Samsung Galaxy S20 series will not officially go on sale in the United States until next Friday, but the device is already hitting the market in Korea’s home country of Samsung. However, the Galaxy S20 ‘s initial sales are defined as’ dismal’ with Samsung blaming factors beyond its control.
Today (via SamMobile) reports from Korea show that the Samsung Galaxy S20 ‘s initial sales are much lower than previous devices Samsung apparently sold 70,800 units on the first day, lagging well behind previous releases. On its first day, the Samsung Galaxy S10 succeeded in selling 140,000 units, beating even further by Note 10 which managed 220,000.
That is not because the Samsung Galaxy S20 is costly, however, or because fans are not excited about it. Instead, Samsung blames concerns over the outbreak of coronavirus for preventing people from going out to buy the device. A telecom official told the Korea Herald that the lower sales figures had much to do with the “sharp decline” of “visitors to offline stores due to fears of coronavirus infection.” Nevertheless, on top of that, he listed fewer discounts which also led to the lower figures.
Coronavirus is certainly a valid concern in South Korea right now. As of today, over 250 new confirmed cases of the virus have occurred in the country with over 2,000 people infected in the country in total. That is a pretty big jump in the month since the country reported the first case.