Over 100,000 iPhone 7 sales in Korea on Friday, LG V20 up 20 percent in a month
As Apple spreads its iPhone 7 release across waves, one of the latest countries to catch it is responding to it quite nicely. And while one chaebol lost its footing this season, another has taken advantage of the misstep.
All of that is reflected in sales numbers as reported by The Korea Herald. Financial analysts estimate 100,000 iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus units were sold on Friday, the first day of availability. More than 300,000 orders are in backlog. And that’s all in addition to LG’s progress with its V20. Since its debut on September 29, daily sales have improved 20 percent to about 5,000 units as of recent.
These two phones may impact Samsung further down the line as the company attempts to convince as many as 450,000 Galaxy Note 7 owners to adhere to a total recall order. Both the V20 and the Note 7 are top-end phones that have 5.7-inch quad HD screens and extra productivity features like split-screen multitasking. While the draw of the iPhone 7 is a little more fuzzy, it is believed that Samsung will find it hard winning those customers back from Apple’s tightly-knit ecosystem.
Samsung has been giving out vouchers and cellular service bill credits to customers affected by the Note 7 battery explosion fiasco along with compensation devices. Local press is reporting that Samsung may allow Note 7 customers to upgrade to the Galaxy S8 or Note 8 free of charge in addition to other perks.
Source: Korea Herald