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Samsung Sells 5M Phablets

3:05 PM -- Samsung Corp. has sold 5 million of its smartphone-tablet hybrid device, the Galaxy Note, since its October launch. That's 5 million Notes in the hands of consumers, not just shipped to carriers and retail outlets.

That's quite impressive for a device that's not quite a smartphone nor a tablet. (See Samsung's Galaxy Note & Galaxy Tablet 7.7, AT&T Takes Samsung's Note for $299 and Samsung's Galaxy Note.)

I got to play with the giant phablet in January at International CES. I loved its brilliant screen resolution and could even appreciate the S Pen stylus. But, I cannot imagine making a phone call with the big honkin' thing.

I think what Samsung's record Note sales numbers show is that the smartphone is about so much more than making a phone call today (and not just because the Note is on AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s network, where phone calls go to die). This is not the smartphone for consumers who love to chat (or those that wear skinny jeans). But it's perfect for Web browsing, video viewing and gaming -- all things that benefit the most from Long Term Evolution (LTE) speeds.

That, plus Samsung's early success, are two good reasons why we shouldn't write off the phablet category just yet.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

Flook 12/5/2012 | 5:37:39 PM
re: Samsung Sells 5M Phablets

Could it possibly be that the "big honkin thing" (phablet) is targeted at the male species? Here's a thought for hand-held device makers: How about bringing them out in for men, for women and unisex versions based on size and choice of colors? Couldn't resist saying that....Hey, but it just might work, you think!

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