Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are not embraced in South Korea

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are not embraced in South Korea
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ seem to be underperforming in sales. The news comes from nowhere else but Samsung's home soil - South Korea.

Reports have it that South Koreans are not that interested in the Galaxy S9 and S9+ because of the lack of significant improvements over the previous generation. The "reimagined" camera and AR Emoji, despite being all good and smooth, seem to not be the selling point of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ Samsung hoped for.

Another reason for the low sales could be the lack of design differences between the Galaxy S8 and S9. There's not much on the outside that differentiates the two generations, except the fingerprint scanner placement and the different color options the Galaxy S9 has. That could be a deal breaker for those looking to upgrade, Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners in particular, which could've led to lower sales overall.

In case you've been wondering which phone has taken Samsung's bestseller spot in South Korea, it's the Galaxy A8 (2018), as reported by another retailer. It seems like the dual front-facing camera and an affordable price tag of the Galaxy A8 are its main drawing points, which is most popular amongst the younger audience.

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  • Battery 3500 mAh(35h talk time)

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58 Comments

1. DolmioMan

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Uh oh. Better hope the Note 9 has some standout features then.

16. umaru-chan

Posts: 349; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Highly doubt it. S9 series is turning into a major flop phone for Samsung. You Khow it's a flop phone when your phone failed to impress your own country people. I predict they will be unable to sale half of s8 unless they cut price. S9 is just too boring of a phone. #fact #peoplearenotimpressed

22. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Really? Man your Samsung hating in every single thread is getting tedious. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is merely Samsung refining the design of the Galaxy S8. They actually listened to their consumers and changed the things they disliked. Are you going to act as if the iphone's didn't use the exact same design for 4 years!? The iphone 6 design was re-used on the iphone 6s series, iphone 7 series and iphone 8 series phones. Sure, the S9 isn't that different on the design front, but are you seriously going to attack them for doing that for a single generation, when Apple did it for 4 years? Your bias is ridiculous. The S9 still has major upgrades on both the hardware and software front. It incorporated more new hardware features in a single generation than Apple has ever done in a single generation.

27. umaru-chan

Posts: 349; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Man, your Samsung sucking in every thread is getting really tedious. Wake up from your dream and face the truth. S9 is super boring device and it's sales figure is a testament of this fact. People are turning their head/face away from S9. I'm not going to stop stating the truth just because some people don't like my post. I'm going keep saying whatever I feel like saying and whenever I feel like saying. Other than whining There is absolutely nothing you people can do about it .

31. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I've proved why your arguments were heavily biased in favour of Apple. You started by calling the S9 series a major flop, and proceed to berate Samsung for keeping a similar design for a single year, while Apple has done it for 4 years in a row. Those are both extreme exaggerations. You definitely aren't speaking the truth. Now explain to me what i said that was wrong, because i don't see it. How am i "Samsung sucking"? If you're going to make such a claim, then you should be able to prove it, which you haven't done. I'm going to patiently wait for you to prove that i am "Samsung sucking" with my reply. Please tell me what i say that wasn't correct.

57. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 190; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

There's no point trying to get an iTard to see the truth.

34. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 642; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I don't what happened in your life to make you such a miserable person, but I hope it gets better.

35. droidguy86

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

The only thing that's boring is the iPhone's design. It's been the same thing for the last four years. Many of my friends who have an iPhone agree that it's getting ridiculous. At least Samsung has tried something different and listened to their consumer base to improve things, even if the design is somewhat similar to last year's model it still isn't completely the same each year like Apple's. Just because they haven't been selling well in one country doesn't mean it's a flop. In the US the pre-orders were selling like crazy. I'm sure the S10 will be completely different from the S8 and S9, unlike the iPhone 8s or iPhone Xs. I guess the "s" on the end of Apple's products stand for "same" design.

44. Roeshak

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

We don't actually have any figures. Saw an article which posted that pre order figures were less than the s8 twins in South Korea over the same period but that was to be expected and in any case they still returned figures most android makers would be proud of. The s9 may not be a worthy upgrade from say an s8 but year on year upgrades have been hard to justify in recent years as the devices get more powerful. U seem to be jumping on this article because it feeds into your bias against Samsung. Chill out kiddo

51. monkeyb

Posts: 404; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Why are everyone bashing or even talking about Apple when umaru-chan is talking about Samsung. He/She did not compare it with Apple. Apple re-used their design for 4 years because of 1 simple argument: don't try fixing something that isn't broken. (It worked very well for them and sales figures show it). Also Apple has catered all its time in designing the X which is a massive re-design for "them". Samsung also felt that their design was perfect (true for many people) and used it. But unfortunately android users are used to seeing and expecting way more every year. This scenario Android manufacturers created will bite them back and is exactly happening now with the S9. I just want Apple and Samsung to loose serious sales just so that they will get their act together and start giving something truly innovative. I am pretty sure all of just want great products for the high prices we shell out.

21. cozze02

Posts: 125; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

It won't, it will be a galaxy s9+ with an spen

46. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

They better change the look of Note 9. I don't wanna wasting $$$ just to hold and feel a Note 8 again. Samsung you are not Apple. Change!

58. rkoforever90

Posts: 417; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

why should you consider buying a note 9 if you have note 8 , i have a note 5 im perfectly fine with it except for the not so good battery. Note 9 is for people like me who is holding onto note 5 or even note4.

2. notfair

Posts: 709; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

there is a difference... on the price! give less charge more, they have learned from the best. ty apple for: - removing the 3.5mm - increasing the price for no reason - NOTCH, this one the best .. almost every android OEM adds this "feature" to their phones, I can't wait for an android tablet with a notch!

7. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Notch isn't a feature, it's just that there is isn't a technology to hide all those sensors under the display which is why Essential & Apple both were forced to give a display cutout on upside of the display. And there is a rumour that Apple is going to remove notch from it's successor of iPhone X(next year). Btw the a tablet with the notch would look horrible with media playing as your video is already letterboxed and there will be another cutout in the video bc of notch

15. notfair

Posts: 709; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

do you get sarcasm?

20. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Oh lol my bad.....

14. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

No one said to copy Apple though.

25. nodes

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

it's in Samsung's DNA.

3. ijuanp03

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Agreed. The S9 is like Apple's iPhone 8. Improved camera and nothing more. I'm just excited on Samsung's next flagship as they will be "forced" to redesign their hardware. Btw, I am not saying the S9/S9+ is NOT a great phone. It IS the best smartphone right now. Better than the iPhone X. S8 owners shouldn't upgrade but this is good if you're coming from an older model.

6. bucknassty

Posts: 1317; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

until they figure out how to get the camera under the screen and a final resolution on the fingerprint scanner ... how much radical change can we see on the designs... Samsung has the curved screen and apple has the notch... besides slimming down the bezels.... what more can be changed, i think we are just at the limit on design changes without something really stupid

10. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Yup bucknassty bezelless/infinity/FullView display is like end of Front design. Once the every other phones achieve a bezelless display(99%-100% screen to body ratio) then the only way will be left to recognise the device is from the back.

11. bucknassty

Posts: 1317; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Yeah, so what is this site going to say once that is achieved? that designs are boring all screen year after year?

13. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Sure they will.

4. bucknassty

Posts: 1317; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

not sure why this site is so hell bent on insisting that S8 owners will be disappointed for this upgrade... i'm sure they expect lower sales due to the fact people are keeping phones longer... This is a nice refinement coming from S8 and a great upgrade coming from S7 and older... so if they didn't get the S8 the S9 is a substantial upgrade

8. midan

Posts: 2595; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

South Korean people are finally waking to understand that iPhone was the phone they should have bought all these years. Since X launch, iPhone share is growing in South Korea while Samsung share going down.

18. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Oh my good, how much do they pay your for your obnoxious propaganda? Obviously a market share is going to grow when a brand has just released new phones, especially one such as their anniversary phone, meaning something that only occurs once every decade. It's quite a special phone, which is what Samsung's anniversary is going to be as well, for the same reasons. Overall the IOS market share has been slowly falling year for year ever since 2014, while Android's market has been growing ever since it was released, and it hasn't stopped yet. Right now the market share of android sits around 85%, while IOS sits around 15%. If the trend continues, Android is going to gain even more market share, and IOS is going to be lose a bit. Sources:https://www.idc.com/promo/smartphone-market-share/oshttps://www.statista.com/statistics/266136/global-market-share-held-by-smartphone-operating-systems/http://bgr.com/2017/07/19/android-vs-ios-market-share-2017-q2/https://www.cultofmac.com/442781/ios-falls-as-androids-market-share-skyrockets/https://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-falls-Android-gains-in-US-market-share-and-the-iPhone-X-is-to-blame_id100436

29. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

To be fair, Apple stands no chance nor does it aim for market share. Samsung s9 is a great phone but in the android space Samsung has to compete with some really cheap pretty high quality phones. Apple doesn’t fight in this space because they would get severely spanked.

36. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I completely agree. Apple is all about profit margins, as they know they can sell really expensive phones by charging a premium for them, as no one else has IOS. They have a monopoly on that OS, which is a luxury that no android manufacturer enjoys, which means that their products have to directly compete with other android smartphones. Sure, Apple doesn't have a great market share, but their profits are still huge, because of the premium they can charge. I'm not saying they aren't doing well on that front, i merely wanted to correct Midan, as his Apple ranting is quite annoying and untruthful.

38. midan

Posts: 2595; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Why are you talking about Android share? :D we are now talking about Samsung in South Korea

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