The Galaxy Note was one of the more interesting Android devices to launch recently, but in my review I couldn’t help but find it hopelessly dorky. Clearly, that hasn’t stopped many buyers though, as Samsung reports today that it has shipped 5 million units of the hybrid smartphone/tablet since it launched last October.
It’s well below Samsung’s fast-selling Galaxy S II flagship, which hit 5 million shipments in 85 days, but that’s not surprising given that the Note targeted a smaller audience. It’s unclear how many of those 5 million Galaxy Notes have actually reached consumers, though — Samsung’s shipment figure just counts what it sends to retailers.
The Galaxy Note sports a massive 5.3-inch screen, but its real claim to fame is its S Pen stylus, which lets you draw and take hand-written notes on the device. I found that there was a lot of potential in the stylus, but I think it’ll ultimately be better served on a bigger screen (like Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 10.1).
In other news, Japanese carrier NTT Docomo announced that it would receive an LTE version of the Note in April. That’ll likely bump up Samsung’s shipment figures even more over the next few months.
Below, check out an elephant playing with the Galaxy Note. Yup.
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