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Samsung Galaxy S5 sales are "robust" in South Korea thus far

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Samsung Galaxy S5 sales are "robust" in South Korea thus far
As you may have heard, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 went on sale a bit earlier than expected in South Korea. SK Telecom was the first Korean carrier to release the handset (on March 27), with KT and LG U+ joining the fun almost immediately after that.

According to Yonhap News, around 7,000 Galaxy S5 units are being sold each day in South Korea. At that pace, 1 million S5s will be in the hands of Korean customers in less than five months.

Last year, around 8,000 Galaxy S4 units were sold daily at launch, while Galaxy S4 LTE-A sales reached 10,000 units daily. Even so, industry watchers reportedly noted that Galaxy S5 sales are “remarkable, given that only one of the country's three carriers is currently in full operation and that the carriers are no longer allowed to pay out subsidies.” Indeed, only SK Telecom can sell handsets to all customers at the moment. KT and LG U+ are allowed to offer new smartphones only to “users with handsets two years or older, or those who lost or misplaced their device” - following bans and regulations imposed by Korean authorities.

An unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 costs $820 (866,800 KRW) in South Korea. That’s slightly lower than the launch price of last year’s Galaxy S4: $850 (899,000 KRW).

Samsung will launch the Galaxy S5 in many markets around the world starting this month. Some units can already be ordered at Amazon in the US, but they’re expensive, so customers would be better off to wait for carriers to release the handset (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and others will have it).


source: Yonhap News

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posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:00 13

1. gigaraga (Posts: 689; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


That was to be expected considering the high caliber of this device, not to mention its popularity. Go Samsung!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:11 5

3. Tizen007 (Posts: 500; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Yeah I know! And that's just for ONE carrier cause most of them are banned from selling for a few months!!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 02:58 1

26. Whopyourass (unregistered)


Did you read? Its not one carrier, its 3. Just that one launched a few days earlier than the other 2 carriers. And they sell a grand total of about 7,000 per day. Zzzzz.

" SK Telecom was the first Korean carrier to release the handset (on March 27), with KT and LG U+ joining the fun almost immediately after that."

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:44

42. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 682; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Did YOU read iboy:
” Indeed, only SK Telecom can sell handsets to all customers at the moment. KT and LG U+ are allowed to offer new smartphones only to “users with handsets two years or older, or those who lost or misplaced their device” 

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:20 1

45. kylehudsons (Posts: 49; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Only SKTelecom is selling right now...
LG UPlus and ollehKT doesn't sell the S5 yet...
I know cause I'm living here...

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:09

2. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Oh, really?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:39 10

11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2457; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Yeah, really..... S5 will definitely outsell every other flagship(s) out there by other OEMs. This is just beginning.

This Band-Aid will not be so ugly.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:13 2

29. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 393; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


I heard the same for the last 5 years and each year the new iphones kicks samsungs S1-2-3-4... ass. Not that I care for apple but your comment is incorrect. Now if you only mean android OEM's then true, but sales never represent the quality or user satisfaction simply cause people get deceived by gimmicks and good marketing.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:36 5

36. tech2 (Posts: 1889; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


'people get deceived by gimmicks'

So tell me if an adult get 'deceived' by 'gimmicks' then why does every new gen of Galaxy outsells previous ? If there is no satisfaction why do people keep buying them again ? You can only fool someone once.

Until you've any proof to back up what you're saying I find no reason to believe your hypothesis.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 05:03 1

38. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2457; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Well said.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:57

43. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 682; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


But Samsung have not only one flagship. GS , Note, even Active, Mega, Grand .....are in same (if not better) class than iphone.

Samsung prefer to give more choices to ppl.
This that Apple have more real profit, means nothing but, that sell you cheaper (BOM) devices fof more money. Only mentally sick buyers can brag with that.LOL

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 11:53

47. techloverNYC (Posts: 390; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Most of Samsung's profit comes for lower end devices, and apple makes money from flagship devices. I rather be apple.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:11 7

13. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Yes. Truth hurts for butthurts.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:13 2

4. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


The galaxy s5 looks so much like the original galaxy S!
http://mobilepriceinbd.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Samsung-I9000-Galaxy-S.jpg
Check it out.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:30 10

10. Tizen007 (Posts: 500; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Love it. Original trollers being careful with the words they write these days: Because of S5's awesomeness

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:19 3

17. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Lol same here. They were bugging every article. But now when sales numbers are starting to pop out. They start watching their word because they'll be made fun of and look ridiculous.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:15

30. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 393; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Do you people get payed or your only purpose in life is putting people down cause they prefer something different than you? Who cares about trolls. If you like S5 then thats fine. Some people wont.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:39

37. Whopyourass (unregistered)


Yes dun be surprised some people just enjoy doing that so much. They fap while they troll. Especially Samsung fanboys who fap at every phone news talking about Samsung. LOL

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 06:29

52. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Life is hard ey? Can't sell anything ey? Go get a life and open your eyes. And yes I enjoy everything Samsung has and will do, and it'll be successful, you just smell success in everything samsung does. Unlike other please-buy-us brands that announce loss after loss and some get sold to other companies while others insist on drowning.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:14 2

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3073; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I think i will end up on s5 just because of dat AMOLED nothing else of that phone attracts me.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:15 11

7. Tizen007 (Posts: 500; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


AND BATTERY LIFE MAN !!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:50 1

12. MANGUELPR (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Super AMOLED really a display made to bring "low power consumption" and doesn't even do it quite well.... lol Pen-tile for real bro you like to had less than 60% of subpixeles vs an RGB display? Wow what's happening with the world.... well maybe too much marketing's kill them neurons.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:17 4

16. Tizen007 (Posts: 500; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Well apparently the display works everything contrary to your argument so... yeah. If the un-biased professionals say its good then its good.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 02:37 3

22. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


"s5 has best mobile display we have ever tested" - displaymate...

Now that's enough....

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:15 11

6. maherk (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


not surprised at all. Once again, and as it was proven with every Galaxy phone released, design isn't a priority for the majority out there, build quality+hardware+features+hundreds of thousands of customized accessories what matters the most. I guess the "ugly band aid" will

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:16 11

8. maherk (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


top the charts once again.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:18

31. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 393; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Once again it is proved that spending more money on marketing each year than your competition by several times equals to amazing sales. 2012, Apples marketing budget 2.billion, Samsungs 9.5billion. HTC/SONY etc wasn't even mentioned of how low it was compared to Samsung. You really think Galaxy S sells cause its an amazing phone? So I am guessing twilight is an amazing movie and not cause it was marketed and made in a way every teen girl will love the stupidness of it.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:43 1

40. Jason2k13 (Posts: 639; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


So what is the amazing phone and way?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:08 2

44. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 682; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Not marketing, but the features makes S5 the clear winner.
You may spend billions to market the HTC M8 mediocre sealed brick , and POS ugly camera, as much you want(and tech media do it every day sinse 2 years), but it doesn't help. :-)

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:19 2

9. Sauce (unregistered)


They need them heart rate monitors from all these North Korean shenanigans.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:15 2

14. Whopyourass (unregistered)


To hit 1 million sales in South Korea in 5 months and they call it a hit? Oh sure never mind, you know as long as its a Samsung Galaxy, even if it sells 10 per day blind fans will still call it a hit.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:37 5

18. Ashoaib (Posts: 1401; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Bring out your phone and sell one million in five month in korea only then I will see

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 02:10 1

20. Whopyourass (unregistered)


Xiaomi sells out 10,000 phones in just 10 minutes and nobody's praising heaven and earth. 7,000 SamsungCrap phones in 24 hours, and people are praising and celebrating as if Jesus arrived on Earth. Hallejulah. I wonder who is the one who doesnt know mobile phones and numbers? Lmao.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 02:29 1

21. hurrycanger (Posts: 978; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


How about you letting me know how many more units were sold after that 10 minutes? ;)
Gotta consider the population in China vs Korea, too, bro.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 02:50

23. Whopyourass (unregistered)


Obviously they were sold out after the 10 mins smarty pants. Asking the obvious duh. LMAO. Every stock they manage to manufacture is snapped up.

Oh so you wanna compare China VS Korea eh? In every market Xiaomi debuts in, they are practically sold out. Period. They haven't debuted in Korea yet, it will beat the daylights out of Samcrap when they do. Ya living in the South Pole? Lol

In China - 220,000 sold in 3 mins.
In Taiwan - 10,000 sold in 8 mins.
In Singapore - 5,000 sold in 3 mins.

And btw, if you think S5 at 7,000 is uber-fantastic, look at S4 which debuted at 8,000 per day in Korea, and in the end S4 didnt quite enjoy good sales as they should internationally. Heck even the S4 LTE+ is going at 10,000 per day in Korea.

Factor in the iPhone 5S which is at 11,000 per day in Korea, and suddenly the Galaxy S5 looks pretty average eh? *Burp*

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 02:56 2

25. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


To your attention even in xiaomi's home ground samsung is leading manufacturer.....they tell all this sold out in 10 mins crap...but still surveys shows samsung is leading OEM in china....

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:05

27. Whopyourass (unregistered)


Your statement is literally begging to make a laughing stock of yourself. Samsung is an established market player since God knows when in China, (*roll eyes) while Xiaomi is a fairly new startup. And Samsung is already losing market share in China to other Chinese brands like Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo. Rome wasn't built overnight mind you.

Nokia was the top once, and where is it today? Zzzzzz.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:13 1

28. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


You my friend is going out of topic....we are here taking present....7000 units a day with one carrier in small country like korea is big deal compared whateva xiaomi sells in china....
And to your kind notice we are talking about sales in specific countries I.e china and korea not global sales....
Huwaei and ZTE are in china for years still samsung is doing good..nothing to worry about xiaomi...

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:22 1

33. Whopyourass (unregistered)


Galaxy S4 was going at a 'whopping' 8000 a day in Korea with the press praising it up high and look at its performance internationally? Today the S4 is worse than the Note 2 and Note 3 in sales. Even Sammy admits the S4 didnt do as well as it should. Just because it sells well in Korea doesnt mean its gonna sell well globally.

Here we look at 7,000 units daily for S5 and ppl are praising the high heavens. They forget that the S4 LTE-A was going for 10,000 per day in Korea when it debuted but internationally its nowhere up there.

Let's wait till the S5 hits the global market before people start saying Samsung has a smash-hit here. LMAO.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:36

35. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


S4 sales where not as much as they expected....but still it is most sold android phone ever...that says it all...
And s5 now is doing even better..it'll be the most sold android phone until s6 comes to light....

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:19 1

32. Jason2k13 (Posts: 639; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


So how much did xiaomi sell after the 10 mins? And 1 week or 1 month after?

Samsung losing marketshare? By how much? And how long has this been continuing?

Maybe you should check the gap between Samsung and the 2nd and 3rd largest manufacturer and see how far xiaomi will need to catch up.

Rome wasn't built in a day, yet your making it sound like Samsung is gonna go down in a day.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:25

34. Whopyourass (unregistered)


Basically you just trolled yourself by echoing what I just said ROFL. Didn't I just say Rome wasn't built in a day, and Samsung's gonna go down some day somehow? LOL

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:45 1

41. Jason2k13 (Posts: 639; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Maybe read my comment better or take better English lessons so you understand what I said.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:43 1

48. Ashoaib (Posts: 1401; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


you sounds like your mouth is your ass and it got whopped very badly... s5 is not even properly launched... these sale figures are from one telecom only which launched s5 before official release... definitely sale figures will go up when when it will launch properly... sale figures as quite nice regardless of how much you are trying hard to belittle it

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:45 1

19. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


You sir, have no idea about mobile phones or about Korea. So get a life and think again.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:16 5

15. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


And here we go again. Another AMAZING Galaxy and another funny Rip nokia/htc/sony/lg. #NumberDontLie. #SamsungToRuleThemAll.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 02:53

24. Odiin (Posts: 212; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Height of fanboyism. No one stealing your beloved Samsung position for time being, So chill,

S5 is a good device no doubt. N again it will be number one in sales figure beating all other flagship phones, no one have doubt in that, that doesnt mean other flagships are bad. Sales figure not the only criteria for good or bad,

No, Nokia/HTC/Sony/LG not going anywhere, all have proved themselves in market (not to the extent of Samsung I agree) what they are capable of. R.I.P in your dream only,, keep dream, Goodnight Sweet Dreamz!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 11:24

46. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Yeah I know, but when you sell everywhere and others can't even sell anything you gotta ask yourself some questions. they proved themselves huh? with htc announcing it's first ever quarterly loss? and nokia selling itself?

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 04:03

50. Odiin (Posts: 212; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Selling selling selling! So according to you proving themselves means only selling? If so then, on that basis Samsung got nothing other then sales?

HTC/Nokia/LG/Sony all are giving tough competition, cant you see? Technology design camera screen etc., everything counts dude, not only sales.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 06:25

51. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


In the end, it sales that matters no matter what you do, it determines success and failure. They all wish they were Samsung.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 01:14

53. Odiin (Posts: 212; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Im taking about customers perceptive not companys perceptive.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:38

39. GreekGeek (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


I want North Korea's Arirang smartphone so badly!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 20:06

49. garyII (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Samsung still able to sell 7000 units per day even with such a big obstacle ! Good job!

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