Initial Galaxy Note 5 Sales in Taiwan Better Than Expected


Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday its new Galaxy Note 5 phablet will reach its sales target in Taiwan for the first month, as early sales have been better than expected, Taiwanese media reported.

In an emailed statement to Taiwanese media, the South Korean electronics giant said sales of the Note 5 in the first two days after its launch at Samsung stores in Taiwan were almost 20 percent higher than sales of the Note 4 last year.

Strong demand from Taiwanese consumers has given Samsung confidence that it will achieve its sales target of 50,000 Note 5 handsets in Taiwan during the first month, compared with 40,000 units of previous Note models, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency.

The 32GB model of the Note 5 went on sale Aug. 15 in Taiwan, the first global market for the phone-tablet hybrid, priced at NT$23,880 (US$736). A 64GB model will be available in Taiwan stores by the end of the month priced at NT$26,480.

The Note series is Samsung’s best-selling smartphone range in Taiwan. Nearly 2 million units sold of the Note have been sold in Taiwan since 2011.

Samsung’s S series has also been well received in Taiwan: Since 2011, local sales have reached 1.8 million units.

Samsung has made several hardware upgrades to the new Note 5. Those include a faster processor and a spring-loaded stylus that can be released from the phone with a push. In previous Note models, it was necessary to pull out the stylus manually.