Samsung has flogged 5 million of its Note II “phablet” (phone/tablet) globally in the device’s first two months on sale.
That beats analyst expectations, Computerworld notes, although the Galaxy S III still remains the company’s most popular smartphone.
The original Galaxy Note sold a million a month for its first quarter, so 2.5 million per month is, well, two and a half times better assuming the Note II can keep up that pace for the next month.
The Note II comes with a stylus and offers note-taking functionality which is a tempting added extra for those who don’t mind a larger phone (with a 5.5 inch screen which is starting to get towards the 7 inch tablet size – hence the moniker “phablet”).
Jack Gold, an analyst at J. Gold Associates, told Computerworld: “The Note form factor works very well for many users who don’t need a device that fits inside a pocket. The 5.5 inch screen is a great size for web surfing and videos. I even use it as a book reader and it fits in my shirt pocket pretty well.”
No other company offers a phone with such a big screen, although Dell did try its hand with the Streak a while back, but that flopped pretty spectacularly.