Samsung Galaxy S5 sales are "robust" in South Korea thus far

As you may have heard, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 went on sale a bit earlier than expected in South Korea. SK Telecom was the first Korean carrier to release the handset (on March 27), with KT and LG U+ joining the fun almost immediately after that.

According to Yonhap News, around 7,000 Galaxy S5 units are being sold each day in South Korea. At that pace, 1 million S5s will be in the hands of Korean customers in less than five months.

Last year, around 8,000 Galaxy S4 units were sold daily at launch, while Galaxy S4 LTE-A sales reached 10,000 units daily. Even so, industry watchers reportedly noted that Galaxy S5 sales are “remarkable, given that only one of the country's three carriers is currently in full operation and that the carriers are no longer allowed to pay out subsidies.” Indeed, only SK Telecom can sell handsets to all customers at the moment. KT and LG U+ are allowed to offer new smartphones only to “users with handsets two years or older, or those who lost or misplaced their device” - following bans and regulations imposed by Korean authorities.

An unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 costs $820 (866,800 KRW) in South Korea. That’s slightly lower than the launch price of last year’s Galaxy S4: $850 (899,000 KRW).

Samsung will launch the Galaxy S5 in many markets around the world starting this month. Some units can already be ordered at Amazon in the US, but they’re expensive, so customers would be better off to wait for carriers to release the handset (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and others will have it).


source: Yonhap News

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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53 Comments

49. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Samsung still able to sell 7000 units per day even with such a big obstacle ! Good job!

39. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

I want North Korea's Arirang smartphone so badly!

15. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

And here we go again. Another AMAZING Galaxy and another funny Rip nokia/htc/sony/lg. #NumberDontLie. #SamsungToRuleThemAll.

24. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Height of fanboyism. No one stealing your beloved Samsung position for time being, So chill, S5 is a good device no doubt. N again it will be number one in sales figure beating all other flagship phones, no one have doubt in that, that doesnt mean other flagships are bad. Sales figure not the only criteria for good or bad, No, Nokia/HTC/Sony/LG not going anywhere, all have proved themselves in market (not to the extent of Samsung I agree) what they are capable of. R.I.P in your dream only,, keep dream, Goodnight Sweet Dreamz!

46. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Yeah I know, but when you sell everywhere and others can't even sell anything you gotta ask yourself some questions. they proved themselves huh? with htc announcing it's first ever quarterly loss? and nokia selling itself?

50. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Selling selling selling! So according to you proving themselves means only selling? If so then, on that basis Samsung got nothing other then sales? HTC/Nokia/LG/Sony all are giving tough competition, cant you see? Technology design camera screen etc., everything counts dude, not only sales.

51. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

In the end, it sales that matters no matter what you do, it determines success and failure. They all wish they were Samsung.

53. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Im taking about customers perceptive not companys perceptive.

14. Whopyourass unregistered

To hit 1 million sales in South Korea in 5 months and they call it a hit? Oh sure never mind, you know as long as its a Samsung Galaxy, even if it sells 10 per day blind fans will still call it a hit.

18. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Bring out your phone and sell one million in five month in korea only then I will see

20. Whopyourass unregistered

Xiaomi sells out 10,000 phones in just 10 minutes and nobody's praising heaven and earth. 7,000 SamsungCrap phones in 24 hours, and people are praising and celebrating as if Jesus arrived on Earth. Hallejulah. I wonder who is the one who doesnt know mobile phones and numbers? Lmao.

21. hurrycanger

Posts: 1776; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

How about you letting me know how many more units were sold after that 10 minutes? ;) Gotta consider the population in China vs Korea, too, bro.

23. Whopyourass unregistered

Obviously they were sold out after the 10 mins smarty pants. Asking the obvious duh. LMAO. Every stock they manage to manufacture is snapped up. Oh so you wanna compare China VS Korea eh? In every market Xiaomi debuts in, they are practically sold out. Period. They haven't debuted in Korea yet, it will beat the daylights out of Samcrap when they do. Ya living in the South Pole? Lol In China - 220,000 sold in 3 mins. In Taiwan - 10,000 sold in 8 mins. In Singapore - 5,000 sold in 3 mins. And btw, if you think S5 at 7,000 is uber-fantastic, look at S4 which debuted at 8,000 per day in Korea, and in the end S4 didnt quite enjoy good sales as they should internationally. Heck even the S4 LTE+ is going at 10,000 per day in Korea. Factor in the iPhone 5S which is at 11,000 per day in Korea, and suddenly the Galaxy S5 looks pretty average eh? *Burp*

25. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

To your attention even in xiaomi's home ground samsung is leading manufacturer.....they tell all this sold out in 10 mins crap...but still surveys shows samsung is leading OEM in china....

27. Whopyourass unregistered

Your statement is literally begging to make a laughing stock of yourself. Samsung is an established market player since God knows when in China, (*roll eyes) while Xiaomi is a fairly new startup. And Samsung is already losing market share in China to other Chinese brands like Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo. Rome wasn't built overnight mind you. Nokia was the top once, and where is it today? Zzzzzz.

28. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

You my friend is going out of topic....we are here taking present....7000 units a day with one carrier in small country like korea is big deal compared whateva xiaomi sells in china.... And to your kind notice we are talking about sales in specific countries I.e china and korea not global sales.... Huwaei and ZTE are in china for years still samsung is doing good..nothing to worry about xiaomi...

33. Whopyourass unregistered

Galaxy S4 was going at a 'whopping' 8000 a day in Korea with the press praising it up high and look at its performance internationally? Today the S4 is worse than the Note 2 and Note 3 in sales. Even Sammy admits the S4 didnt do as well as it should. Just because it sells well in Korea doesnt mean its gonna sell well globally. Here we look at 7,000 units daily for S5 and ppl are praising the high heavens. They forget that the S4 LTE-A was going for 10,000 per day in Korea when it debuted but internationally its nowhere up there. Let's wait till the S5 hits the global market before people start saying Samsung has a smash-hit here. LMAO.

35. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

S4 sales where not as much as they expected....but still it is most sold android phone ever...that says it all... And s5 now is doing even better..it'll be the most sold android phone until s6 comes to light....

32. Jason2k13

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

So how much did xiaomi sell after the 10 mins? And 1 week or 1 month after? Samsung losing marketshare? By how much? And how long has this been continuing? Maybe you should check the gap between Samsung and the 2nd and 3rd largest manufacturer and see how far xiaomi will need to catch up. Rome wasn't built in a day, yet your making it sound like Samsung is gonna go down in a day.

34. Whopyourass unregistered

Basically you just trolled yourself by echoing what I just said ROFL. Didn't I just say Rome wasn't built in a day, and Samsung's gonna go down some day somehow? LOL

41. Jason2k13

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Maybe read my comment better or take better English lessons so you understand what I said.

48. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

you sounds like your mouth is your ass and it got whopped very badly... s5 is not even properly launched... these sale figures are from one telecom only which launched s5 before official release... definitely sale figures will go up when when it will launch properly... sale figures as quite nice regardless of how much you are trying hard to belittle it

19. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

You sir, have no idea about mobile phones or about Korea. So get a life and think again.

9. Sauce unregistered

They need them heart rate monitors from all these North Korean shenanigans.

6. maherk

Posts: 7084; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

not surprised at all. Once again, and as it was proven with every Galaxy phone released, design isn't a priority for the majority out there, build quality+hardware+features+hundreds of thousands of customized accessories what matters the most. I guess the "ugly band aid" will

8. maherk

Posts: 7084; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

top the charts once again.

31. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Once again it is proved that spending more money on marketing each year than your competition by several times equals to amazing sales. 2012, Apples marketing budget 2.billion, Samsungs 9.5billion. HTC/SONY etc wasn't even mentioned of how low it was compared to Samsung. You really think Galaxy S sells cause its an amazing phone? So I am guessing twilight is an amazing movie and not cause it was marketed and made in a way every teen girl will love the stupidness of it.

40. Jason2k13

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

So what is the amazing phone and way?

44. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Not marketing, but the features makes S5 the clear winner. You may spend billions to market the HTC M8 mediocre sealed brick , and POS ugly camera, as much you want(and tech media do it every day sinse 2 years), but it doesn't help. :-)

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I think i will end up on s5 just because of dat AMOLED nothing else of that phone attracts me.

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