When talking about smartphone slash tablet hybrids, the first thing that comes to mind is the Samsung Galaxy Note. Be that as it may, the Samsung phablet isn’t the first hybrid to get released to the market because Dell beat Samsung to the punch when it released the Dell Streak 5 a couple of years ago. The Del hybrid didn’t get the warm reception it was hoping for though because the device suffered from an identity that got it confused whether it was an oversized smartphone of an undersized tablet.
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There were no issues like that with the Samsung Galaxy Note though. In fact, the device got so popular that the word “phablet” was coined specifically for it. Although it was a niche device and was manufactured for a particular portion of the population, the phablet still became hugely popular among our smartphone-crazed brethren. Such is the popularity of the Samsung Galaxy Note that back in March, Samsung claimed that it already managed to sell 5 million units of the phablet since releasing it to the market last October.
More recently, the Korean smartphone and tablet manufacturer released the updated numbers in terms of sales figures of the Samsung Galaxy Note. This time around, the manufacturer claimed that the sales of the phablet have already hit the 7 million mark, an increase of 2 million units compared to the numbers announced back in March. Doing the Math, this means that Samsung was able to sell a million Galaxy Note handsets per month since coming out with the 5 million figure back in March. This is a testament to how well the Samsung Galaxy Note was received by the smartphone-buying population despite its being a niche device.
As for our side of the world, the Samsung Galaxy Note initially wasn’t supposed to get released in US shores and this much was confirmed by the manufacturer when it announced the phablet. AT&T however was able to work with Samsung on this and managed to add the Samsung Galaxy Note to its stable of Android devices. Since then, the phablet stayed in the bestsellers list of the wireless provider which in turn contributed to the 7 million sales of the devices.
As for the Samsung Galaxy Note, the phablet got recently upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which included a Premium Suite of applications designed to make full use of the S-Pen stylus of the device. The Samsung Galaxy Note has its circuitry built around a QualComm MSM8660 SnapDragon chipset and has a dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion processor working in conjunction with a full gigabyte of RAM in giving the handset a very snappy and lag-free performance.
The internal storage of the Samsung Galaxy Note is pegged at 16GB and the phablet also has a microSD card slot that can support up to 32GB for memory expansion. The claim to fame of the phablet however is its massive 5.3-inch SuperAMOLED display with its 1280 x 800 resolution. In the same vein, the camera department of the phablet is just as impressive with its 8MP rear shooter and 2MP front-facer. Buy the Samsung Galaxy Note starting at $189.