The Galaxy S21 are very successful in South Korea. In its homeland, Samsung is seeing pre-orders up 15-20% compared to the Galaxy S20s launched last year. The demand for smartphones not linked to an operator has even tripled compared to 2020.
Launched in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, and during the first containment measures, the Galaxy S20, S20 + and S20 Ultra did not meet the expected success. In South Korea, Samsung reportedly noticed a 30% drop in sales of the S20% compared to the S10 +. Under these conditions, the smartphone leader failed to meet its sales targets. Same story with the Galaxy Note 20, largely shunned by consumers.
In order to give a boost to the results of its mobile division, Samsung has decided to rush the launch of its next flagships. The Seoul giant thus presented the Galaxy S21 in January, a first. Already available for pre-order, Samsung’s new smartphones are clearly enjoying success in the South Korean market.
S21 will sell worse than S10, Counterpoint says
According to information relayed by the Korea Herald, a South Korean media outlet, Samsung is recording 15 to 20% higher pre-orders for S21s compared to S20. Citing sources close to the industry, the brand notes a strong demand on the side of naked smartphones (not linked to a mobile subscription). Compared to last year, demand would have simply tripled. In 2020, S20s not linked to a mobile plan still only accounted for 10% of total sales. This year, this rate climbs to 30%. On the other hand, the demand recorded among telecommunications operators remains stable.
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Finally, it seems that the Galaxy S21 Ultra is the most popular with buyers in South Korea. More upscale, the smartphone has no shortage of assets: 108 megapixel photo sensor, 5000 mAh battery and compatibility with the Note’s S-Pen stylus. Despite the excellent pre-order figures, Counterpoint analysts say the Galaxy S21 will never be as successful as the S10, the flagship flagships of 2019. The analyst firm expects sales 30% lower than the S10.
Source: Korea Herald