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Samsung shipped 28 million Galaxy Notes in the past year

Samsung is pleased with the sales of their Galaxy Note series. Speaking with the press at IFA in Berlin, CEO J K Shin said:

Galaxy Note 1 and Galaxy Note 2 were sold for a total of over 38 million. We believe Galaxy Note 3 will outdo its predecessors.

We know that the Note series sold to the tune of 10 million last August, so a little rudimentary math tells us that Samsung has seen 28 million leave their factory in the last 12 months. 

While not such a huge number when taking the over one billion Android activations total into account, multi-millions worth of sales means Samsung was right to take a gamble on an extra-large phone, and plenty of people around the world want one.

The Note 3 has the potential to be the most popular of the series so far, and we expect it to be just as popular once it's released.

Source: ETNews

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • I bet if they had kept the same 5.5" screen as the note 2 and instead decreased the overall dimensions, tons more people would be in line.
  • Yeah, 5.5" 1080p would look pretty great and a slightly smaller phone like a jumbo S4 would make me very interested. I almost got a Note 2 but the lower-than-awesome pixel density made me think twice. If the Note 2 had been 1600x900 (330-ish DPI as opposed to 267, which is similar to QHD 4.3" panels) even then it would be my current phone.
  • Yeah, I think that would have been better. But then again, either way the phone is going to be huge.
  • Considering the form and function (two handed use with a stylus) I don't think it would make any sense to go down in size. Maybe next year they will make an S phone that fits between the S5 and Note 4.
  • The phone size didn't increase, I have no problems with that.
  • The Galaxy Note 3 is kept in the same footprint as the current Note 2 which essentially is very amazing. Clearly nobody does that better than Samsung that for sure. The Galaxy S3 was 4.8 inches they made the Galaxy S4 5.0 inches in the same footprint terrific. Can't ask for any better when creating a thinner model. Bottom line if you don't want/like Note products don't buy em who cares about negative comments. There are millions upon millions who do want and like Note products so they purchased. There is nothing on the market today that's better than any Galaxy Note product. If you want a hum drum run of the mill smartphone day to day experience then you buy what's current the Htc One, Motorola Xphone, Nexus 4, Lg Gpro, or all those Droid line products on Verizon. If you need the ultimate experience a productivity/business/multitasking handset on the highest level then you purchase Galaxy Note products.
    The overall experience from a software solutions standpoint and feature implementation standpoint makes the Galaxy Note products unparalleled. Coming soon will be other hum drum dull basic devices Lg G2, Nexus 5, Sony Ultra none of those handsets do nothing for your day to day experience. The Galaxy Note products out sell any products made with the Nexus tag, they outsell the Droid line products, they out sell and silly Lg or Htc products, and Sony products have always been a basic JOKE on the and platform. I will be purchasing the Galaxy Note 3 on October 2nd without fail. Nothing else matters period. Plain and simple if you're not rolling with Samsung then step to the left because you're not rolling at all. Posted from my Galaxy Note 2 via Android Central App.
  • How much does Samsung pay you?
  • Nothing. In fact, I suspect they'd pay him big money to go away. He makes every Samsung owner look dumber by association.
  • Fanboy Lol. Posted via Android Central App
  • He has gone far beyond fanboy. They don't even want him anymore. In fact, I think Verizon paid him to switch to tmo...
  • I have to agree. This phone has bumped up every spec, kept the overall size of phone the same size but better looking. The innovation put into this beast IMO makes it the best Smart Phone in the world. It has it all, That beautiful screen, This phone kills all others on all scores, not that means anything but it does tell you with all the added extras put into this phone it hasn't slowed it down at all. The extra work put into the S pen is great. The very fine and exact lines and letters that the S pen makes is better than last years model. There isn't one feature that hasn't been updated over the Note 2. What I like more than all of the other Notes is the added internal storage for the US market. Last year the added internal storage was only available for the Korean Market. Thank You Samsung. Very excited about this beast. Take my money, I might even get one of those matching watches, what a great package. Haven't been this excited over a Smart Phone since the Nexus One.
  • Well, as crazy as Richard clearly is at least he knows the value of paragraphs.
  • Which is funny because Richard used to write double what this guy wrote and wouldn't hit the Enter/Return key once...
  • I love this guy.  Anyone who is this happy with their purchase makes me jealous. You keep on keeping on, Richard. 
  • You do realize this is the same guy you banned from the forums almost a year ago, right?
  • Yes. There are rules in the forums, that I have to follow even if I don't want to. Out here, shit be more free. :)
  • I have to agree. Not everybody wants a 5.5 or 5.8 in screen. Not everybody wants a stylus. But millions of people bought one and millions are waiting for the next release. Samsung now has others scrambling to play catch up. If you don't want a giant screen, that's easy buy something else. I have the Note 2 and I love it enough that I sold my tablet. If they offered a 6 inch Note 4, millions would buy it and you could count me in. There was a time when they worked on making cell phones smaller and smaller, but that was when all they did was call people. Now, the cell phone does email, texting, gaming, serves as a PIM, serves as an ereader, shows TV and movies... Why would you want it to be smaller? Or, if you really wanted it smaller, just buy an S4 or other smaller model.
  • Gotta love how Yarrell believes popularity = quality. So Yarrell: If Britney Spears sells more albums than Ella Fitzgerald, does that mean she's a better singer?
  • No - but it would mean that millions more people believe that Brittany provides a more entertaining experience. The reason why might differ from person to person (style, voice, dancing, boobs, sheeple, etc) but ticket sales don't lie.
  • The Note series are a great addition to Android phones and for people that want bigger phone options.
    Keep it coming Samsung!
  • I'll be doing my part in increasing sales by upgrading to the Note 3. Posted via Android Central App
  • Makes sense. I see alot of people walking around w/ one, including several of my friends. As an artist, the stylus makes this very tempting for me, too.. but I still want a prayer of using this one-handed.
  • I think capturing the mindshare of people outside of the tech community is important and I think Samsung is doing that. Two of my friends recently bought Note 2s and they don´t care whether it is iOS, Android, Symbian or whatever. One said she liked it because as a PhD student she reads a lot of articles on the go and the big screen was perfect. The other said he liked the note since he can see his building plans on the road, he is a civil engineer. The note series may not be for everyone, but it sure meets the needs of some.
  • in my workplace and in coffee shops i see tons of note 2's around.
  • that's right
  • I am probably getting the Note 3 and not one of my reasons for buying it will be the 5.7" screen. In fact, I wish the screen were closer to the G2 and around the 5.2-5.5" range. But the Note is still an amazing phone without the screen:
    Battery - removable and huge
    Storage - Large storage options with additional SD
    Stylus - not my main reason to buy but it is still nice
    Power - w/3gb ram and the 800 processor, nothing much beats it
    All carrier availability - It will likely be popular w/ tons of accessories/cases
    Screen - Big and beautiful though I think it would be better at 5.2-5.5" Even without the screen it still offers important things that no other phone on the market has
  • I am with you except I would have rathered it be a 6 inch screen. On a side note, how bad is it when you have to edit your post because you just know someone is gonna say 'that's what she said' if you post your original sentence? Posted via Android Central App
  • So much for it being a niche phone as someone said the other day. 28m is nothing to sneeze at and there are plenty of other phones out there that would love to see those kinds of sales. Yes you HTC Posted via Android Central App
  • It is a niche device. 98% of the people buying Android didn't buy it. But that doesn't matter. When the total is over a billion, every niche is huge. Samsung saw this, and grabbed it. They OWN this niche, and probably always will. Even if Apple were to make a 6-inch iPhone, Samsung will still own this space. They make their product better every year, sell more and more of them, and make the fans of a phone this big even more happy than they were the last time. You can't compete against that. This tells me that Samsung: Knows what customers want. Care what they want once they see a profit in it for them. That sounds like an extremely good long-term business model, and part of the reason why Samsung keeps getting bigger and bigger. People like to credit Verizon for kickstarting Android, but that's incorrect. They have done more harm than good, IMO. It's Samsung who has made Android the success it is, and making phones like the Note 3 is a big part of the reason why.
  • It makes one think of the Jobs quote about a product being a failure if it has a stylus.
  • I am more inclined to think a product has failed if the user has to be told they are "holding it wrong".
  • Very true with all that you said. Very well put. The post I am referring to was basically saying that next to none of the Note series have been sold. I agree that in the grand scheme, the overall sales are small but then again most are if you hold it up to 1 BN in sales worldwide.
  • Just one fact to mention... The 28m figure is for the Note "series" not for the phone alone, right? At least that's what the article says.
  • Note 1 10M
    Note 2 28M Note Series is 38M
  • I wonder how many S4's have been shipped in the 6mo's it's been out. I saw a headline that greedy/slug investors are disappointed about sales. Posted via Android Central App
  • The S4 sales may not be as high as Samsung hoped, but they're certainly not bad considering they sold 20 million units within two months of release. Posted from the incredible new Nexus 7
  • This is a tweener year. The s5 will have all those s3 people looking for a new phone since the contract is up Posted via Android Central App
  • Yeah, but the S4 certainly well surpassed the S3 in sales amounts. I wonder if the S5 can continue to build upon the huge amount of users for the S series of Samsung phones. Posted from the incredible new Nexus 7
  • There will be a form/size limit to Note series. My guess is at 6.0 or 6.3. I just can't see the Note getting any bigger without intruding into pad category and all the awkwardness/less portability that comes with it. I think the next generation of Note 4 and 5 has to excel in the expanded and ease of use of stylus application.
  • I see your size limit and agree. Any more than 6 for me starts getting into tablets Posted via Android Central App
  • I was one of the 10 million who purchased the original Note (heck, I even switched carriers and moved to At&t to do so). I am now one of the 28 million who purchased and owns the Note 2. As soon as it lands in the states, I will be one of the ?? millions who buys the Note 3. The Galaxy Note phone is simply an amazing device. Many people, reviewers, and tech sites like this one even, laughed at the device when it was first announced at IFA in September 2011. Today with sales in the millions worldwide, all the early naysayers are watching Samsung laugh all the way to the bank. This phone just fills a void that no other smartphone can rival. For those of us who own one, we know the size of the screen is very useful, and the s-pen is simply one of the most productive features offered on a smartphone. Throw in an amazing battery life, the ability to save your photos and music via expandable memory, and availability on all four major carriers, the Note will be hard for any competitor to beat.
  • The headline states 28 million, the body of the article states 38 million... Posted via Android Central App
  • 10 million for note 1. Posted via Android Central App
  • 10 million sold from August 2011 to August 2012. 28 million sold from August 2012 to August 2013
  • Got it Posted via Android Central App
  • Palm Pre > HTC EVO 4G > HTC EVO 4G LTE > Galaxy Note 2 > Galaxy Note 3.....,4,5,6,7,8
    iPhone may as well be a Palm Pre right now.
  • LOL Apple! Yesterdays technology tomorrow!
  • All I can say is, WELL DONE, SAMSUNG!!
  • THIS. So much this. I'm hard on Samsung, and this is why. They control the Android market share in all categories. LG will never sell 28 Million OG Pros. NEVER. Nobody but Apple will sell 60 million of the same model phone — except Samsung. This is why they need to get it perfect every time. Without them, Android is toast.
  • I so have to bookmark and quote this thread from time to time. Between this and your article yesterday, are you feeling OK? I am starting to worry Posted via Android Central App
  • the best phone overall with no compromise whatsoever (except for plastic haters)
    Big screen with high ppi
    Big capacity and removable Battery
    Big storage and expandable with micro SD
    Stylus for productivity
    The Latest Android out of the box
    Cutting Edge internal spec with 3gb of RAM
    It's not too big and yet not too small in overall size
    is there any phone out there that can match this beast?
  • I have the note 2 and love it!! Can't wait for the note 3. Posted via Android Central App
  • Quite simply, the Note 3 is everything the S4 should have been (if you ignore the screen size and stylus).
  • Did anyone check out the videos where you link several screens together into a much larger display... anyone else think this is the technology they will use for a much larger note 4 with flexible display and yet smaller footprint... in other words a flip phone with dual screen technology, think about a 6" display that converts to a 9" display (edge to edge, thanks to flexible screen) in same footprint of Note 3. Samsung is really pushing innovation, and with Tmobile's Jump program I will have that beast day one as well.