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Early Samsung Galaxy S5 sales are 'sound' but less than Galaxy S4

South Korea's carrier suspensions likely to blame
Wed Apr 02 2014, 12:56

THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 has gotten off to a "robust" start in Samsung's home country of South Korea, although sales have failed to match those of the Galaxy S4.

The Yonhap news agency reported on the sales, and claimed that local sales of the Samsung Galaxy S5 are so far "sound", coming in at around 7,000 units sold each day.

While this sounds promising, the Korean news site noted that the Galaxy S5's predecessor - the Samsung Galaxy S4 - sold better, shifting 8,000 units per day at launch. What's more, the LTE-A version of the Galaxy S4 saw sales of 10,000 units per day.

Samsung Galaxy S5 with Android 4.4 Kitkat in gold

However, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has suffered from a disadvantage. At the time of the smartphone's launch in Korea, mobile carriers in the country saw sales suspensions, which meant operators' were banned from signing up new subscribers for paying illegal subsidies to lure clients. This meant that when the Galaxy S5 went on sale only one major network was in full operation, which has led industry watchers to brand early sales of the smartphone as "remarkable".

These "remarkable" sales have also been credited to the Galaxy S5's price, with the handset going on sale priced at 866,800 won, or $820, lower than the Galaxy S4's initial price of 899,000 won.

Of course it remains to be seen how well the Samsung Galaxy S5 will sell globally, with the smartphone set to launch in the UK and US next week on 11 April, despite speculation that it has faced delays.

Check out our roundup of Samsung Galaxy S5 release date, price and availability details. µ


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