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Galaxy S9 pre-orders reportedly not exceeding expectations just yet

It has been a few days since Samsung started taking Galaxy S9 pre-orders and while the company expects the handset to outsell its predecessor, a report out of South Korea claims that the pre-orders have yet to exceed expectations. It adds that the Galaxy S9 pre-orders are largely similar or even slightly lower than that of the Galaxy S8.

Galaxy S9 pre-orders

Citing industry sources, the report claims that pre-orders for Samsung’s new flagship smartphone are about the same as its predecessor or slightly lower. An unnamed Samsung official quoted in the report says that “We believe that the preorders for the Galaxy S9 are similar to that of the Galaxy S8.”

The official adds that the pre-order figure could be lower as it only started receiving pre-orders two days after the handset was unveiled in Barcelona last month whereas it waited eight days after unveiling the Galaxy S8 last year to open pre-orders.

“Customers may be finding the Galaxy S9 not much different from other smartphones,” says an insider from a local mobile carrier who also mentioned that the popularity and interest from customers in the new flagship is not as high as it was for the Galaxy S8.

That’s not surprising given that the Galaxy S9 is more of an evolutionary upgrade rather than a revolutionary one. The first Galaxy S9+ review posted online by a lucky pre-order customer who already received his unit also contained observations along the same lines.

Samsung is yet to release the official pre-order figures for the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+. The company has said, though, that it expects the Galaxy S9 to perform better in the market compared to the Galaxy S8. Whether or not that turns out to be true remains to be seen. Samsung has set up Galaxy S9 promotion centers across South Korea which have attracted more than 1.6 million visitors so far in less than a week.

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djares21
djares21

the price its to big ! sorry !!

DexterHagler
DexterHagler

Just got my Galaxy S9 from Vodacom South-Africa.
(07 March 2018)
Not a big upgrade from my S8, but awesome phone.
Included R3 000.00 ($250) worth of freebies from Samsung.

siphyn
siphyn

It needs more internal storage. 64GB in 2018 isn’t acceptable anymore.

Horus Osiris
Horus Osiris

Lol yeah right, I think you need 1TB in your phone hahaha

sorinel999
sorinel999

Give me some good freebies for preordering and I will buy one.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

No incentive to upgrade to the s9 from an s8 and s7 especially for that price and still only retain 4gb ram and single lens camera. Plus the extra thickness, width and weight makes it horrible in the hand compare to an s8. Forget about the plus size that is too big and even more heavy! Plus speadwise is not noticeable and camera is yet to be.seen but from my play time. I m not impressed I’ll wait for a better phone before considering shelling out up to 1k. Hope they don’t ruin the S10 like the did the s9… Read more »

zlatan09
zlatan09

They are like Apple, higher price, faster CPU, a little better camera and that’s a new phone. There is no inovation anymore. Today we have fantastic phones under 300$ so people don’t need flagships anymore in real world usage.

stondec
stondec

What were they expecting… I’m surprised pre-orders are similar. I was expecting a 50% fall in sales.

I spent some time with the S9 Plus and it’s almost exactly the same as the S8. If you have a functioning S8 I absolutely see no reason for upgrading to the S9 Plus (you shouldn’t even consider the S9).

Tantrum829
Tantrum829

No motivation to upgrade from an S8 to an S9 given the very few difirences in hardware and design. It’s really not much of an upgrade. Samsung has also left a bad taste in my mouth with the slow firmware updates. I understand they have a large portfolio of devices but a company as large as samsung has no excuse to not provide timely updates to its flagships. On top of that they are always so hush hush when people want answers about updates. They should be more transparent and open to its customers who spend close to a thousand… Read more »

Acorns
Acorns

Why would they really expect it to be more than last year? Over saturated market and people downgrading to SIM only and hanging on longer to their older phones.

robahoy
robahoy

I’m tempted by s9 plus.. but the early reviews of camera look same or worse that note 8….

MStuart
MStuart

Unless you need a new phone right now… no point in preordering when this will be discounted in just a few months. Being virtually identical to the S8 it’s hard to see this phone selling that well.

antonmassoud
antonmassoud

Why? Do people care about the design the most? And is the design of the S8 bad to say that?

RoadRunner99
RoadRunner99

Given the effort phone manufacturers put into making their designs shiny, I’d definitely think so. And it’s not about the phone’s design being bad or not, it’s about the need (or lack thereof in this case) of getting a new phone when their current one still works and does the job.

robahoy
robahoy

I agree.. screen is important… resistance to dropping and software…it’s put in a case so you see the screen.

_alex_
_alex_

all good points are already written above, i have S8 and i feel no need to upgrade to S9, and i feel nearly all S8 will do the same, in italy costs 100 euros more than S8, no sense to look at S9+ as if i choosed S8 its because its dimensions, S9 is high end model so is expected to be the same except dimensions….. is S10 will be the same i will not switch samsung again. S8 has attracted S7 users too and convinced them, what now attract me as S9 have only camera differnt????? S8 has already… Read more »

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

Not surprisingly. I do struggle to understand the point of releasing the S9 with just 4GB of RAM and single lense camera. I would have just released the S9+ variant with 6inch so it would be the only focus of attention and future updates.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

They should have released the s9 with 6gb ram and dual lens as this size phone is preferred by a lot of users.

I can see Samsung game to target s6 or s7 users with the lower spec to same money and make profit margins bigger.

Also they need to keep something back for the S10 model as they will run out of ideas.

antonmassoud
antonmassoud

Not everyone uses their phone that much to benefit from 6 GB ram, not to mention you don’t actually need that much for a smartphone

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I agree but it would have been better to put 6GB on the S9 because if we follow the logic that that amount of RAM is not necessary why put it on the S9 plus then?
The S9 should have had exactly the same features in a smaller form factor or just release one variant with S9+ features but 6 inches or even with 5.8 inch which is still a big screen.

robahoy
robahoy

I think an s9 with duel camera and an s9 plus with screen which works with s pen like the tab s3

61530041
61530041

Nobody will buy your product again samsung
Since customer have seen howe you are treating s8 and note 8 user with your grappy software update
Its the 6th of MARCH and still nothing!

donse11
donse11

Still stuck on the Oreo beta in the UK, for 5 months!!! I hope everyone is learning by this given the slow uptake in sales.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Yeah, I am not making this same mistake twice, not joining the beta next year

steve1867
steve1867

Nope me neither. Give them help and they give the results to others first

Bigsmoke79
Bigsmoke79

And this is a surprise why? it’s not much of a upgrade from the s8 and it’s more expensive infact too expensive giving how cheap you can pick up the S8 which is practically the same phone.

Gonna learn the hard way there’s only so much people will pay for phones with a minimal upgrade just ask Apple.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Its actually cheaper in many cases from the launch of the S8s last year

gtone339
gtone339

No it’s not! The S9 is $100 more than the S8’s launch price!

Gosh, so expensive!

kumarabhishek591
kumarabhishek591

Here in India it is 100$ cheaper than s8 🙂

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I said ‘many cases’ not all. India, UK and others. the launch of the S8s is the same price or more than the release price of the S9s