Rise of the Phablet - Galaxy Note 3

Samsung CEO JK Shin revealed today that the Galaxy Note 3 shipped 5 million units in record time for the series.

Samsung doesn’t usually reveal how many devices it actually sold to consumers (the sell-through), so we don’t how many of those Note 3 units are in people’s hands. Still, the fact that Samsung managed to ship 5 million devices to retailers and carriers in 28 days suggests there’s strong demand for the S Pen device. For comparison, the original Note required five months to reach the same milestone, while the Note 2 shipped 5 million units in two months.

Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 3 on September 25 in 58 countries, and another 82 markets from around the world received the device since then. JK Shin commented that there’s strong interest for the Note 3, which remains a bright spot among otherwise lackluster performances for Samsung’s high-end devices. The company recently announced it shipped 40 million Galaxy S4 units, a big number by itself, but reportedly below the company’s initial projections. Due to disappointing sales, Samsung is said to be accelerating the release schedule of the Galaxy S5.

Competitors like the HTC One Max and the Xperia Z Ultra have tried to carve a piece of the oversized smartphone market, but, so far, no contender posed any serious threats to the Note 3. The strongest weapon in the Note 3’s arsenal is the S Pen and the suite of apps that Samsung created for it, which no competitor has managed to emulate so far.