While preorders for Apple’s iPhone 8 in China reached over 4 million, Samsung’s Note 8 barely broke 20,000

“According to a new report posted by a Korean news site today, Samsung Electronics is seeking to win back the Chinese smartphone market with the Galaxy Note 8,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple,” [but] preorders for the new Note 8 pale in comparison to those for Apple’s new iPhone 8. ”

“Preorders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 reached 8,310 and 5,292, respectively, at JD.COM and Alibaba’s Tmall, the two largest online retail marketplaces in China, as of 2:40pm on September 19,” Purcher reports. “Considering preorders through Samsung Electronics’ official websites and stores, the figure is estimated at over 20,000.”

Purcher reports that Chinese IT news outlet reported, “The iPhone 8 received more than 4 million preorders but the Samsung Note 8 received only thousands of preorders.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Likely, this is because Chinese consumers have realized that if it’s from a South Korean dishwasher maker, it’s not an Apple iPhone.

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


  1. Here why,

    Negative Chinese Mass Media Coverage of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
    Samsung Electronics is seeking to win back the Chinese smartphone market with the Galaxy Note 8. The company plans to regain the trust of consumers that was battered by the Galaxy Note 7 battery fires and overcome China’s retaliation against South Korean companies over the deployment of the U.S.
    However, consumers are required to deposit 100 yuan (US$15 or 17,179 won) to put in a preorder for the Galaxy Note 8 in China. It means that a preorder is highly likely to lead to an actual purchase. A Samsung Electronics official said, “We have introduced the deposit system for preorder in China in order to increase the likelihood of an actual purchase. Preorders of the Galaxy Note 8 are higher than the previous model.” There is no need to deposit money to place a preorder for the iPhone 8.
    According to market analysis firm Counterpoint Research, Samsung Electronics’ share in the Chinese market dropped to 3 percent in second quarter of this year from 7 percent a year ago.

  2. In 3q of 16, Greater China Accounted for about 21% of all iPhones sold. If the 4m number is right: it suggests that Apple sold 20 million iPhones preorder weekend. That would be awesome. But surely the estimate is too high.

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