Galaxy S10 pre-order numbers on day one: is Samsung about to experience a slump in sales?

Galaxy S10 pre-order numbers on day one: is Samsung about to experience a slump in sales?
We all know by now that the smartphone market has been experiencing a bit of a slowdown recently. The segment is saturated and phones are now quite good — so good that you can keep your flagship device for longer periods of time and still have it be adequate, or you can just go off and buy a midranger, which is performing extremely well for its price.

So, when Samsung announced its expensive new Galaxy S10 phones (plus one that's kind of affordable), we wondered — will this sell well, or will their performance tumble the same way that iPhones slowed down a few months ago? Well, it's still too early to spell doom and gloom for Samsung, but reports from day one registrations in South Korea have come out and they could be showing us that Samsung is about to suffer the same way that Apple did.

According to the Korea Herald, the number of pre-order registrations in Samsung's home country on day 1 for the Galaxy S10 family (this includes all three phones) rounds up to about 140,000. In comparison, the Galaxy S9 generation got 180,000 pre-orders on day 1 and the Galaxy Note 9 hit 200,000 registrations for its first pre-sale day.

Granted, 140,000 is still not bad — not bad at all. But you know how the industry is — you have to grow, grow, grow!

But there's still hope for Samsung. Let's not forget that the company still has a Galaxy S10 5G and a Galaxy Fold to launch. We are willing to bet there are a ton of devout fans in South Korea that are waiting for the 5G phones this year — bigger screen and 5G modem sound like features that hardcore users would hold off for.

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53 Comments

1. askarak

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 25, 2015

meanwhile they're out of stock in other countries. Since when lower sales on just one day in just one country is enough to make conclusions?

7. Bankz

Posts: 2478; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Meh. But then again, what did we expect? Consumers are becoming smarter and less excited because smartphones are basically a rehatch of the previous generations (apple are the worst offenders here). Even companies like HTC and LG hardly ever have any reason to exist at this point. Even the essential phone didn't find any motivation to go for a second try for these reasons, why? Because, the industry is now stagnant. The GS10's are no exceptions either and this will still probably be the best Android has to offer all year round, which should tell you alot about the current state smartphone industry. It's now so bad that even onleaks basically leaked almost every high end phone coming out this year and we're still in March. It will even be worse for every other Oem tbh (even apple). PHONES ARE STALE!!!!

17. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1791; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

You guys are all looking at this wrong. Since Trump ordered to start building out a 6g network now the world is waiting!

27. TechNeck

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Do you know how ridiculous you sound right now? 5G is barley coming to market in an imperfected form and the US wants to worry about 6G which could be almost more than a decade away? I swear...

32. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1791; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Lol that totally went over your head I see... See how ridiculous y'all president sound lol

36. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

No we see how ridiculous you sound!

2. murtaxarzv

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 13, 2017

They are just waiting may be for #GALAXYFOLD and GALAXY S10 5G.... THEN 5G MODEL SALES WILL SHATTER ALL PREVIOUS SALES RECORD...

3. murtaxarzv

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 13, 2017

Just a matter of releasing 5G variant...plus GALAXY FOLD......THATS IT ...

4. dimas

Posts: 3259; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

The low pre-registrations might be good or bad. My relative is waiting for the galaxy fold official price, some are waiting for big xiaomi and oneplus 7 announcements. That's just how android choices works.

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 6389; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Just like with XR/S, the reasons to upgrade the S8/Note 8 (even S7) to S10 are just marginals. The 5G variant will have low sells and Fold even lower; I think even the next Note will be just a ”meh” device.

6. mohsin845

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Yes. In Bangladesh It Also Out Of Stock...S10e & S10Plus.

8. maherk

Posts: 6684; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yeah, let's ignore all the reports about the S10 being out of stock already in dozens of countries, some of which are the biggest smartphone markets in the world, and instead, focus on this report that is missing one key reason why the sales aren't that strong, and that is because people in South Korea are waiting for the 5G model.

18. midan

Posts: 2557; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Denial much? :) you know out of stock really doesn't tell anything.

25. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Thats not what you ifanboys say when its iphones

48. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Let it be an iPhone outta stock, and you'll be in orgasmic bliss.

24. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Thats PA for you.

28. maherk

Posts: 6684; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yeah, sad how this became the norm on this website.

9. smuksta

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Phone companies should stop selling phones every year now and go with every 2 years and with that break develop some new technology for there next phone that might actually have something new people will like and be more excited for..

12. Bankz

Posts: 2478; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Exactly.. I don't see the point of yearly releases tbh. At this point an average person will see no difference between the gs6 and the S10 generally speaking. The folds should be where it's at..

21. midan

Posts: 2557; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Sounds like you think that everyone buy new phone every year :D What a silly comment, yearly upgrades are great offer for people who own older models. There's so many people in the world who use smartphones so there's people to buy them every year. Not releasing flagship model every year would be so stupid move. You know these phones going to sell atleast 20 million and more.

53. smuksta

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

lol i have had three new phones in this past 5 months hahah mate 20 pro , xs , now s10 im a sucker for newer tech that i dont really need

10. Cat97

Posts: 1726; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I don't believe one thing about this. I read that the preorder numbers are double compared to the S9, at least in China. Signs on Amazon sites are also that there is high demand. It's probably a bad estimation from some obscure source.

19. midan

Posts: 2557; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

S9 was huge flop in China, so double that number really doesn't tell anything. Samsung marketshare in China was under 1% when S9 came and still is, just saying.

30. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

So the low registration numbers in South Korea tells us everything? Dude just stfu.

40. midan

Posts: 2557; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

It did with the S9 ;) "Galaxy S9 pre-orders in Korea are 30% lower than the S8 preorders in 2017 According to reports from Korea, pre-orders for the Galaxy S9 in Korea are 30% lower compared to the pre-orders of Samsung's Galaxy S8 in 2017. Yonhap news says that Korea's three largest carriers distributed only 180,000 GS9 phones, while at the same time last year these three companies distributed 260,00 GS8 phones."

44. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

That doesn't prove anything. There's a 5g version of the s10 that most are waiting for which is not release yet, I'd caution you to wait till the phones are release before passing judgement. I know isheep like yourself are rooting for the phones failure, so let me be the one to break it to you first boy, that won't happen.

45. midan

Posts: 2557; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Really, i thought Samsung fans want micro SD and suddenly everyone is waiting the one which doesn't have it, sounds legit. You are in big denial. Most won't buy the 5G model. Very likely it's going to be worst selling model especially when people hear the price.

11. strawberry

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

not true, samsung is invincible!!! its preorder will overtake huawei and apple for sure

13. drunkenjay

Posts: 1640; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

thats suprising. in australia, some carriers and stores have sold out on some of their s10+ compared to last year where they still had stock.

14. Guseinguliev

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

I watched the reviews, but a little upset. Ultrasound scanner is very slow and I won’t give exynos $ 1000 in life.

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