Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders deplete day-one supplies
South Korean carriers sell entire stock, some within hours
South Korean consumers have exhausted launch-day supplies of Samsung Electronics's Galaxy Note 4 with all major carriers, CNET reported.
SK Telecom, KT, LG Uplus ran out of pre-order stock for the forthcoming phablet within days. Number-one provider SK, which commands 50.3% of the network carrier market, took just nine hours to deplete its reserves, while its competitors ran out of the handsets in three days.
Samsung brought forward the launch of the Note 4, deciding to hold a press conference on 24 September and release the phone to the market on 26 September. The company may have done so in an attempt to court on-the fence consumers following a warm industry reception for Apple Inc's iPhone 6 and Watch devices.
Samsung unveiled the Note 4 at IFA Berlin earlier this month. The S-pen is still in attendance, but Samsung has dumped plastic in favour of a metal frame design. The handset has a 5.7-inch Quad HD display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and comes with a 16MP main camera. The Korean version of the device is powered by an Exynos 5433 octa-core processor, but the global version will make do with a quad-core Snapdragon 805.
The Galaxy Note 4 will sell for an unsubsidised price of $920 in South Korea, Samsung's lowest-ever price point for a Galaxy Note handset. The Note 3 cost $1,025 when it was released.
At the time of writing, no Note 4 release dates or prices have been announced for the Middle East.