First wave of the Galaxy Z Flip sells out in under eight hours in South Korea

First wave of the Galaxy Z Flip sells out in under eight hours in South Korea
Samsung made a splash on Tuesday with the official launch of the Galaxy Z Flip, the company’s second foldable phone and first clamshell smartphone. While the actual release is planned for February 14, the first wave of preorders in South Korea has already sold out, with approximately 900 available units reserved in less than eight hours.

As WikiLeaks Korea reported, a limited preorder sale took place on Tuesday, February 11, the day of launch, at certain offline Samsung stores, including the flagship location at Gangnam. The preorder reservations started at 10:30am, and closed out in the evening.

According to reports, the Mirror Purple edition, extensively featured over Samsung’s marketing campaigns, was the first to sell out, with all units being reserved in a little over five hours. Just two hours later, the Mirror Black edition was also sold out. Samsung also announced a limited Mirror Gold color variant, to be made available in the near future.

Those who reserved the handset are expected to receive their devices by Sunday the 16th, while the phone will be available online and offline on Friday for both South Korea and the US, as well as select other markets. In theory, one could purchase the phone in-store on Friday on have it in hand before those who preordered, but offline quantities are expected to be extremely limited.

The Galaxy Z Flip was announced to much anticipation for its sleek ultra-thin glass design and expansive 6.7-inch Infinity Display. The phone is currently available for preorder on AT&T and Sprint, and will be available for purchase on Friday, February 14th.

Find out more about the Z Flip here, or read about our first impressions from our Galaxy Z Flip hands-on here.

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31 Comments

28. gadgetpower

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Sold out because it was Sold 1000 units

11. midan

Posts: 3273; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Not surprised, maybe surprised it took this long. They will sell good amount of these just like fold sold because it’s something new and fresh. Time will tell what happens after few months when those got their phones who want these. Is there going to be users for these foldables in long run.

13. cevon3239

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

I bet you are suprised! and I am also betting if they had not sold out, you would be saying as per usual " the flip is a flop and we don't need this form factor and blah blah blah". I personally am surprised. Because Korean don't have high incomes and $1400 for a single purchase is very expensive, when the average Korean makes less than $500USD per month. Since the US offers payment plans, I expect ATT will sell out even faster. This is very encouraging. Like the Note was blasted for it size and yet became a hit, folding phones will too. Samsung will continue to make haters and fanboys of other brands, as hateful as ever.

19. midan

Posts: 3273; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

” and I am also betting if they had not sold out” I don’t think that really was even an option, selling 900 is nothing. I mean they bought a product which they haven’t even tried. Normal people don’t do that with that such a high priced product. ” Samsung will continue to make haters and fanboys of other brands, as hateful as ever.” Why?

20. jvardon

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

"I personally am surprised. Because Korean don't have high incomes and $1400 for a single purchase is very expensive, when the average Korean makes less than $500USD per month." You really shouldn't be surprised. Did you read the article? There were only 900 pre-order units available. I'm pretty sure that there are thousands of Koreans who could afford this phone, maybe millions.

22. midan

Posts: 3273; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I don't understand his comment either. I don't understand why he talk about money or how much average korean makes, it has nothing to do with this. How much average Korean makes money will factor few months after when normal people are thinking to buy this device. Even galaxy fold sold out with lot higher price. And if the news are right, fold sales haven't been that strong, not even in US. And there was lot of news how it sold out first

24. Foveon

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 13, 2020

Actually it's not surprising, Since samsung has the biggest market share in the country. And I've looked into the average income of Koreans and OECD said it actually more than $3100USD per month.

29. Farcaster

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

"average Korean makes less than $500USD per month" Do you mean North Koreans? Because median household income in South Korea is 8th highest, above Germany and Japan and just behind Canada and US....

33. midan

Posts: 3273; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"when the average Korean makes less than $500USD per month." This is about South Korean, i checked from Google and reality is 5-6 times bigger than your $500USD It was actually lot more than i thought.

9. oldtymer

Posts: 75; Member since: Jan 31, 2020

How long do we have to wait for your RazR review?

7. oldtymer

Posts: 75; Member since: Jan 31, 2020

The key is the form factor... Motorolla and Samsung have this cornered... this is HUGE... people think it's a side note... but I swear that this form factor will be a mass hit... the other brands should be running to catch up...

15. cevon3239

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

They will be running to catch up. Hopefully Microsoft is next up with the Duo.

6. oldtymer

Posts: 75; Member since: Jan 31, 2020

I swear this is a huge market.... us older people love flip phones... I think everyone will love the form factor...

10. midan

Posts: 3273; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

But how many will love the crease? Marques Brownlee said it’s very bad in this, lot more noticable than with fold, and also because it’s glass it feels even worse. And with big fold screen it wasn’t that noticable, but with this you basicly moving your finger over it almost everytime you use the device. I like the form factor, but not sure if it’s very practical. Extra step using the device everytime would propably get very annoying. I’ve never owned flip phone and i’m not sure people want them back. People use their phones so much so the most important thing is to get your content fast. Folding and unfolding your phone over 100 times a day just doesn’t sit into that idea very well. But time will tell

12. srgonu

Posts: 574; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

MKBHD recently more pro towards OP series and harsh on others. I don't feel he is unbiased anymore. Mr.Mobile reviews are still the same quality. You should watch his review about Z flip.

16. cevon3239

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

Nobody cares about the crease. The only ones bringing it up are idiot who just want to draw negative attention to it. Things that fold that are a single piece will have a crease. If the crease bothers you so much, then wait for devices like Microsoft's Duo where its 2 separate halves and there won't be a crease. People who buy this phone aren't gonna care about the crease. You don't seem to be as unhappy about that big notch on the top of the iPhone X series, so this shouldn't be a problem. First off the crease isn't very thick. From what I seem in videos, the only time you can see it, is when you are scrolling text or when the screen is completely dark. Which when dark won't even matter. What extra step you referring too? Openign the device each time? How many extra steps does it take you to compleet simple tasks on an iPhone? Many videos show in most cases, many steps on the iPhone take 3-5 steps while that same process on Android takes 3 or less and in most cases on average, just 2. While on IOS the average step process is 3. So you bringing up taking about 1 extra step when its can take as many as 5 on an iPhone, just shows pure hypocrisy.

21. midan

Posts: 3273; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

” First off the crease isn't very thick. From what I seem in videos, the only time you can see it, is when you are scrolling text or when the screen is completely dark. Which when dark won't even matter.” Right.. Gsmarena hands on review ” The unfortunate circumstance of this new, apparently harder display finish is that it makes the crease a lot more pronounced than on the Galaxy Fold. Running a finger over it, while not horrible, always, consistency will make you notice and remember it is there. And an unfortunate consequence of the vertical flip, clamshell design is that said crease is always smacked in the middle of the display. Given that most mobile UI is optimized for vertical scrolling and swiping, that crease will always end up underneath your finger. No doubt about that. Whether or not you can live with this reality will, however, be a very personal matter. One thing is for sure, though, the Z Flip is definitely a phone you need to handle in-person first, before committing to a purchase decision.” ” Nobody cares about the crease.” sure they don’t :D for me it sounds that you are in denial

23. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 431; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Marques never said the crease is bad, it's noticeable but an improvement over the original fold

32. midan

Posts: 3273; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Impressions: Mixed Feelings!"https://youtu.be/hiiVniW6l7E?t=139 He only said the crease itself is better, but the problem is the form factor and vertical folding, because of that it would be lot more noticable when touching the screen, because everytime you use your phone you would swiping over the crease. Just like gsmarena said exact same thing.

25. oldtymer

Posts: 75; Member since: Jan 31, 2020

That's ok... It isn't for you maybe... The people interested in it are teh older types... we may not use our phones as much and don't mind opening a phone... As far as form factor goes, Cell phones came in candy bar form long ago... I had a couple.... but when the flip phone came out I switched to teh flip phone format.... unfortunately the smart phoens forced this larger candy bar style back like we had in the 1990s/early 2000's... So I'm guessing you will see big sales to older people with lots of disposable income...

3. Joosty

Posts: 497; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

How many did they have? 100? lol

4. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 800; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Read the article. It'll help you to sound like less of an idiot when you comment.

30. Vancetastic

Posts: 1967; Member since: May 17, 2017

I wouldn't bet on that.

1. cevon3239

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

Hahahaha! See PA?! No matter how much you hate Samsung, they will continue to be successful The Flip is expensive, but there are plenty of people in the world with the jack to buy it. Millionaires makeup almost 5% of the world's population if not more and billionaires make up 3%. The Flip would be a very good businessman/woman device. The fact that it folds and has dual glass penels, means a phone in purse won't get damaged on the screen and it will fit in any pocket that isn't tight skinny jeans. Samsung wants to sell 2.5M of them. I would say they have a good change of doing. Which would be great, because that means they can pour more money into R&D, which means they can then tool a factory for mass production which will bring the cost down to consumers levels. Just like other tech toys have done over the years. They start expensive and then get lower as time goes by in most cases. Samsung changes everything again. Then in two years when the technology matures, Apple will come with the same, and while our prices will be cheaper, Apple will be charging considerably more and as per usual; you won't say a thing about it. Go Samsung with your expensive not needed device. I hope you sell a boatload. The fact it sold out in Korea where incomes are significantly less than they are in the US, just means once it hits the US, it is gonna sell like hotcakes and PA is gonna be crying again as Samsung sells will go back above 300M this year.

2. TBomb

Posts: 1780; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

It was approximately 900 units. I wouldn't say they are necessarily on track to sell 2.5M of them. Not saying they aren't either. Just saying, it was about 900 in about 8 hours which is about 100 per hour. That's 25,000 hours needed to make that number - or almost 3 years.

5. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 800; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

These were only available in SK though. That throws your math completely out the window.

8. midan

Posts: 3273; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"The fact it sold out in Korea where incomes are significantly less than they are in the US, just means once it hits the US, it is gonna sell like hotcakes " Why you think this phone will sell like hotcakes in US? Also Korea is their home country where propably biggest sales comes and based on this article, they sold 900 units.

18. cevon3239

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

Again, as long as you have been on this site; it shows the only thing you do is skip to the comment section. Per on average, due to 95% of the population of South Korea having incomes below $500USD, Samsung themselves actually don't sell many phones at home. In fact for its most expensive models like the S or Note, they barely sell over 1M of them in a year. That si why when the S8, S9 and Note 8 and 9 both had 1M sales in less than 30 days, it was a really big deal. In fact even Apple sells less than 2M phones in most Asian countries. Samsung sells more phones in Asian countries overall, do to lower priced models. You know, the ones you all whine that Samsung sells the most of. The reason why I said it will be a big hit in the US is very simple. First, at the start the device will be exclusive to AT&T which has the most business travelers vs any other major US carrier. So since ATT has more business customers, that means potential enterprise purchases for the suites that work at these major corporations and even medium sized businesses too. Also, $1380 broken over 24 months with 0% financing is only $57 for the phone itself. making it very affordable even on minimum wage. Since carriers like VZW also offer 36 months on more expensive phones, like the S10+ and Note 10+ 5G's, that is only $38 per month and you can always pay off extra when you get extra cash, like I do when I get my XMAS bonuses. Samsung wants to sell 2.5M of them. Once it hits the US, ATT alone will sell at least 250,000+, once VZW gets into the game, that is easily another 250,000+. then add places like Europe, Dubai and even Canada and 2.5M is easily reachable in a year. And as I stated, if Samsung gets the right demand, that means more R&D to make the device more compact, yet have larger batteries, more features and the price will also come down do to a tooled factory for high production. The better Samsung gets with redefining the original design over the next 2 years, that better the devices will be when other OEM's make them too. because they will be cheaper to make and with chip technology going down to 5NM within 2 years, small compact folding devices could be the next big thing and yet Samsung won't get fair credit. At least not on this site. I see folding phones just being a quick, "I gotta have it too" thing for maybe 2 years. if any company doesn't make FOLDING PHONE BY 2023, THEY WILL MISS THIS BANDWAGON. Samsung, Microsoft, Motorola and Huawei have all taken the 1st steps and could basically lock everyone else out, with the only exception being Apple. and the only reason Apple can drag their feet is because they have their own platform.

26. oldtymer

Posts: 75; Member since: Jan 31, 2020

If this were an apple product it would be huge... in 5 years when apple comes out with a folding phone they will be hailed as visionaries blazing a path in foldable phones... Like when they blazed the tasl on larger screens, and when 4G first came out, finger print scanners, etc... (apple is always late to the party... plenty of others beat them to the punch)

31. Vancetastic

Posts: 1967; Member since: May 17, 2017

I think Apple likes to see if an idea will be profitable first, and why not? Their business model seems to work ok.

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