Samsung has reached another milestone in its Samsung Galaxy Note 2 endeavors, but it may not seem all that significant compared to some of the others. The South Korean manufacturer has finally reached one million units sold for the “phablet” line in its home country.
For comparison’s sake, it didn’t take the Samsung Galaxy S3 nearly as long to reach one million (in fact, the device sold 2.5 million units in just 100 days in Korea) but it’s hard to compare the two due to their different circumstances.
First of all, you have to wonder whether or not more people in Korea prefer the size of the Galaxy S3 line over that of the Note 2. The market has shaped up that way for the entirety of the world, too — the Samsung Galaxy S3 reached over 10 million pre-sales worldwide leading up to its launch, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, as of late November, is just over 5 million.
Secondly, smartphone culture in Korea might be a lot different than what us “westerners” are used to. A lot of people the world over tend to stick with the smartphones they fall in love with a lot longer than most, so perhaps they just haven’t been compelled to upgrade for one reason or another.
Without access to more trends and numbers I can’t say why, exactly, the Note 2’s growth hasn’t been as explosive as the Galaxy S3’s, but I’d still wager to guess that size is the most significant factor. If rumors regarding the Samsung Galaxy S4 are true we should be seeing the next smartphone in Samsung’s flagship lineup come with S Pen support, and the performance of such a device (we imagine it’ll be around that 5 inch range but not quite as big as the Galaxy Note 2) will help further determine which factor has folks favoring the Galaxy S line a great deal more than any other.