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Samsung experienced mixed reactions with the release of both Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. While the handsets marked a new age in phablets and curved displays, it still has some way to go. However, in terms of sales, it seems Samsung might see a bit of down time.
According to reports, a Hyundai Securities analyst expects Samsung to ship 11 million units of the Galaxy Note 4 in 2014. In fact, the analyst also claimed a meagre 1 million units of the Galaxy Note Edge in the same time frame.
So as it seems, the former's shipments won't eclipse that of its predecessor, Galaxy Note 3, which was released around the same time last year. Although final numbers may just have an entire different story to tell.
"Changes to the Galaxy Note 4, despite improved features compared to the older sisters in terms of hardware, did not surprise the market's earlier expectations," said Ryan Hong, an analyst from LIG Investment & Securities Co.
"Some features, including the metal-based frames, had already been adopted by rivals, making it hard for Samsung to differentiate itself from others," Hong added. "While the Galaxy Note Edge did manage to distinguish itself, it is unlikely the product will be mass-produced due to technological difficulties."
However, on the topic of the number of shipments for the new phablet offering from Samsung, Park Young-joo, an analyst from Hyundai Securities Co., projected that the sales estimate for the Galaxy Note 4 may not go past that of its older predecessor that was launched last year.
"The estimated shipment of the Galaxy Note 4 is 1.5 million units in the third quarter, 9.5 million units in the fourth, with the combined amount reaching 11 million units by the end of the year," Park said. "The amount is similar to that of the Galaxy Note 3."
"As for the Galaxy Note Edge, the shipment will only reach 1 million by end-December, as its manufacturing process is expected to be complicated," he said. "While the two models will slowly contribute to revitalizing the smartphone sector, it will not be enough to fix the problem."
Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge were shown off at this year's IFA event in Berlin, Germany.