Samsung Galaxy Note II and LG Optimus Vu reach 1 million sales milestone in South Korea
The two major South Korean smartphone makers both achieved significant milestones regarding their respective phablet sales in their native country. Samsung is proudly proclaiming that it’s managed to move more than 1 million Galaxy Note II devices since release, and LG is boasting about having sold 1 million Optimus Vu phablets over there too.
It’s a wonderful coincidence (or maybe not) that both companies decided to publicize this information on the same day. Regardless, we have to appreciate the fact that South Koreans seem to be completely in love with phablets.
The numbers quoted above can be a bit misleading though, because it took these devices very different amounts of time to get to the same number of sales.
The Galaxy Note II has been sold in Korea since late September, so it’s managed to move one million units in about three months. On the other hand, LG’s Optimus Vu has been on sale since March. Furthermore, it may be that LG is using the sales of both the original Optimus Vu as well as the Optimus Vu II that was released in September to get to the 1 million milestone – at least that’s what its wording seems to imply.
So basically, as is usually the case in South Korea and elsewhere, Samsung’s wares are a lot more popular than LG’s. And it’s not hard to figure out why. While the Galaxy Note II comes with a myriad of bundled apps made by Samsung, most of which focus on the device’s S Pen stylus, the Optimus Vu series tries to sell us on phablets with a 4:3 aspect ratio, something that makes them incredibly difficult to hold and operate. Perhaps LG was afraid of lawsuits from Samsung when it designed the Vu, or maybe its people were bold enough to think that idea would catch on. But it really hasn’t, thankfully. Oh, and let’s not forget that the Optimus Vu has always been pretty expensive too.