elected by your fellow "share the wealth" degenerate brothers & sisters your hero Steve BlowJobs predicted he wouldn't win? I suspect even more useless iTroll rants! So I beg you once again, go and play with yourself in busy traffic and drop dead you gay tart!
  • Apple Fanboy much? I'm pretty sure you are comparing their claimed GLOBAL SALES to the LOCAL US SALES which were actually produced in court. Unless you are claiming that the US Market is the only market Samsung is in, then good for you. I guess you kinda had to go on an anti Samsung rant the moment you saw this article and didn't even bother to read the title. I have and use the SGNote and I love the size and the spen. If Samsung discontinues the SGNote line in the future, then I will be looking for another model with the same screen size. That's the beauty of Android, I am not tied down to a single manufacturer hoping against hope that I would love or like their next latest and greatest model. If I see HTC, Moto, Asus, Amazon or Sony make something I like, I'm not stuck with my Samsung. That's why Apple users are fanatics and desperate to defend Jobs and Apple, if they mess up and drop the ball by coming out with a mediocre phone/laptop/tablet, you are all screwed.
  • Get a life dude. They are talking about a phone not a tablet. you also are listing numbers without any labeling they may have sold more in foreign countries then here. Also don't write comments longer then the article.
  • Samsung only had to release US sales #'s.
    Never mind, I am not playing today.
  • With the long comment I lost interest in the article. Just saying.
  • So, then, why did PocketPCs fail? Too soon???
  • I still use my iPAQ! Priceless. Some data I prefer to not have on a cell phone.
  • reading that shitty post really brought my day to a screeching halt can't believe someone decided to write all of that out, it's really embarrassing
  • It was probably a copy paste. iTrolls aren't smart enough to type out a comment that long.
  • My G-Note is hands down the best phone I ever owned. That said, I rarely uses it as a phone. It is my personal mobile office.
  • they sure like the number 10 million. Makes me think that's how many they ship
  • I believe I have #1,537,421 as I bought on USA Launch day back in Feb. I LOVE my GNote and will definately be interested in GN2 when it comes to AT&T.
  • Mackie99 A.K.A. "The Troll" Did Samsung Fire You ?