Report: Initial Galaxy S9 Pre-Orders Lower Than Expected

According to a new report, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus pre-orders are below expectations. Samsung had introduced its new flagships, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on February 25, and the company started taking pre-orders for the two phones in its homeland yesterday. Now, industry watchers are claiming that pre-order for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, in the first 6 hours did not reach those of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Do keep in mind this is not an official piece of info or anything of the sort.

Furthermore, the report says that an employee of a local carrier said that many customers are asking about the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, and those pre-order numbers seem to be ‘a tad smaller’ than last year. Now, in addition to talking about the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, this report also says that the LG V30S ThinQ received a rather small reception in South Korea, so that is quite probably below expectations too. It is worth noting that this info is based on the first six hours of pre-orders only, and pre-order numbers don’t seem to be that much smaller. It remains to be seen what will happen in the coming days, as Samsung is almost certainly putting a lot of money towards advertising the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus in South Korea. Samsung actually expects the Galaxy S9 lineup to outsell the Galaxy S8 lineup, but that’s something that the company expects every year when they introduce a new flagship, so it’s not surprising at all.

It is worth noting that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are available for pre-order in a number of other markets as well, including the US, UK, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. These two handsets will go on sale starting on March 16, so we’re still two weeks away from it, there’s still plenty of time for consumers to pre-order one of the two phones. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are essentially refinements of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus as far as the design is concerned. A fingerprint scanner is now placed in a much more convenient spot, while the two phones are still made out of metal and glass. The company had introduced two SoC variants of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, the Exynos 9810 and Snapdragon 845 models. The Galaxy S9 comes with 4GB of RAM and a single rear-facing camera, while the Galaxy S9 Plus sports 6GB of RAM and two rear-facing snappers, so there’s more differentiating the two, compared to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, which sported the same amount of RAM, and identical camera setups.

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