The Galaxy S10 series could be a game changer for Samsung in China. According to Ice Universe, the company received twice as many Galaxy S10 pre-orders in two hours as it had received for the Galaxy S9 in 24 hours last year. Samsung opened up its latest flagships for pre-order in the Asian country on Thursday. The official release date of the devices is March 8.
Samsung has been seeing a decline in the global smartphone market share in the recent quarters, largely because of its failure in China and India, the two biggest smartphone markets in the world. The launch of the new Galaxy M series, as well as the revamped Galaxy A series, is expected to turn things around for the company in India.
Samsung looking to return strongly in China
Though Samsung remains the largest smartphone vendor in the world, it has struggled to make a dent in China, a market largely dominated by local brands. Samsung's share in the Far-Eastern country was a mere 0.8% in Q2 2018, giving it the 12th rank in the market. However, the new Galaxy S10 series might bring a change in fortune for the Korean giant.
The Galaxy S10 prices in China start at ¥4999 for the 6GB/128GB Galaxy S10e. The Galaxy S10 is available in two memory configurations, with the 8GB/128GB and the 8GB/512GB variants priced at ¥5999 and ¥7699 respectively. The Galaxy S10+, meanwhile, comes with a price tag of ¥6999, ¥8699 and ¥10999 for the 8GB/128GB, 8GB/512GB, and the 12GB/1TB variants, respectively.
All three Galaxy S10 models in China come equipped with the Snapdragon 855 SoC and not Samsung’s in-house Exynos 9820. Early buyers will also get a wireless charger as a gift from Samsung, and Chinese consumers may also be the only ones to be able to set custom hotwords for talking to Bixby.