Well that was fast. Having not long been listed, pre-order stock for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has already sold out on all major carriers in South Korea.
South Korea’s three largest carriers, LG Uplus, KT, and SK Telecom, had initially planned to leave the device up for pre-order between the 18th and 25th of September, but had to cut orders short after high levels of demand.
Filling all the pre-orders took just three business days, with each carrier pre-selling around 10,000 units each. But SK Telecom, Korea’s largest carrier which has just over half of all customers on its network, managed to sell all of its available pre-order stock within just 9 hours.
Whilst the Galaxy Note 4 was always going to sell well in South Korea, Samsung has tried to make this year’s launch even more tempting. Firstly, Samsung bumped up the launch date of the Note 4 to September 26th with a press conference to be held on September 24th, perhaps in response to Apple’s iPhone 6 launch. Secondly, the price for the Galaxy Note 4 is cheaper, at least in Korea, than the Note 3 was at launch. The handsets costs 957,000 Korean Won ($920), compared with 1,067,000 Won ($1,025) for the Note 3.
This is no doubt welcome news to Korean carriers, as well as Samsung itself. Especially after the decline in Korean handset sales due to local subsidy regulations, which places a cap on subsidy rates, and Samsung’s recent financial worries.
The Galaxy Note 4 looks to be off to a great start, but do you think that the smartphone is worthy of its early pre-order success?