In what must definitely be a blow to Samsung’s ego, Korean carriers are reporting massive numbers of pre-orders for Apple’s new iPhones.
The US company’s new handsets, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, became available for pre-order on Friday, and according to a report from the Wall Street Journal the handsets were snapped up in mere minutes.
KT Corp, one of the country’s main carriers said that the two models together had gathered 10,000 orders in the first minute of availability with that number growing fivefold before the first half hour. Another carrier estimated receiving 20,000 orders in the first 20 minutes.
While the country’s largest carriers, SK Telecom Co explained they have already gone through the first and second batch of presale handsets, and were opening up the third round of orders.
Analysts estimate the new iPhones sold nearly 100,000 units, three times as many Galaxy Note 4s, which only managed to sell 30,000 in a similar period.
According to Counterpoint Research, Apple ranks 4th in Korea with only 6% marketshare, while Samsung dominates first place with 63%. However, Apple may start gaining shares if this opening weekend is any indication of the near future.
Apple’s iPhones will go on sale in physical stores starting October 31st.
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