Korean Galaxy S5 sales said to be 'robust' following early launch

GS5 sales averaging 7,000 per day in Korea, report states

The unexpected early launch of the Galaxy S5 in Samsung's home country of Korea doesn't appear to have dampened Koeans' enthusiasm for the device. According to the Yonhap news agency, the Korean GS5 is selling at a rate of around 7,000 units per day, a figure described as "robust" by the outlet's sources.

The number is below the 8,000 per day figure given for the Galaxy S4 during its launch period, as well as the 10,000 per day achieved by the later Galaxy S4 LTE-A model. However the GS5 only has widespread availability on one of the country's three carriers, and government sanctions mean carriers can't offer subsidized phones at present. The Galaxy S5's lower launch price — 866,800 ($820) won compared to the GS4's 899,000 ($850) — is also likely to have contributed to early sales.

The Galaxy S5 went on sale in Korea last Friday, two weeks ahead of the planned global launch date, as local carriers sought to bypass government-imposed sales bans that would've prevented them from selling the phone on launch day.

Source: Yonhap (GlobalPost)

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