Korean Demand for iPhone 6 Surpasses That of Galaxy Note 4


The iPhone could dominate Samsung in its homeland; at least this is what the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders suggest. In less than an hour, demand for Apple’s latest iPhones outpaced that for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launched in September (via the Wall Street Journal).

IPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Three of Korea’s biggest carriers took tens of thousands of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders in less than 60 minutes. Actually, the demand was so high that KT, for example, received 10,000 pre-orders in the first minute of taking orders, and it topped 50,000 orders in thirty minutes.
Another player, LG Uplus, says it received 20,000 orders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus combined in 20 minutes. That’s 1,000 per minute, or (roughly) 17 iPhones per second.

“But with Apple piggybacking on Samsung’s large-screen strategy, there are concerns that Samsung will lose its only advantage, which has been its large screen sizes,” said Lee Seung-woo, an analyst with IBK Securities in Seoul.

SK Telecom, didn’t disclose specific figures, but says that the “first and second batch of presale orders” for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been fully booked. But this didn’t stop the carrier opening up its third round this morning.

If we can believe the analysts, total pre-orders topped 100,000 units, compared to 30,000 for the Galaxy Note 4 within a similar time frame.

Looking at the Korean market, we find that Apple’s market share was at 6% in the second quarter, well behind Samsung’s 63%.


  • This news is pure joy on this Monday morning 🙂

  • Ahmed Hakim

    just another lie

  • Andrew

    I have a lot of Korean friends and know for a fact that they will support their own country brand more than anything else. Even if they are millionaires or billionaires, they rather drive Korean made brand cars than Mercedes or BMW. They are that loyal to their country. So Apple won’t stand a chance in Korea compare to Samsung.