Apple iPhone 4 Outsold by Samsung Galaxy S II in Korea
Samsung's new bully in the market, the Galaxy S II, has reportedly outshone and outsold Apple's magical iPhone 4 in the land of the Koreans.
Electronista reports that the Galaxy S II has sold over 200,000 pre-orders between Monday of last week and the phone's release on Friday—double than what Apple could muster when the iPhone 4 was available for pre-order in Korea last August. While that’s a lot more than what the iPhone 4 managed, it’s worth noting that Samsung’s handset had the benefit of being on multiple carriers across Korea, whereas Apple’s offering was only available on one with another coming online later.
Whether these numbers actually reflect the success of any smartphone over the other could only be an amateurish wild guess for now. To see the true picture, we'll have to wait for some time and then compare the sales figures of the two over the coming months.
It will also be interesting to see where does the Galaxy S II vs iPhone 4 war stand in the battle between Samsung and Apple that went legal a couple of weeks ago.
Samsung's huge success in Korea can be attributed to the huge advantage enjoyed by it, as compared to Apple's beaten prodigy—Samsung is a Korean company so it has the obvious home field advantage.
The S II's U.S. arrival could level the playing field and depict a true picture of this intense rivalry, but then the S II's U.S. arrival has already been delayed several times after it was originally slated to launch March 2011, and there's still no word on when it will launch in the States. Some reports even claim we may not see Samsung's hottest Android phone until at least the end of summer.
Anyway, if the sales in Korea are anything to go by, the S II could be a strong challenger on the iPhone's home turf too.
QUESTION: Do you think the Samsung Galaxy S II is better than the Apple iPhone 4?