The Galaxy Note 4 had a pretty big head start over the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in South Korea, but pre-orders for Apple’s newest smartphones may have already outpaced Samsung’s flagship phablet. South Korean Apple fans scooped up “tens of thousands” of pre-orders less than an hour after they went live on Friday, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus finally opened up last week, over a month after Samsung’s Note 4. In total, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders are expected to hit about 100,000, units while the Galaxy Note 4 pre-sale topped out at roughly 30,000 orders in South Korea.
Korean carrier KT Corp told WSJ it sold 10,000 iPhones in the first minute of orders and 50,000 in 30 minutes. Meanwhile, LG Uplus, a carrier operated by LG, reported 20,000 pre-orders in 20 minutes for its first iPhone launch. The country’s biggest carrier, SK Telecom, wouldn’t reveal specific sales numbers but confirmed the device quickly sold out.
It’s worth noting that Samsung still dominates in South Korea with 63 percent of the market compared to Apple’s six percent of smartphone sales. Apple’s recent decision to embrace larger screens also has analysts predicting the Galaxy-maker could be in real trouble, though we’re not ready to write Samsung off anytime soon.