Samsung shipped 30 million Galaxy Note 2s. But early signs from Korea point to cool Note 3 reception

We already knew that Samsung did very well with its Galaxy Note phablets. They told us that they’ve shipped 38 million of them a month ago.

But since Samsung didn’t provide the breakdown, we could only guesstimate how the second generation Note did vs the first. Well, we were pretty close.

Earlier today, during Galaxy Note 3 launch event in Taiwan, Samsung has finally provided some hard Galaxy Note shipment numbers. According to their Taiwan general manager Andy Tu, Sammy has shipped 30 million Galaxy Note 2 and 10 million original Note phablets worldwide. Which amounts to a very impressive 200% annual growth for last year’s jumbo phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The question now is, will Galaxy Note 3 be able to deliver anything like the growth numbers of the previous year. After all, Samsung’s other hit smartphones – Galaxy Sx- were doubling in sales for  4 years, before SGS4 slowdown.

The signs here are not too good.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 went on pre-order in Korea a week ago. And insiders from all 3 mobile operators over there tell ET News, that Note 3 pre-orders are very disappointing.

It might be just a Korean thing, caused by the Government crack-down on illegal smartphone subsidies earlier this year. Sudden sticker price increase crashed Korean smartphone market, with new device sales dropping almost 30% – from 2 millon to 1.5 million a month. It’s no wonder that everyone, including Samsung is affected.

Or it might be global. There are a lot of signs pointing to the market saturation at the high end of Android, and Galaxy Note 3 is one of the most expensive smartphones out there.

We should know more in about 4 weeks, when companies start reporting Q3 results, and provide guidance for the Holiday Season.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • steve

    They still haven’t hacked the Note 2, too the max yet. The Note 2 is one powerful device, so I will wait another year. I don’t see in the need to grab the new because the Note 2 does all I need and more. Over the next year, the hackers will put the spen to greater use also.

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • tonka

    I agree whit the last post why I stayvwhit my note 2 another round so far not issues great phablet

  • Michael

    I totally agree with the other 2 posts. The Note 2 was so well made, fast and smooth that I think people are gonna keep them longer because they can. Me, I gotta have the Note 3 purely cause Im sick like that. Lol Cant wait! And that is not a message to Samsung to make them crappy so they fall apart and people have to buy a new one. Keep up the good stuff!

  • Michael

    I totally agree with the other 2 posts. The Note 2 was so well made, fast and smooth that I think people are gonna keep them longer because they can. Me, I gotta have the Note 3 purely cause Im sick like that. Lol Cant wait! And that is not a message to Samsung to make them crappy so they fall apart and people have to buy a new one. Keep up the good stuff!

  • Michael

    I totally agree with the other 2 posts. The Note 2 was so well made, fast and smooth that I think people are gonna keep them longer because they can. Me, I gotta have the Note 3 purely cause Im sick like that. Lol Cant wait! And that is not a message to Samsung to make them crappy so they fall apart and people have to buy a new one. Keep up the good stuff!

  • Michael

    I totally agree with the other 2 posts. The Note 2 was so well made, fast and smooth that I think people are gonna keep them longer because they can. Me, I gotta have the Note 3 purely cause Im sick like that. Lol Cant wait! And that is not a message to Samsung to make them crappy so they fall apart and people have to buy a new one. Keep up the good stuff!

  • Michael

    I totally agree with the other 2 posts. The Note 2 was so well made, fast and smooth that I think people are gonna keep them longer because they can. Me, I gotta have the Note 3 purely cause Im sick like that. Lol Cant wait! And that is not a message to Samsung to make them crappy so they fall apart and people have to buy a new one. Keep up the good stuff!

  • Michael

    I totally agree with the other 2 posts. The Note 2 was so well made, fast and smooth that I think people are gonna keep them longer because they can. Me, I gotta have the Note 3 purely cause Im sick like that. Lol Cant wait! And that is not a message to Samsung to make them crappy so they fall apart and people have to buy a new one. Keep up the good stuff!

  • Michael

    Added to my other post…I have a Note 2.

  • GameonAll

    I think it was just too early to release a new note. Add to that that the note 2 missed the last android update. As Murr much as I like the note 2 and the note 10.1 these are both great devices no need to replace at this point

  • Jake Rt

    Too soon?! It’s an annual thing you know? By your logic we should NEVER expect to see any new models or anything new for that matter.

  • GameonAll

    If your brain says replace a perfectly good device after 12 months than have at it. I’ll do what I been doing and wait a year or so more for better tech. How do you like that logic

  • Lisa

    I will also stay with the Note 2, if I don’t have my ipad or macbook I use my phone to do everything on it like a computer. I just wish they would update the current best phone ever the Note 2!

  • Mary Hazlett

    I love my Note 2. But a few months ago the keyboard began to lag. It can take 8-10 seconds for it to display-including texts and phone pad. I’ve spoken to Verizon, Samsung tech support, and the Samsung rep inside Best Buy. No one can figure out the problem. I can get at least $150 trade in, and am eligible for an upgrade. I also have another device I can trade, and won’t have to pay anything for the Note 3 coming in a few weeks. Anyone else have a laggy keyboard?

  • Mary Hazlett

    I love my Note 2. But a few months ago the keyboard began to lag. It can take 8-10 seconds for it to display-including texts and phone pad. I’ve spoken to Verizon, Samsung tech support, and the Samsung rep inside Best Buy. No one can figure out the problem. I can get at least $150 trade in, and am eligible for an upgrade. I also have another device I can trade, and won’t have to pay anything for the Note 3 coming in a few weeks. Anyone else have a laggy keyboard?

  • Mary Hazlett

    I love my Note 2. But a few months ago the keyboard began to lag. It can take 8-10 seconds for it to display-including texts and phone pad. I’ve spoken to Verizon, Samsung tech support, and the Samsung rep inside Best Buy. No one can figure out the problem. I can get at least $150 trade in, and am eligible for an upgrade. I also have another device I can trade, and won’t have to pay anything for the Note 3 coming in a few weeks. Anyone else have a laggy keyboard?

  • Mary Hazlett

    I love my Note 2. But a few months ago the keyboard began to lag. It can take 8-10 seconds for it to display-including texts and phone pad. I’ve spoken to Verizon, Samsung tech support, and the Samsung rep inside Best Buy. No one can figure out the problem. I can get at least $150 trade in, and am eligible for an upgrade. I also have another device I can trade, and won’t have to pay anything for the Note 3 coming in a few weeks. Anyone else have a laggy keyboard?

  • Mary Hazlett

    I love my Note 2. But a few months ago the keyboard began to lag. It can take 8-10 seconds for it to display-including texts and phone pad. I’ve spoken to Verizon, Samsung tech support, and the Samsung rep inside Best Buy. No one can figure out the problem. I can get at least $150 trade in, and am eligible for an upgrade. I also have another device I can trade, and won’t have to pay anything for the Note 3 coming in a few weeks. Anyone else have a laggy keyboard?

  • Mary Hazlett

    I love my Note 2. But a few months ago the keyboard began to lag. It can take 8-10 seconds for it to display-including texts and phone pad. I’ve spoken to Verizon, Samsung tech support, and the Samsung rep inside Best Buy. No one can figure out the problem. I can get at least $150 trade in, and am eligible for an upgrade. I also have another device I can trade, and won’t have to pay anything for the Note 3 coming in a few weeks. Anyone else have a laggy keyboard?

  • Mary Hazlett

    I love my Note 2. But a few months ago the keyboard began to lag. It can take 8-10 seconds for it to display-including texts and phone pad. I’ve spoken to Verizon, Samsung tech support, and the Samsung rep inside Best Buy. No one can figure out the problem. I can get at least $150 trade in, and am eligible for an upgrade. I also have another device I can trade, and won’t have to pay anything for the Note 3 coming in a few weeks. Anyone else have a laggy keyboard?

  • Paco Danzy

    Screw sprint charging more when their service sucks! !!!! Been with them a while now and my family is on sprint but come December we are going to another carrier

  • Paco Danzy

    Screw sprint charging more when their service sucks! !!!! Been with them a while now and my family is on sprint but come December we are going to another carrier

  • Paco Danzy

    Screw sprint charging more when their service sucks! !!!! Been with them a while now and my family is on sprint but come December we are going to another carrier

  • NoteFan

    What a croc! This phone is going to sell more than the previous 2 combined.