How fast is the iPhone 4S selling out? Try just 10 minutes in Hong Kong. PCMag.com reports that according to Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White, "Our checks indicate that pre-orders in Hong Kong were sold out within ten minutes after becoming available." Pre-orders for Apple's latest smartphone went live in Hong Kong and a number of other countries around the world on November 4. Officially the iPhone 4S goes on sale in Hong Kong on Friday.
This early sales success in Hong Kong bodes well for sales of Apple's smartphone in other parts of Asia. White claims, "We believe this rapid sell out will rest concerns surrounding the uptake of the iPhone 4S in the Greater China region that were driven by the limited language capability of Siri, which did not launch in Mandarin or Cantonese." Apple has yet to announced a release date for the iPhone 4S in China, although White expects that to happen sometime in December.
There doesn't seem to be much to stop the iPhone 4S from being a massive hit in all parts of the globe at this stage. Reports indicate that demand is still exceeding supply close to a month after the iPhone 4S went on sale here in the US. That's not bad at all, especially considering that the early reviews of the smartphone were not totally stellar.
It seems that the ordinary consumer doesn't seem to care much that the case design for the iPhone 4S hasn't changed at all or that it still has 512 MB of RAM when we see other smartphones being sold with 1 GB of memory. No LTE support? No problem, according to Apple fans. All in all, this shows that lots of people like the Apple ecosystem and are willing to jump in even as other smartphones might have better hardware features.