LG G5 sales are off to a very good start in South Korea

LG G5 sales are off to a very good start in South Korea
The LG G5 launches today in the US and other regions around the world, but in the company's home market of South Korea, the phone was released a day early

According to the first estimates from local industry watchers, LG G5 sales are off to a very good start.

Analysts quoted by The Korea Heard in a report earlier today claim that LG sold about 15,000 G5 units during the first day of availability in South Korea. That figure is three times greater than the 5,000 G4 units the company sold last year when it launched its 2015 flagship smartphone. As per the report, KT Corp., the second-largest mobile carrier in South Korea suffered a network outage which has delayed up to 2,000 additional sales. 

By comparison, Samsung is estimated to have sold 100,000 Galaxy S7 and S7 edge units in the first two days of availability in South Korea.

Even if these estimates are accurate, it remains to be seen if the phone will manage to maintain a healthy commercial performance in the upcoming weeks and months. If it does, the G5 might just be the boost that LG's mobile arm needed to reach profitability. On the long run, analysts estimate that LG will sell about 10 million G5 units by the end of the year.

While the previous LG G flagships maintained a relatively affordable price, the G5 is now priced similarly to the Samsung Galaxy S7. The LG G5 is a premium affair with blazing-fast internal hardware and a unique 'modular' design. It also has a bit of a wow factor in the LG Friends accessories, which range from a VR headset and a 360-degree camera to a battery add-on that also acts like a camera grip. For a closer look at LG's new flagship, make sure to check out our LG G5 preview.

The device, which LG markets as a metal smartphone, is actually a plastic-metal hybrid: the top layers are plastic, but the inner ones seem are apparently aluminium.


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19 Comments

1. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Good for LG. They need a successful phone, to help them make better phones.

7. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

They are the most innovative company this year so far. Modular design? LG's done it. Apple? Nope. Samsung? Nope. LG? Yes.

12. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Wow, real innovation. With samsung's removable back of old, you could make custom back cases fitting anything inside. Modules are a waste.

15. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Spent extra money for different moduls for different function? nope for me. That waste my money for LG schemes

19. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Camera module would have been great if it actually included very good DSLR quality sensor and lens instead of just battery and some buttons. Of course price of such add-on would be quite steep, but it's justifiable if camera add on was still less than buying a high quality mini DSLR

2. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

15K in a day is a jock compare to samsung and apple in korea tbh

4. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

I'm tired of how sale number always matters these days. Did you even know LG strategy that its main focus isn't quantity, but QUALITY. At least LG isn't some jackass trying to be an iPhone wannabe like most Chinese makers.

5. Jason2k13

Posts: 1447; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

So your saying you cant have both quantity and quality together? and sales does matter, if it didn't matter Nokia, BB and WP would still be making good phones.

8. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

I can attest to LG's quality. 3 year old Nexus 4, still running strong with no issues.

14. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

I believe, even LG themselves prefer quantity over quality. Lmao

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

xiaomi can sell 15k in seconds at their flash sale :-/

17. jessyi

Posts: 325; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Yes only in china and india.cheap phones.

3. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Of course, G5 is an excellently-packed gadget that is suitable for both boys and girls. Its predecessor G4 didn't do well because it's a bit oversized.

6. Jason2k13

Posts: 1447; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

5.5 G4 vs 5.3 G5... yeah that's a huge difference?

9. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

Not a huge difference but at least I can feel different.

11. sachouba

Posts: 263; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

They are the same size, the only difference is the size of the display (with an awful screen to body ratio)

16. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Yea,and thats because they don't know they have been cheated on and it's made out of plastic. Lol

10. realhumanbeing

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

I work for T-mobile and the LG reps came in and showcased the device. It actually looks good really good from the screen quality to the camera... Pictures don't really do it justice!

18. jessyi

Posts: 325; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Yap the G5 look beautiful in person...who wants to buy my note 4?

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