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Samsung takes 200K Galaxy S II pre-orders, passes iPhone 4

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.

By Electronista Staff


  1. prl99

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    Joined: Mar 2009


    photo of iPhones???

    They look just like an iPhone, surprise, surprise.

    Comment buried. Show
  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    Joined: Apr 2011


    Yeah; But...

    It's rectangular, black, with colorful icons.
    Guess which one's antenna works for something other than tracking!

  1. Cronocide

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    Joined: Nov 2010


    Is it a tablet, a phone,

    or a really blatant knockoff?

  1. slapppy

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    Why would anyone believe these yoyo's anyway. They say so much BS the last year its hard to believe anything they say. The only thing consistent is that they copy Apple consistently.

  1. SockRolid

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    Good for Samsung.

    The better they do, the worse the other running dog droid makers do. It is, literally, a dog eat dog world amongst the droid makers.

  1. LenE

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    Ah nationalism...

    There is nothing wrong with nationalism, but it should be put into proper perspective. The South Korean home team is really just five mega-conglomerates. Their whole economy revolves around them, and so what is good for any of them is good for the country. As such, there is a huge hurdle for non-Korean companies to compete in this market. In this light, Apple is doing awesome!

    For the uninitiated, the big-5 in Korea are:
    * LG
    * Samsung
    * Hyundai
    * Daewoo
    * Hanjin

    Apple has component deals with both LG and Samsung, and competes with both on finished products. Putting the logo of either LG or Samsung on a product is like painting "Made in America" on a product sold at Walmart. "Designed in California" but "Made in China" does not have the same affect.

    -- Len

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009


    I don't know about

    the rest of you homos but those Korean hotties have my attention! .... What are they selling again??

  1. JohnFromBeyond

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    I'm buying it

    Whatever those ladies are selling, I'm buying!

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