Everyone expected the Galaxy S5 to be the phone of the summer, but it looks like the LG G3 may be outpacing Samsung’s latest flagship handset when it comes to early sales. According to Korean site ETNews, LG is beating Samsung by a ratio of about 3-to-1 units sold in the first few days of availability for each smartphone.
LG is apparently selling approximately 25,000 to 30,000 G3 units per day in South Korea compared to just 7,000 to 8,000 units sold for the S5 in the first few days after it launched in the country. ETNews cites unnamed industry sources in its report, so we’re not sure if these figures are totally accurate.
When it comes to hardware the G3’s quad HD 5.5-inch display outranks the 5-inch 1080p Galaxy S5. Side-by-side it’s tough to actually tell the difference between the pixel resolution of the two screens, but for spec-minded consumers this could be a deciding factor. LG’s new phone is also bigger than Samsung’s flagship handset, though the G3 still manages to offer a significantly larger display without increasing the phone’s actual size by very much.
It’s also worth noting that LG’s marketing budget is a lot smaller than Samsung’s, which makes today’s report even more surprising. It will be interesting to see whether the LG G3 can keep this momentum going as it launches around the world, especially in a market such as the U.S. where the company isn’t particularly well know for its line of smartphones.