Pre-orders of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Over 30,000 Orders Made in South Korea
The new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 had a big head start over the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in South Korea aloe, but according to The Wall Street Journal, the pre-orders for Apple's newest smartphones may have already outpaced Samsung's flagship phablet. South Korean Apple fans scooped up "tens of thousands" of pre-orders in less than an hour after they went live on Friday.
The pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was opened up last week, over a month after Samsung's Galaxy Note 4. Overall, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders are expected to hit about 100,000 units while the Galaxy Note 4 pre-sale topped out at roughly 30,000 orders only in South Korea.
According to Mac Rumors, the pre-orders for both devices began in the country's three biggest mobile carriers including SK Telecom, KT Corp and LG UPlus. KT Corp said that it received a combined total of 10,000 orders in one minute for both devices, and received 50,000 orders in thirty minutes.
LG UPlus, which is controlled by LG Corporation and is selling the iPhone for the first time. They said that it received 20,000 orders within 20 minutes. SK Telecom declined to give specific figures, but announced that the first and second batch of pre-orders was already booked by customers with a third round beginning last Monday morning.
Lee Seung-woo, an analyst with IBK Securities in Seoul, release a statement, "But with Apple piggybacking on Samsung's large-screen strategy, there are concerns that Samsung will lose its only advantage, which has been its large screen sizes."
In the fourth quarter, Mr. Lee reckons the shipment figures for the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 pair versus the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus pair could be drastically different, with the latter outselling the former by at least five times, globally.
It's worth noting that Samsung still dominates in South Korea with 63 percent of the market compared to Apple's six percent of smartphone sales. Apple's recent decision to embrace larger screens also has analysts predicting the Galaxy-maker could be in real trouble, though we're not yet sure if Samsung will stop producing their Galaxy smartphone series.
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