Last year, Samsung launched its first phone/tablet hybrid device, the Samsung Galaxy Note. This device was originally announced at the IFA 2011 in September and it was later released in October in most of the European and Asian markets. Earlier this year, we reported that Samsung managed to sell 1 million units of Galaxy Note even before launching the device in the American market. Samsung also sold 700,000 units of this smartphone in its home country alone.
Samsung announced the LTE version of the Galaxy Note at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. Within few days of its launch in the US, Samsung announced that the company managed to sell 2 million units of this device globally. This device is selling like hot cakes in its home country as well as in France, Germany, Taiwan and Hong Kong. However, the sales of this device was quite low, compared to the sales of Samsung Galaxy S II.
Today, Samsung has reached another milestone. The company finally managed to ship 5 million units of this device globally. This is not the exact number of devices sold to the customers, but it is the number of devices sold to operators, retailers etc. It took nearly 5 months for the company to reach the 5 million milestone. The sales of Galaxy Note doubled after the device was launched in the United States.
Samsung announced that the company managed to grab about 67 percent of the smartphone market share in Korea. Samsung also holds the number one position in countries like China, France and Spain. The company will launch the LTE variant of the Galaxy Note in Japan next month exclusively for the NTT Docomo customers.