Apple iPhone X sells out quickly in South Korea

Apple iPhone X sells out quickly in South Korea
South Korea is home to a couple of Apple rivals in Samsung and LG. But the Apple iPhone X made a statement on Friday when Korean carrier SK Telecom sold out its stock in 3 minutes. That compares to the 20 minutes it took SK Telecom to sell out the Apple iPhone 7 last year. The carrier said that the silver colored version of the tenth anniversary model was the most popular of the two color options (Space Gray being the other choice), selling out in just one minute.

In South Korea, the 64GB Apple iPhone X is priced at the equivalent of $1,237 versus the $999 the phone costs in the states. That makes the quick sell out in South Korea even more interesting. While we have no idea how many units of the iPhone X SK Telecom had to sell, analysts estimate that Apple had shipped 150,000 iPhone X handsets to the country. And all of this has taken place right in Samsung and LG's backyard.

With iPhone X shipping times dropping in many countries to 2 to 3 weeks, whatever issues Apple had with the production of the phone appear to have been solved. Analysts say that Apple sold 9 million to 12 million units of the iPhone X during the launch weekend earlier this month.

source: GSMArena

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



2. droiduh

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

Its very common for Koreans to buy iPhone then resell it at double or more to get the maximum profit in order to pay for their education or insanely pricey house/apartment fee. Its rare to see one (Korean) actually ever use a iPhone.

4. bungid

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

But still sell in korea right, and still used as a phone right?

104. jacky899

Posts: 434; Member since: May 16, 2017

I think what droiduh said is true. Very little Koreans use Apple or any non domestic brand products. I'm pretty sure the majority of these phones will resell for double the price in China where people are crazy for iphones.

119. dohdohdoh

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 19, 2017

You have no idea what you're talking about. Everyone around me, who can afford it, are using iphones (yes, I live in Korea). They don't buy iphones to resell them because almost all of them buy through their carriers and pay in installments. No one is going to buy an iphone at a double price because they can easily get it through their carrier. If you missed out in the first shipment, they'll get in couple weeks later when the new inventory comes in. iphones are, just like in the US, a fashion item or a status symbol. Koreans love that s**t.

22. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Microsoft Xbox One X also sold out directly after launching in Sonys and Nintendo backyard in Japan. How many units? According reports afterward its only 1639 units. 150k units is nothing compared to Note 8 850K units at launch at Samsungs backyards!

47. midan

Posts: 3213; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"Samsung has announced that around 395,000 consumers have pre-ordered the Galaxy Note 8 in South Korea on the first day alone." FIRST DAY, Apple got 150k in 3minutes and counting Do your homework better next time ;)

31. whatev

Posts: 2444; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Yes, we love a successful and courageous company that can do whatever it wants and that makes pissed, frustrated and bitter all the fandroids, I’m loving it

39. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

iPhone x is way better than v30 and Note8(camera,speakers,display(a bit better than N8),processor ) but in South Korea impossible to sell more than V30 and Note8.

60. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You can’t blame them for wanting a really good home grown phone though.

88. tedkord

Posts: 17509; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Is not even close to the Note 8.

114. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

wdym with close? if you said that about quality overall iPhone X kills Note8. if its about sellings , Note8 passes iPhone X in South Korea. as Note8 user im feeling bad because of buying it instead iPhone X.

115. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I have burn in just in 2 weeks.

126. nerdmb

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 11, 2017

Iphone x is NOT “way better” than v30 or note 8. Those phones are all exceedingly well made high-end phones. Also, many of the functionality of iphones that we enjoy and that makes iphones attractive in here simply are not enabled in Korea. Only core functions of ios work there. There are reasons that you don’t know.

41. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Pretty sad for samsung and lg diehards. Can’t believe their trolling is now extinct. Pretty tough for them to accept apples success. Their determination for apple’s doomed is no bigger than their brains. So happy with iphone X.

64. Syracuse

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Way too fragile and way too expensive. If some people are willing to pay these prices that's Apple's luck.

68. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 162; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

The only x rating on this phone is its price

79. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

I want a phone with Samsung screen ram memory, Sony camera, Apple processor, HTC speaker and 1+ dash charging. Samsung and Apple designing together. It would be a phone worth having.

90. tedkord

Posts: 17509; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, the iPhone X has the Apple cpu, samsung screen (and probably ram), and I think it's a Sony camera. Three out of five.

80. Jrod99

Posts: 781; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Just check one out at Walmart. Not as bad as I thought. Still like to see a plus version first.

95. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Come on you can’t go wrong with any of them

102. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Your all talking like 150,000 phones in 5 minutes is some sort of record, it's nothing. For example when the Nokia 6 released in China it sold 250,000 in 60 seconds, that was all the stock had, they then went on to further 1 million pre sales in one day. That's just for a mediocre Nokia 6 with one retailer.

116. midan

Posts: 3213; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

This has nothing to do with China, also that million isn't sales, it's registration /interest, it not sales. In China those happens all the time, one iPhone got 16 million registrations.

103. deleon629 unregistered

Samsung might have had a better turn out had they not waited so long to lower their Note 8 prices to that of the S8+.

106. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I would be happy to spend $1200 for a iPhone. Its's still a good value. I wouldn't pay more than $350 for an Android phone. Anything more than 350 it's too expensive.

118. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Funny how everybody stretches the truth to fit there opinion.


Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

But But But is Samsung territory IPhones shouldn’t sell anything there

129. GdgetXpert1337

Posts: 117; Member since: Oct 31, 2017


123. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I have a confession. I have switched from Samsung S8 to iPhone X as my daily driver. iPhone X is indeed better....especially the apps and gaming, but way less customization.

128. GdgetXpert1337

Posts: 117; Member since: Oct 31, 2017

It okay it is beter device..fastst soc, best display in smart phone, stroger stain less steel vs alumnum on other device, best camra for still photo, amazig steroe speakers, faceid 2 yr ahead of androd for facial unlockin, list go on Enjoy best most favored desired device on planet rite now

132. palmguy

Posts: 988; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

You want an iOS device, you have one & only one(an Apple). You want an Android device, you have a multiple of many(Oranges, grapes, bananas, peaches, pineapples,....etc.) It would be unbelievable if Apple did not sell more with it's original iTunes fan base.

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