Samsung’s plastic, 32-bit Galaxy S5 flops in Korea

“It was found that ‘Galaxy S5,’ Samsung Electronics’ flagship smartphone, was sold by around 38,000 in a week since its launch,” etnews reports. “This means that only 5,500 were sold on an average a day, which falls short of the initially estimated 7,000.”

“According to a market surveyor, Galaxy S5 was sold in a smaller quantity than Galaxy Note 3, which had been released seven months ago,” etnews reports. “It is very much unprecedented for a flagship smartphone model to be sold in a smaller quantity than an old model during the initial phase of its release.”

MacDailyNews Take: This is likely because it’s a piece of plastic garbage.

“As Galaxy S5’s sales performance is slower than expected, it affects the factory prices of old smartphone models including Galaxy S4. As of the 9th, the factory price of Galaxy S4 (LTE 48-Q) is KRW 954,800, which is the same as before. Samsung Electronics has lowered the factory price of Galaxy S3 twice before the release of Galaxy S4 and once after,” etnews reports. “‘The attention to Galaxy S5 is bound to do down if the factory price of Galaxy S4 (KRW 954,800) is decreased to be lower than that of Galaxy S5 (KRW 866,800),’ said a communications industry insider. ‘It would be difficult to adjust the prices as the lowering of S4’s factory price will also inevitably affect the factory price of Galaxy Note 3, a popular model.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Gee, that’s too bad. 🙂

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Karma.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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    1. The real question is, are we talking about the real sales or the “reported” sales? The old number, was it adjusted to real sales or the puffed up reported numbers? Samsung is doing so well they are using the RIMM market share push of “Buy 1 get 1 FREE”.

      I don’t believe or trust anything reported “from” Samsung. Real world. Do you see 1 out of 2 non-Apple iOS devices? Ok, how about 1 out of 4 non-Apple iOS devices? No, how about 1 out of 10 non-Apple iOS devices?

      Use your eyes. Look up and see reality all around you. That is where the truth is.

  1. When did plastic become such a point of reference for MDN? Nothing wrong with plastic and MDN please pay attention to evolution as plastic is a step toward from metal. Old cars used to have metal everything and today good luck finding metal in any car including luxury brands. Get a freakin life MDN!

    1. Get a freakin’ clue yourself. The greater majority of cars, INCLUDING luxury brands, are constructed from metal using a monocoque construction.
      I guess you’ve never, ever heard of Bentley, Rolls Royce, Mercedes, Audi, Aston Martin, Porsche, Range Rover, Maserati, Ferrari, Cadillac…
      Steel, Aluminium, Glass…
      Plastic in car construction is limited to interiors, reinforced composite materials, carbon and glass-fibre, are only used in short-run sports cars.
      Get a freakin’ education.

        1. I don’t think you used those quotation marks correctly. You may have meant “inside a car” but you typed “in a car”. Given the current state of manufacturing jargon, you could easily have been misunderstood. The word “in” is often taken to mean an ingredient or component such as “there is too much sugar in my cofffee”. The sugar is no more inside the coffee than is the water or the coffee itself. It’s all just “in”.

          What you meant sounds right. What you typed sounds wrong.

    1. Yeah, I noticed that, too. Great way to pump up those market share numbers. How long before we start seeing bullsh*t articles about how the iPhone just can’t compete with the sales of the Galaxy S5?


  2. that’s why they were advertising Buy One Get One in the US market even before availability! Now why doesn’t the NYT pick this up with a the headline – Samsung’s Next Big Thing is a Turd! They are off 21% to their forecasts!! – please keep a day open for moving some inventory in the near future.

  3. Not all Android users share the same experience!

    But listen to anyone using Android and they would have you believe they’re benefiting from the latest and greatest smartphone experience as the next person, even better than iPhone users.

    But how can that be true, especially if you use a Samsung product? They don’t make the Android OS, they just slap their proprietary UI over the top of it. Some would argue Samsung’s version of Android is a degraded experience compared to Google’s version.

    Every phone maker and carrier produce their own version of Android. So if the majority of smartphone users on the Android platform are Samsung customers, then how could their experience be better than Google’s most recent release of Android?

    Samsung has revealed they’re woefully behind the power curve of getting upgrades to their consumers due to a fractured platform and too many SKU’s.

  4. It launched here in the UK on Thursday last week. A Samsung store (I didn’t even know such things existed, but it looks surprisingly like an Apple Store) opened round my way very recently, and I walked past it on Wednesday, the day before the launch, and there was a grand total of three customers inside. Fair enough I guess, I thought – the thing hasn’t launched yet (even though the idea of only three customers in an Apple Store at any time is utterly ludicrous) .

    Today, just four days after launch, I walked past again. Surely it would be busier this time, I thought, just days after the launch of their fantastic, brand new, flagship smartphone. I counted again – this time, there were two customers, and they were a couple that were together. Allow that to sink in for a minute. Just two. People.


  5. But how could it flop? It’s BIGGER! According to MDN and the geek-press, people just can’t wait for bigger phones! … That look stupid and need two hands to use. 😉


  6. Mother buys daughter a Samsung (Galaxy?) tablet to go with her Galaxy phone, thinking the daughter would get the same benefits as she did when she added an iPad to her iPhone. Not so! The daughter took it back to John Lewis (big store in the UK) and swapped it for some other Samsung tablet device. When this disappointed too, the daughter immediately took it back and bought a MacBook air. Apparently she is happy as a sandboy(girl?) now.

    This mother and the girl’s father are good friend’s of mine, but have resisted buying an Apple desktop and laptop for years. Yesterday they decided that the Apple ecosystem is just too strong and the product quality just too attractive, and are getting an iMac. They were also nudged in this direction by Microsoft ceasing support for XP.

    Now that’s a halo effect!

  7. Time for a BOGO deal to make sales look good. I wonder how many of their phones sit in drawers unused because someone got a second phone via a BOGO deal? It must of been funny when they tried giving it to one of their kids, and the kid preferred to continue using their two year old iPhone. Cheap plastic, pfft!

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