Samsung’s hugely successful Galaxy family of devices seems to have found another star performer. The Korean electronics giant has revealed that its 5.3-inch Galaxy Note smartphone-tablet hybrid, which began shipping a couple of months ago, has crossed 1 million global shipments. Oddly enough, the company chose photo-sharing site Flickr, of all places, to announce the milestone.
Before you jump to any conclusions, we feel that some perspective is in order. Samsung’s Flickr statement clearly mentions shipments and not sales. Now as we all know, the former is not always the best way to gauge the popularity of something. Talking of sales, the company added that the device was selling pretty well across Europe and Asia, and had succeeded in “creating a new market for something between smartphone and tablet pc.”
It certainly isn’t a “market creator” if only successful first-of-its-kind devices are eligible for the title. But if being a first-to-taste-success-in-a-new-category device is the minimum requirement, the company does have a point. Samsung now expects the Note to widen its market footprint on the back of its impending U.S. launch, which is scheduled to take place sometime next year.