Samsung Galaxy S5 sales said to be ‘robust’ in South Korea
Samsung might not have been keen on South Korean carriers launching the Galaxy S5 earlier than planned in face of an upcoming sales ban, but it looks early sales of the device could make the Korean manufacturer warm up to the unexpected launch. According to Yonhap, sales of the Galaxy S5 have been “robust”, with the handset averaging 7,000 units per day. That’s not as high as the 8,000 per day figure for the Galaxy S4, but that is to be expected as the Galaxy S5 is widely available only on one of the country’s three major carriers, and isn’t subsidized either, selling for a price of 866,800 ($820).
The Galaxy S5 went on sale in Korea on Friday, two weeks ahead of the global launch date of April 11, as carriers scrambled to sell some units before a government-imposed ban on smartphone sales kicks in. But given the high interest in the device despite its off-contract price and limited availability, it’s perhaps a good thing for Samsung, so we shouldn’t see anyone complaining in the long run.