Apple's iPhone 6 may beat the Galaxy Note 4 on Samsung's own turf

Apple's iPhone 6 may beat the Galaxy Note 4 on Samsung's own turf
As Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are about to physically land in South Korea this Friday, the country's 3 major mobile carriers started accepting pre-orders for the handsets on the 24th of October. So far, the number of placed orders has reached sky-high numbers in the matter of hours, much like we've already seen happen in other parts of the world.

Carrier KT Corp. reports that combined orders for both models reached 10,000 in the first minute of the pre-order page being up, and got higher than 50,000 by the 30-minute mark. Similarly, another cellular company – LG Uplus – notes 20,000 units ordered in the first 20 minutes. The country's largest mobile network operator – SK Telecom – did not give exact numbers, though it did disclose that it has already burned through two batches of pre-order units and has just launched a third one.

Analysts estimate that about 100,000 units have been ordered by now, which easily tops the pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 4, as it had 30,000 sales within 3 days of its. Though, we dare argue that this is not a very fair comparison, since the same three network operators were only given 10,000 units of the Note 4 each for pre-order purposes, whereas Apple seems to have granted the carriers quite a bit of units to pre-sell.

Samsung did rush the launch of the Note 4 in South Korea, presumably, exactly because it wanted to beat the larger-screened iPhones to the market and snatch some momentum. Whether Sammy has succeeded is up in the air – it does hold 63% of the market share in Korea, while Apple's was 6%, but the impressive number of iPhone pre-orders on Galaxy turf shows that, by having its screen enlarged, the iPhone is ready to grow in Samsung's home country, and beat its flagships at their own game while at it. It would be interesting to check out the official numbers for units sold, once the dust settles.


source: WSJ via Neowin

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48 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Should have my Note 4 by the end of this week (fingers crossed. It's been impossible to get my hands on mine, don't know if it's demand or either Samsung or Best Buy just screwing up. And I don't care, just get mine to me!)

29. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Got mine last Friday and its excellent!! Didn't feel a need to upgrade after reading initial reviews but after 3 days with this baby I'm loving it. Its the Exynos 5433 version and it scored 48k on Antutu. Screen is simply amazing!!

41. engineer-1701d unregistered

the sad thing is android has many phablet size phones so the note 4 and ip6p cant be compared to each other, it would be ip6p vs all 5.5 android phones. and most apple people in asia want big phones so its selling well over there but the rest of the world is seeing it as massive body little screen.

44. Aragorn78

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

The opposite is true here in South Texas. Our customers from Mexico want small phones like the S3 Mini and S4 Mini. They are already asking for a S5 Mini.

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I am not surprised since koreans have wanted the iphone to have a huge display and now this is the answer. Some of them might stick to a note 4 since removable batteries are essential for their needs.

24. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Actually Korean people don't care about the removable battery. We're not in year 2010 who still carrying extra battery in our bag. Have you heard in the news 2 weeks ago in China and she replacing her phone battery and get fire inside of the bus.

48. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Most stupid comment ever. Removable battery not reqd?? Only cz iPhone doesn't have one? If it provided it would have been the biggest blessing invention for mankind. eh iSheep?

3. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

Momentum is - mathematically and logically - on Apple's side: it has a very small market share, whereas Samsung has about 10 times as much: it will be much easier for Apple to gain a huge percentage of market share increase...and yes, the pent up demand for the iPhone will carry it too. Must admit, Samsung had produced a truly superb handset, but it's hard to beat the Apple hype and the balance the iPhone 6 & Plus offer.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

It's also not a fair comparison because you're comparing both models of the iPhone to the Note 4 by itself.

11. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Split the numbers in half and they still got beat. Also, how does this compare to previous years when there were only one iPhone?

15. caesantos

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

You can´t just split those numbers in half. iPhone 6 is selling six times better than the iPhone 6 Plus. So you have to split those numbers in seven and take just one part as sales of the iPhone 6 Plus.

18. caesantos

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Maybe iPhone 6 alone could sell more than Note 4 and that's not a surprise, but not the iPhone 6 Plus.

27. Cicero

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Last year was 5s and 5c. They where two of them.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What? Last uyear Apple sold 150M iPhone's PERIOD. They had 4 selling models last year. That's how yu explain all those years. 2013 - 5S, 5C, 5 and 4S 2012 - 5, 4S and 4 2011 - 4S and 4 2010 - 4, 3GS

45. Aragorn78

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Phones can sell but the customers aren't happy. I have talked to many over the past year. Most complain about how it never changes, and only a handful who are loyalist. So sales mean nothing if customers are willing to change to another brand.

22. Philipand96

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Tim Cooks 2nd letter of praise "Congratulations on the strong results we’ve achieved together. We can all be proud of the quarter we just reported, and the work that keeps Apple the most innovative company in the world." i found this... "Well it's not every day you get to read comments like that and unfortunately for Tim Cook and Apple they may be the defendants is the BIGGEST ever trial yet and it is all over the newly released iPhone 6 Just when you thought a phone company is being sued, Apple -v – Samsung, twice, it is now Apple who face legal action over copying “Apple the most innovative company in the world." Statement may come back to bite Apple. "The iPhone 6 / 6+ phone slavishly copies a combination of MOST elements of the our Product Configuration Trade Dress” I am no expert but even I can see that Apple do have a case to answer ( the copying charge relates to this which has been provided by an unimpeachable source)http://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/Apple-iPhone-5,Apple-iPhone-6/phones/7378,8346" Acually I wrote it as I do wonder how someone who has been on contract with the iPhone 5 NOT notice it's the EXACTLY the same phone with the NON phone related Apple pay (needs a credit card and stores willing to accept it, and less are) The Iphone 6 /6+ is NOT in the same league as the NOTE 4 , The Iphone 6 /6+is not even in the same era Here is another comparison again with phones separated by 2 yearshttp://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/Samsung-GALAXY-Note-II,Apple-iPhone-6-Plus/phones/7254,8908 If it is a choice between EITHER the OR the Note 4 or Iphone 6/ (6+) then it those chosing the Note 4 have gone foe specs, those chosing the Iphone have gone for the logo.

38. Dr.Hye

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

no matter where you go to look no one is ever giving the exact numbers for the iphone 6 and the 6 plus. all they do is add everything together like their all the same. WTF???

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Can't blame the buyer, droiders are the one who create this toxic pseudo, keep on saying iPhone sucks because of small screen, now that iPhone screen no longer small, believers now think iPhone has no cons but a perfect phone.

26. willard12 unregistered

I think iphone owners created the demand for a larger screen just as much as android users. The question is, now that the have big screen, what will Apple do next?

42. TerryTerius unregistered

The claim that iPhones have no cons is highly debatable. Simply nixing one item off the list of complaints does not make it "perfect' by any means.

46. Aragorn78

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

That's a laugh. Apple has nothing to offer except old technology. The camera has been the same on the last 4 phones, and still can't remove the battery to resolve system issues. You HAVE to have an iTunes account to do an update, and you can't do anything without the iTunes account. I have enjoyed converting unhappy sheeple.

47. g2a5b0e unregistered

I'm not saying you're wrong on all those accounts, but to say the camera has stayed the same over the last 4 phones is pure ignorance. Megapixels don't tell the whole story.

6. twens

Posts: 1163; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

The problem android faces is very simple we just neglect to see it. Android is not exclusive, everyone makes an android device, apple makes only iPhones which makes them standout. As much as I hate to admit, tech has now become a status symbol thanks to apple. People want something that makes them standout. If sammy was the only android OEM I can confidently say that apple will never stand a chance but here lies the case it's not. Too many options to choose from, this takes away the uniqueness of the note 4. This is also why the iPhone looks like a perfect phone with no con because there aren't any other phones running IOS with different or improved features to make you feel like you aren't having the best. Samsung needs it's on OS that's the only way things will equal.

25. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

People don't buy their phones saying look what is in my hands, Android. Look what is in my hands, iOS. They buy the phone and it shows off as iPhone or a Samsung, and that's what is shown physically. I agree with everything you said, but you were half right, in my opinion, as I said above. As far as popularity and what's the hottest phone, iPhone shows a clear lead above Samsung. Call it a herd, a cult, etc, but that is what it is. +1 on your post mate.

39. Dr.Hye

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

you are wrong in more ways than one. the note 4 is unique in it own way. How many OEMs do you know of with a stylus? LG tried it but failed. sony does not have one. HTC does not have one and no one is counting any of the chinese manufacturers at this moment? the stylus is the key to the note series by samsung. and if apple tries to add a stylus or something similar that well it will be samsungs turn to call foul and claim copycat.

7. BlueGoldAce

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Who really cares? Both are great phones. I had both the 6+ and the note 4. I kept the note 4 because it fits my needs. Beyond that...I don't really care. Both companies will sell a ton of devices. Neither company will crash and burn. Both companies will push the other to innovate. Maybe one day, apple will stop deliberately holding back specs, if they did that, they would make amazing products. My iphone 6+ was a little gimped by the lack of ram...I don't see the same problems on the note 4, or the ipad air 2 for that matter.

8. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Normal, iPhone 6 is the best.

14. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

for the iSheep, probably but nah, not even in Tim Cook's wildest dreams.

9. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

This comparison isn't fair, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are being compared to the Note 4. You can't compare the iPhone 6 with the Note 4.

10. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Everyone wants the iPhone 6/6+. Others just denying. LOL Evryone can have morethan one phone, so why not Android and iPhone?

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