By Anu Passary | Nov 04, 2012 07:22 AM EST
On Friday, Nov. 2, Samsung announced that it had sold 3 million units of its Galaxy Note 2 phablet, a follow-up to the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note was announced in August at the IFA 2012 event in Berlin and released in South Korea in September, followed by other countries in October.
"Samsung said Friday it has sold more than 3 million Galaxy Note II smartphones in a little over a month after its launch, as the company vies to keep its lead over rivals during the crucial holiday quarter," reported The Associated Press.
The Galaxy Note 2 looks poised to surpass the 10 million sales figure of the original Galaxy Note, especially with the holiday season around the corner. The Galaxy Note 2 has hit the impressive3 million mark in a little over a month (37 days to be precise). By comparison, its predecessor, the Galaxy Note managed to notch up 3 million in three months. What's more, the Galaxy Note 2 has also outgunned the Galaxy S2, which needed 55 days to touch the 3 million mark.
"Released 37 days in the end of September, at the launch of the first 'Galaxy Note Ⅱ' global cumulative sales 3,000,000 (supply) has been achieved," revealed SamsungTomorrow (translated).
Even though naysayers were skeptical of the niche 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2's success, Samsung's IT and Mobile chief Shin Jong-kyun had noted that the phablet would double the sales of the Galaxy Note. The 3 million landmark in a little over a month augurs well for the Galaxy Note 2's consumer market success.
"It means the new product category we pioneered has successfully established itself among global consumers at last," Samsung said in a statement.
Additionally, per an IDC report, Samsung was the global smartphone market leader in Q3 2012 with 56.3 million sales, which were double of Apple's 26.9 million iPhone sales. With the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 as its heavyweights, Samsung would be hoping that it can thwart competition from new offerings from rivals like Apple, Nokia, HTC et al and maintain its dominance in the smartphone market in Q4 2012 as well.
With the Galaxy Note 2 slated to launch on AT&T and Verizon, two of the biggest U.S. carriers, in November, the phablet seems to be on track to surpass the Galaxy Note's 10 million sales mark with ease.
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