iPhone 6 predicted to outsell Galaxy Note by a massive 10 to 1
The iPhone 6 is obliterating Samsung’s Note 4 in sales, and could even outsell it 10x according to a Korean analyst.
In a note to clients, Shinhan Investment’s Kim Young-chan wrote that the iPhone “will outsell the Galaxy Note 4 by tenfold, with 80 million units shipped worldwide in the October-December period.” Young-chan adds that, “Other market watchers also are expressing doubts about the performance of Korean tech giants.”
It is certainly true that the iPhone 6 family of devices looks to be significantly outselling the Galaxy Note 4, even in its home country of South Korea. According to the Korea Herald, ahead of it going on sale in Korea this Friday, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have already reached a total of 80,000 units preorders, surpassing the 30,000 preorders for the Galaxy Note.
As per a previous report, phone carrier KT Corporation picked up 10,000 iPhone 6 preorders in just one minute, and a total of 50,000 in 30 minutes. LG Uplus, meanwhile, said it had taken 20,000 orders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 20 minutes, while the country’s largest mobile carrier, SK Telecom, claimed that both the first and second batch of preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have already been booked.
It’s worth pointing out, of course, that the comparison isn’t an entirely fair one. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are two devices, compared to the one device that is the Samsung Note 4.
Even so, what is surprising is just how enthusiastic the Korean press is generally being about the dominance of the Apple brand in the country, where it currently holds just 6% of the market share, but is likely to achieve a record high based on the new iPhones.
The Galaxy Note 4, meanwhile, sold around 4.5 million units in just under a month: not bad for most smartphone makers, but slightly less impressive than its predecessor this time last year.
“Though the battle has just begun, the latest figures are especially meaningful for Apple since the California-based firm has thrashed Samsung on its home turf,” the Korea Herald noted.
The report ends by saying that, “When the new Apple devices arrive in Seoul, the front pages of local newspapers and online news sites will be once again be plastered with pictures of customers lining up ― with some even camping out ― in front of Apple shops and other retailers to get their hands on the devices.”
Not all Korean reports have been quite so kind to Apple, of course. One recent report from Business Korea noted that, “Apple is continuing to keep its investment in Korea to a minimum, despite Korean consumers’ enthusiasm for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.”
Responding to Apple’s plan to open 25 more Apple Stores in China within the next two years, the reporter continued that, “the company is not running any Apple Store in Korea, although it has done business in the country for five years” and notes that, “Even Zimbabwe” has an Apple Store — as though this proved anything on its own.
At the end of the day, however you slice it, things are looking better than ever for Apple. And Samsung desperately needs to work out what to do about it.
Source: Patently Apple