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Galaxy S9 sales reportedly hit record lows in South Korea

Samsung expects Galaxy S9 sales to outperform the Galaxy S8 but it seems that its home country of South Korea might not help it that much in achieving this aim. A new report out of the country claims that Galaxy S9 sales in South Korea have plunged to record-low levels compared to its predecessor. The report is based on industry data received by ET News.

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Sales figures from South Korea’s top three mobile carriers – SK Telecom, LG Uplus and KT – reveal that the Galaxy S9 sold more than 707,000 units over the past two months. Samsung released the handset in March. This is said to be the lowest-ever figure for a flagship Galaxy S handset.

That’s a considerable decline compared to the almost 1 million units that the Galaxy S8 sold in South Korea in the same period after its launch. Galaxy S9 sales were reportedly cut in half this month as only 231,000 units were sold compared to 476,000 units in March.

This isn’t the first time that we’re hearing about the Galaxy S9 proving to be a tough sell in South Korea. It was reported not too long after the handset was released that South Koreans don’t seem to be that interested in the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ as they’re not significantly different from their predecessors. The report also mentioned that it was actually the Galaxy A8 (2018) that was Samsung’s best-selling smartphone in its home country currently.

Industry watchers cited in this latest report also point toward the lack of significant changes as one of the main factors behind sluggish sales of Samsung’s new flagship smartphone. The high price is said to be another factor.

Perhaps Samsung can find solace in the fact that the iPhone X has not been doing any well either. The report claims that sales of Apple’s flagship handset are at record lows as well. The iPhone X has reportedly sold only 475,000 units in South Korea since its November 2017 launch. They’re also said to be the lowest-ever figures for a new flagship iPhone launch in South Korea.

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gudodayn
gudodayn

Same goes for Note 9, if it’s just gonna be a tweaked S9/ S9+ with the same chipset and hardware ….. expect a record low for Note 9 as well!!!

mirrordemon92
mirrordemon92

To be honest Samsung, the S9 should have been the S8. There was little to no change in the S8 from the S7 save for the screen and chipset.

preime101
preime101

I am surprised it is even selling that well. The S9 & S9+ are outstanding devices but there is little compelling reason to upgrade from the S8 and to some degree the S7.

altheam
altheam

I’ve got the S7 G930FD and have never been so uncompelled to upgrade before (which I’m glad actually). Just need to survive for a few more months till I can recontract, get the newest iPhone on contract, and sell it off for the Pixel 3 (XL).

jamil19
jamil19

Make the ui more laggy, stuttery and the firmware more ram & power hungry then your sale might increase lol

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I just hope the poor sales doesn’t mislead Samsung into thinking that sales could be better by removing the headphone jack or putting an ugly and unnecessary notch in future phones because it’s certainly going to flop even more.

RoadRunner99
RoadRunner99

Yup. Companies do silly stuff when sales are not as good as they’d like and go into panic mode.

warlockba
warlockba

Yup, that is how the current glass slabs were born … back in the day, they had the market but it was saturated. So in order to increase sales, a new thing had to be made, which lasts less and is hard to repair / maintain, so people need to buy a new one every year. Over the last 4 iterations they again made the phones more stable, so again they last too long on the market. A new change has to come to break the phones again … 🙂

SenorSjon
SenorSjon

They tried that with the Note 7 but it literally backfired.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

I don’t think the escape from the notch would be possible and in 2019 every phone will have a notch screen. look at the P20, OnePlusT6, LG 7 and even google is upgrading andriod p to include notch support. its the future and unfortunately like it or not it seems to be the way forward. The leaked patent notch design for an samsung phone that has been floating around recently doesn’t look too bad. As long as them keeping the compact model with bigger screen and same high spec as the plus then I will be happy to buy the… Read more »

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I still don’t see the purpose of the notch. I don’t even care if Samsung decides to keep a thin chin and forehead. I’m absolutely fine with the top and bottom bezel of my Note 8 I don’t need them any thinner. I would prefer the phone to be wider at least the Note and yes with a bigger battery of no less than 4000mAh don’t mind if it’s thicker.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

For the note I m sure people don’t mind it being bigger.

For someone who wants to have a compact phone the idea is to keep it compact but keep the flagship specs not the inferior crap in the s9

altheam
altheam

Notch support is a means to end for screen tech at the moment and it’s just another option for phone manufacturers if they choose to go that route.

SenorSjon
SenorSjon

Just make the Note 4 with new SD845, 6-GB ram and 128 GB internal. And a big battery to booth.

They should even think of making the N9 in 2:3 screensize. More width to scribble down and less need to use it in portrait (with 18:9 mode, portrait is next to useless).

Ogishi
Ogishi

An inevitable result in Android economy

RoadRunner99
RoadRunner99

Good. Phone prices are ridiculous these days. This bubble needs to burst.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Not surprising at all! I preditected it would flop when they announced the specs especially given it’s not much of an upgrade from the s8. The compact model being the biggest let down and let’s not forget about the crazy high prices.

This is coming from a big Samsung fan who has upgraded eveey year since the S2 with exception of the s5 (which was crap).

Hope they learn their lesson for the s10 and that they can not do an apple. Make the compact version have great tech as the plus model and don’t make them fat or thicker!

ASH8
ASH8

S5 was crap, that is why is is still the largest selling Samsung phone ever and has more usable features than any other phone, and you can drop it without it breaking, and still more S5s working than any other model, the S6 onward is crap, and the S8 and 9 is just ridiculously priced, no wonder it does not sell.
Samsung has forgotten what these devises are for.

ASH8
ASH8

Just remember S8 and 9 owners are paying for the massive S7 Battery recall, Samsung had to recoup losses somehow.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

The s4 is the best selling galaxy device world wide I think

Horus Osiris
Horus Osiris

Yep S5 was crap, cheap plastic, that’s way Alpha was born