Now that Mobile World Congress is over, it’s time to digest the news and see what happens over the next 12 months. Will LG’s massive portfolio of smartphones fly off store shelves? Will HTC’s One flop? Will Sony’s experiment with Firefox OS turn into something that’s actually desirable? And let’s not forget about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0, will people buy it?
According to DigiTimes, our favorite Taiwanese news/rumor site, the South Korean hardware maker aims to ship about a million units of their 8 inch mobile phone every month. Is that a lot? Yes and no. Let’s look back to 2011 when Samsung announced the first generation Galaxy Note, the one with a 5.3 inch screen. Last year, in August, Samsung announced that they managed to sell 10 million of them. The device hit store shelves in October 2011, so that’s 10 million units in 11 months, or a little over 900,000 units per month.
For Samsung to assume that the Note 8.0 will surpass the growth of the first Note says quite a lot. Will the Note 8.0 sell as fast as the Note II? Doubtful, purely due to size reasons, but hey, you never know!
What’s next for the Note family? The third generation Note is allegedly going to be announced at IFA, the trade show where the first two Notes were unveiled. We expect the new Note to have a 6.3 inch 1080p screen, the same processor as the Galaxy S4, and that’s about it. There aren’t really any solid rumors floating around.
One thing this writer would like to point out is that there are some countries where people can’t afford a laptop, and a tablet, and a smartphone, so they buy just one device, and that device is often a phablet. All too often the media in the West makes fun of 7 inch or 8 inch phones, but they do serve a purpose, and there’s definitely a market for them.