Samsung's Galaxy Note is a strange little thing. Half tablet, half phone, it works like any other Android phone, but it boasts a 1.4 GHz dual core, a 5.3-inch touchscreen screen and a built-in stylus for note taking and other not-traditionally-associated-with-smartphones uses. Sounds neat, but in a market wherein smartphones and tablets are decidedly separate things, not to mention dominated by Apple's iPad and the surprisingly popular Kindle Fire, will people actually use it? According to just-release data by Samsung, yes. Since being released back in October, Samsung has shipped more 1 million of them to markets in Asia and the Eurozone.
That information comes courtesy of a post to Samsung's Flickr account. "Samsung Electronics said on the 29th that it has shipped more than 1 million units of Galaxy Note globally," the statement reads. "The worldwide sales of Galaxy Note are also on the rise in Europe and Asia including France, Germany, Hongkong and Taiwan. The rapid global sales of Galaxy Note are notable since it is creating a new market for something between smartphone and tablet pc. The speed of the global sales is expected to accelerate further next year when it will be available in the US."
Note however that this is units shipped, not units sold. Samsung hasn't made that data public just yet. Shipped does not equal purchases. Certainly retailers are anticipating a high demand for the device, and it's possible all units shipped will end up in consumer hands. Samsung certainly thinks so. A Samsung official also said “1 million global shipping of Galaxy Note means it has well positioned itself as a market creator,” The statement continues. Perhaps. We'll see for ourselves when the Galaxy Note launches in the U.S. sometime in early 2012.