Last week we learned that South Korean carriers were anxious to get their sales of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 started a bit ahead of schedule, apparently in an effort to get ahead of the curve of expected iPhone 6 demand. Instead of waiting until October, we heard that they would open pre-orders last week, with aims of making the phablet available later this week. It looks like that plan is shaping up to be a success, as the three big South Korean carriers all report selling out of their pre-order stock.
Granted, we’re dealing with limited supplies to begin with (as each carrier was only allocated a set number of Note 4s), but considering the plan was to keep pre-orders open through this Thursday (with the phone becoming available on Friday), selling out just a few days into things might be seen as boding particularly well for the phablet’s ultimate popularity.
Samsung is expected to formally announce the early start of sales in a statement tomorrow. So far there’s no word of a similarly accelerated schedule for the Note 4’s US release, where the handset won’t reach customer hands until the middle of October. Then again, with the iPhone 6 already out here, any benefit to the Note 4 arriving early may already be minimal.