Samsung Announces 3 Million Note IIs Shipped Worldwide
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online
The rivalry between Apple and Samsung has shown itself to be a bitter one in 2012. While the 2 companies have always battled for smartphone and mobile device dominance in a sense, things got fiery these past 11 months. Not only that, Samsung has also begun to prove that they can make a critically acclaimed, best selling product or two.
In less than 2 months, the South Korean tech giant managed to ship 10 million units of their latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S III. A July report also shows Samsung shipping twice as many smartphones as Apple.
Today, Samsung is proudly patting itself on the back (and rightly so) for selling its 3 millionth Galaxy Note II smartphone tablet mashup. The impressive part? They’ve only just launched the thing 37 days ago.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a good rivalry without a little pushing of the other’s buttons. Therefore, it makes sense for Sammy to trumpet this news on the day Apple’s newest tablet hits stores.
The new Galaxy Note II tablet mashup has also surpassed its older sibling, the Note, selling more than 3 times the units than its predecessor.
“It means the new product category we pioneered has successfully established itself among global consumers at last,” said Samsung in a statement to the AFP.
It was only a matter of days ago that Samsung announced the American availability of this device. Sprint and T-Mobile, for example, have already begun selling this 5.5-inch stylus-friendly device for use on their networks at $300 and $370, respectively.
America’s top two carriers, AT&T and Verizon, have begun taking pre-orders for the Note II. Big Blue promises to ship these new Notes on November 7th, while the Big Red variant will take a little longer to get to customers, arriving on November 27th.
The American version of the Note II makes use of a HD Super AMOLED display with a 1280 by 720 resolution at 267 pixels per inch. It’s also running the latest version of Android (that is, until 4.2 ships) and, unlike its American Galaxy S III smartphone cousin, it retains the quad-core Exynos chip from the European model. The Note II also ships with 2 GB of built in RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and operates on 4G LTE networks.
While 3 million devices in 37 days is an impressive feat, it’s worth noting that Apple was able to sell more than 5 million units of their latest iPhone during opening weekend alone. And while the Note looks like it may set a trend to outsell itself with every new iteration, this is a game Apple has been playing for a few years longer.
Apple’s iPhones have always outsold their previous versions, and the numbers have been growing at a steady clip.
Speaking of Apple, they also released their latest iPad today, the iPad mini. This new tablet is much larger than Samsung’s large Note II at 7.9-inches, yet the two devices cover some similar territory. The iPad mini is without a quad-core processor or 2 GB of RAM, but it does ship with LTE and Apple’s rocksteady iOS. The mini is also able to run the entire library of apps designed specifically for the iPad, making it a great middle device in terms of which apps it can run.
It will be interesting to see if Apple’s new tablet will outpace Samsung’s new Note in terms of sales in the first month.