updated 07:00 pm EDT, Mon May 2, 2011
Samsung Galaxy S II hits 200K pre-orders in Korea
Samsung claimed an at least initial win for the Galaxy S II. The company took over 200,000 pre-orders across all three major Korean carriers between Monday of last week and the launch on Friday. About 160,000 of those were at the country's largest carrier, SK Telecom.
The pre-orders cracked 10,000 units in the first 29 minutes and doubled that in just over an hour, at 64 minutes.
Samsung's results blew past iPhone 4 pre-orders last August and set a relatively high but potentially surmountable barrier for Apple. The American firm took just over half as many pre-orders last year, but it also had just KT as its only carrier and only added SK Telecom as a carrier in March. Apple has yet to launch any iPhone on more than one Korean carrier at the same time.
Samsung's long-term, worldwide ambitions for the Galaxy S II are relatively modest. It plans to sell 10 million of the phones in all of 2011, or the same as it sold of the original last year. A wider range of Android phones should still lead to larger results, but its caution suggests it doesn't necessarily expect to beat other Android makers. Apple already shipped 18.65 million iPhones just in the winter.