Samsung’s carrier and retail partners across the globe started taking Galaxy Note 9 pre-orders last week. It was expected that initial sales of the handset might outperform the Galaxy S9, Samsung’s first flagship smartphone of the year. That appears to be the case if a new report out of South Korea is to be believed.
Galaxy Note 9 pre-orders
Even though Samsung said that the Galaxy S9 would outperform sales of the Galaxy S8 it didn’t actually happen. It was reported multiple times over the past few months that the new flagship’s sales were lagging behind its predecessor.
South Koreans were particularly not that enthused about the new flagship due to its lack of substantial upgrades. Samsung did acknowledge in its recent quarterly earnings report that the mobile division’s revenues took a hit due to soft sales of the Galaxy S9.
On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 9 delivers significant improvements compared to its predecessor. Its new features include a massive 4,000mAh battery, 512GB internal storage option and a new Bluetooth-equipped S Pen, among others.
Citing a source from a local mobile carrier, Korean media reports that the Galaxy Note 9 has seen more pre-order sales compared to the Galaxy S9. “The number of preorders for the Galaxy Note 9 is roughly 30 to 50 percent higher than the Galaxy S9,” said the carrier representative.
Despite the strong numbers, the Galaxy Note 9 pre-orders are said to match almost 80 percent of the pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 8 last year. That device was highly anticipated by the Galaxy Note faithful as the Galaxy Note 7 debacle forced the company to skip a generation.
The Galaxy Note 9 pre-orders will end today in South Korea as carriers gear up to ship the devices to customers on August 24. That’s also when it will be available in stores not only in Samsung’s home country but in key markets across the globe as well.