Samsung’s (005930) second supersized smartphone is a hit, having sold more than 3 million units in just 37 days. The South Korea-based company announced the milestone earlier this month and now, just over three weeks later, a new milestone has been achieved as global sales of the Galaxy Note II are confirmed to have topped 5 million handsets in just two months. Samsung revealed the new milestone on Monday, though it once again failed to clarify whether the impressive figure refer to channel sales or end-user sales. BGR reviewed the Galaxy Note II in October and we said it was better than its predecessor in almost every way.
One key smartphone war of this quarter is being waged by Nokia’s Lumia 920 and Samsung’s Note II. Nokia (NOK) is a fading champion that used to hold 60% of the world’s smartphone market. Samsung (005930) is the new volume leader and its share of the world’s smartphone market topped 30% in last quarter. Their vanguard models for the Christmas quarter are important for different reasons. The Lumia 920 tests Nokia’s ability to challenge its Asian rivals globally at a relatively high price point. The Galaxy Note II is Samsung’s attempt to reduce its dependence on its monster blockbuster, the Galaxy S series. More →
Samsung’s (005930) supersized Galaxy Note II smartphone is just getting off the ground here in the United States, but global sales have already reached a huge milestone. The company announced on Friday that in just over one month, global sales of the Galaxy Note II have reached 3 million units. Samsung did not clarify whether the figure refers to channel sales or end-user sales. The “phablet” first launched 37 days ago and in our review, we said the Galaxy Note II is better than its predecessor in almost every way. Samsung’s Galaxy Note II features a 5.55-inch HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and enhanced stylus support, and it is available starting at $299.99 in the U.S.
The T-Mobile version of Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy Note II isn’t advertised with LTE support, but according to AnandTech, the phone actually has the antennas needed to pick up LTE. What it all boils down to is hardware, and according to AnandTech, the hardware inside of T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note II is virtually identical to the AT&T model except that LTE support is turned off by default because the carrier doesn’t have an LTE network up yet. The Verge confirmed with T-Mobile, with the carrier only saying that its LTE network will reach more than 200 million U.S. customers by the end 2013 and that the company “will share more information on how and when the Galaxy Note II will support T-Mobile’s upcoming LTE network when the network is available.” From the sounds of it, flipping the hidden LTE support will be as simple as a software update.
“Phablet” fans can now preorder the Samsung (005930) Galaxy Note II from both Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) for $300 and a two-year contract. AT&T says that pre-orders for the device are slated to ship on November 6th, while Verizon hasn’t yet given any date for when its preorders will ship. Sprint (S), which is also carrying the device, is expected to release its own pricing and pre-order information shortly. BGR recently reviewed the Note II and concluded that “it’s better in almost every way” compared to the original Note and is the go-to option for people who love gigantic smartphones.
In line with earlier reports, T-Mobile on Wednesday made Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy Note II smartphone-tablet hybrid available starting at $299.99. That entry price requires one of T-Mobile’s Value plans, which spreads out additional phone subsidies over several months. To purchase the Note II with one of the carrier’s standard voice and data plans, it will cost users $419.99 out of pocket, $50 of which will be recouped in the form of a mail-in rebate for a final price of $369.99. BGR reviewed the Galaxy Note II on Wednesday and called it a device that is without competition in the “phablet” category.
Almost exactly eight months ago, I reviewed Samsung’s Galaxy Note “phablet” and called it the smartphone that “Samsunged” Samsung (005930). I very much enjoyed certain aspects of Samsung’s debut tablet-smartphone hybrid and I thought the company’s implementation of the S Pen stylus was unique and intriguing, but I wrote that the complete package was far too monstrous to be usable. I went even further to call the device “an answer without a question” and hoped aloud that it would mark a turning point where smartphones like the Galaxy Note might begin to shrink back down to more manageable sizes. Then Samsung sold more than 10 million of them and it ended up being the smartphone that Samsunged BGR. More →
Samsung’s supersized Galaxy Note II to launch with supersized price tag; AT&T version available Nov. 9
Samsung’s (005930) upcoming Galaxy Note II is a giant “phablet” that will fetch a giant price. According to a leaked document obtained by TmoNews, T-Mobile will launch the new Note II starting at $299.99 with a Value plan or a whopping $379.99 with a classic voice and data plan. At the same time, AT&T just confirmed in a press release that it will make the Galaxy Note II available for preorder beginning October 25th for $299.99 on contract, and the phone will launch on November 9th. Samsung’s Galaxy Note II features a massive 5.55-inch Super AMOLED display with 720p HD resolution, a quad-core processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Sprint (S) announced on Thursday it will carry the Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy Note II on October 25th for $299.99 with a two-year contract. The Samsung Galaxy Note II is the successor to the original Note that sold over 10 million units worldwide and features a large 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 8-megapixel 4G LTE, NFC, S Pen input and Android 4.1 .1 Jelly Bean. Sprint’s press release follows below.
The Samsung (005930) Galaxy Note II will launch across all four major U.S. carriers in the coming weeks, and T-Mobile customers now seem to have a firm launch date to look forward to. An internal document leaked to TmoNews reveals the U.S.’s fourth largest carrier will launch Samsung’s next “phablet” to the masses on October 24th. The smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, S Pen stylus, NFC and will be available in two colors: titanium gray and marble white. It will also run on T-Mobile’s “4G” HSPA+ network. A free copy of Need for Speed: Most Wanted will be pre-installed on T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note II. BGR took a look at the Galaxy Note II last month and found it to be generally pleasant to use despite its larger-than-normal display. Pricing for the Galaxy Note II on T-Mobile hasn’t been revealed yet. More →
AT&T (T) subscribers looking for new Samsung (005930) Android devices will have plenty to chose from in the coming weeks, as the carrier on Friday announced that it was adding three Samsung smartphones and a new tablet to its device portfolio. The big name on the list is the Galaxy Note II, the sequel to Samsung’s popular Galaxy Note phablet, which the carrier already announced earlier this month. The phone will feature a gargantuan 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display and a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor. More →
Samsung (005930) on Thursday sent save the date noticed to the media for an upcoming event scheduled for October 24th in New York City. While no additional details were provided, the timing of the event and the presence of a Samsung S Pen on the graphic that accompanied the email suggest that Galaxy Note II launch details for the U.S. may finally be revealed. The event is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. Eastern and BGR will be on hand to report all the news as it breaks.
You can’t keep a good phablet down. Bloomberg reports that Samsung (005930) head of mobile business J.K. Shin on Wednesday predicted that the company would sell three times as many Galaxy Note II phablets in the first three months of availability compared to the original Galaxy Note. While Shin didn’t give an exact number for the total Note IIs he hoped to sell, we do know that Samsung sold more than 5 million Notes after just six weeks of availability, so it’s safe to project that the company thinks the Note II will sell well more than 15 million units over its first three months. More →