Report says LG G4 sales are lagging badly in Korea

Report says LG G4 sales are lagging badly in Korea
LG cannot be happy with a report published today in South Korea revealing that the LG G4 is selling 3500 to 3800 units a day in the country. As June came to an end, a little more than 240,000 units of the company's new flagship phone were sold since the device was launched in late April, according to these reports published by Korean media. The big question for LG is whether the struggles that the LG G4 is having in its home country are taking place in other markets as well. LG had hoped to sell a combined total of 70 million smartphones worldwide in 2015 and the LG G4 was being counted on to produce many of those expected sales.

Back in April, LG said that it expected to sell 12 million LG G4 units globally in 2015. That would be a 20% hike over the 10 million LG G3 units sold world-wide by the manufacturer. A source inside the Korean mobile industry called the weak domestic LG G4 sales "a serious situation" for LG. As a comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge have sold a combined total of 1.3 million units in South Korea. While the pair were released in the country close to three weeks before the LG G4 was launched, the head start doesn't change the fact that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge have been strongly outselling the LG G4 in Korea.

LG might have another card to play. For some time there has been talk about a higher-spec'd device to be launched by LG in the second half of this year. Earlier this month, we heard rumors about the LG G Pro 3, which could feature a 6-inch QHD (1440 x 2560 resolution) screen, powered by the Snapdragon 820 chipset. This device would include iris scanning technology.

If LG is going to come anywhere close to the goals it set earlier this year in terms of smartphone sales, it apparently will need to pull something out of its hat. Still, there is no guarantee that a device like the rumored LG G Pro 3 will be enough to make up for the tough start that LG has apparently incurred with the LG G4.


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source: asiae.co.kr (translated) via GforGames

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55 Comments

2. Tziggy14

Posts: 623; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

I haven't seen much LG G4s here in the states either. Looks like they're beginning to suffer the HTC curse. The only major difference between the G4 and G3 is primarily the camera. What point is it to upgrade?

53. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

look at the sales figuired LG is increasing its total # of sold smartphones. the reason why the specific phone namely G4 did not match the g3 in sale is just because LG HAD INFORMED people that G4 is not the FINAL FLAGSHIP for this year. and there is another ONE BEAST TO BE RISED soon....

3. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Coworker had G3 kept over heating so move on to G4. Now it's doing same thing and lagging. Think the G2 was probably best out of this series.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Saying the G2 was the best isn't saying a whole lot.

30. chenski

Posts: 745; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I would say g3 is better than g2

36. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Hated my g3, terrible phone. Overheats and throttles like no tomorrow and lags unlike anything I've ever seen on a flagship device. Had it 2 months before I finally got rid of it (gave it away) believe me i tried everything with that phone and it was still wanted to throw it at a wall.

37. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Still wanted to throw it at a wall***

38. chenski

Posts: 745; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

You prob had a dud phone, my one is fine

4. Clars123

Posts: 1075; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Damn...not even in their home country?....that's too bad

5. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Asian people love dem Iphones over there.

9. Clars123

Posts: 1075; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

So I've observed..but this is really bad

42. kevin91202

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

and white people love dem iPhones over there.

6. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The majority of users want a smaller phone, that's plain simple. No matter how good it is, how good is the camera with raw, laser autofocus, optical stabilization and so on. That.phone.is.too.big. The iphone 6 is selling like hot cake with a 4.7'' screen. That's what people want. A 5,5'' phone is just not for everyone, and LG made a big mistake, I wonder how they could think that such a big phone could become a best seller when it was clear that most people would consider it a phablet.

13. TerryTerius unregistered

That doesn't make a whole lot of sense, considering Samsung has moved well over 200 million Note series phones so far over the years and Apple has likely sold tens of millions of iPhone 6+'s. A phablet may not sell as well as a phone within the 4.7 to 5.2 inch range, but that cannot possibly be the entire reason that the G4 is selling so terribly. Especially since phablet sales have been trending upwards and have been doing so for quite some time. It seems much more likely that it is due to a combination of market saturation, the existence of high quality offerings from rival companies, and customers simply not upgrading due to satisfaction with their existing devices. You can tack on lack of compelling reasons to that list, for some people. That isn't to say the g4 is a bad phone, just saying.

20. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Yep there are many factors for g4 not selling well 1. big size 2. Apple fans got bigger iphone 3. S6 is very good alternative to go for 4. up to 3 year old phones are doing fine (g2,g3,s4,s5,one m8,one m7, oneplus one, moto x 2nd, nexus 5, nexus 6) 5. you can get older phones which are pretty good to even today's standards (above mentioned, you can get from $200 onward) 5 years ago, phones and OS were improving so fast that your phone would be absolute in 2 years, now days it won't My S4 is working fine ( a little slow) that I won't spend $500-600 on new phone

41. alouden unregistered

+Everything you said. I will also add price. Lg insisted on a premium price for the phone. If they had sold it at a lower price they may have had something on Samsung. For the same price, most would opt for the Samsung Offering.

48. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Nailed it. My S4 also works fine.

54. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

Do you wanna know the best reason why g4 didn't sell like the g3 ? see you in September....THE REAL LG'S BEAST SHALL BE BORN! LG had annouced that G4 is not the KING ! LG 's real king is soon to come.... most LG G3 users are prefer to wait for that BEAST!

23. TerryTerius unregistered

Sorry, well over 200 million* Galaxy S & Note lines with each of the Note generations having moved over 10 million. Those figures were before the release of the S5 and Note 4. http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/24/samsung-has-sold-more-than-200-million-galaxy-smartphones/ My bad!

32. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I'm not saying that there's no market for phablets. Their salesa are roaring, for example: "Phablets claimed 21% of all US smartphone sales in Q1 2015 – nearly quadrupling their 6% share from the first quarter of 2014" (from Kantar) Note that these data match quite well with other data that came out last december and that said that out of every 6 iphone 6 sold, one was an iphone 6+. So if these figures are correct, despite the exponential growth, only 1 smartphone out of five is a phablet. Now, if you had to choose a screen size for your next flagship, would you choose a screen size that targets only 21% of the market? I wouldn't, and I get paid much less than an LG manager...

34. TerryTerius unregistered

LG sold 10 million G3's last year, them expecting to sell 12 million G4's isn't surprising. In other words, the last device they made it literally sold millions, so them being caught off guard with this device not managing to do that is understandable. I never said that smaller devices didn't sell more than larger ones, but, what I'm saying is the size of the device in and of itself does not mean it wouldn't be successful. There's a large difference between those two things.

7. waddup121 unregistered

Samsung Korea probay took over in sales there

8. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Man this sucks. This is going to end up a 2-dog show and we're going to be the losers. I had the G2 and it was a great phone. I've played with a G3 and it was slow and the whites were yellow, I was disappointed.

33. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I agree with you, but I think that manufacturers like LG, HTC and Sony are shooting themselves in the foot with products that do not meet users' expectations. We usually blame Apple and Samsung, but the truth is that these two prosperate mainly because the other are making one mistake after another. This year, HTC released a phone that was the copy of last year's flagship. Sony released the Z3+ which is only a minor improvement over the Z3 and also has some serious overheating issues. LG released a phablet when the market still prefers smaller phones. So, who's to blame if we're ending with a 2-dog show? The two that are working well or the other 10 that aren't able to market decent products?

14. guest

Posts: 370; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

It's what happens when you use Qualcomm should have gone intel!

16. fancollo unregistered

do you really think the majority of people know about qualcomm or exynos and which type is used? forget that. samsung has made itself a name with strong and constant ads and also pointing agains apple. LG on the other hand is rather low-profile. here in europe you can't find as many advertisements on the streets, shops etc. so people see the iphones and the S6 only. that's it. when i pick up my G4, people ask what it is! if i say, the G4, they ask if it's a Samsung or maybe Motorola. Even if they see the logo on the bottom. But once i show them how it works and what the camera is capable of, they think it's great. So from my point of view, LG should invest in ads. make the phone present everywhere. then people will start to read and ask around.

17. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

I just bought 2 g4's for 2 cents from amazon off contract.:)

18. Tziggy14

Posts: 623; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

LG needs to step up their marketing campaign. Theres a good reason why their domestic rival Samsung sells so much everywhere. Awareness, awareness, awareness, The G4 is an excellent phone with an excellent camera and screen, but not too many people care about it because they don't see enough interest in what should make them want to buy a G4 over a Galaxy S6 or iPhone.

24. TerryTerius unregistered

I wonder how many people will refuse to accept the fact that a removable battery and microSD card slot are apparently unimportant for the average consumer? Or at least, the inclusion of such didn't do much of anything to help LG steal sales from Samsung. I doubt sales can be blamed on the size of the g4, since the g3 sold 10 million units according to LG. So it doesn't make a whole lot of sense for that to have been a non issue last year, and suddenly become one this year. I'm not saying that there aren't lots of people who would want microSDs and removable battery, but by all indications that appears to be a niche segment of the market. Increasingly so.

31. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

the device is about the same size as many 5 inch devices thanks to its thin bezels, so I agree size has nothing to do with it,

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