The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus just became available for preorder in the one market Samsung is likely to remain dominant when it comes to smartphone sales… and Apple’s latest iOS handsets have apparently managed to outperform the Galaxy Note 4 when it comes to preorders.
According to numbers dug up by The Wall Street Journal, Apple sold more than 100,000 units in the first day of iPhone 6 preorders, significantly above the 30,000 Galaxy Note 4 units Samsung sold during the same period of time a month ago when the latest Note phablet launched in Samsung’s home country.
Carrier KT confirmed it sold more than 10,000 iPhone 6 orders in one minute on Friday, with orders topping 50,000 after 30 minutes. LG U+ sold 20,000 iPhone 6 units within 20 minutes. SK Telecom would not mention any numbers, but said that the first and second batch of presale orders have been booked, with a third round having started on Monday.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in stores starting with October 31st.
IBK Securities analyst Lee Seung-woo said that Samsung may lose the only advantage it has in the smartphone business now that Apple has larger phones in stores, including a phablet of its own.
Lee expects Apple to sell five times more iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units than Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 pair during the Christmas quarter. In the second quarter, Samsung had 63% of the smartphone market share in the region, 10 times higher than Apple’s 6% share.
Samsung has sold over 4.5 million Galaxy Note 4 units in its first month, according to recent figures, far from the rumored 15 million target for the period. Apple is rumored to have presold as many iPhone 6 Plus units in China only.