Galaxy S20: Samsung sold half as many devices as the S10 on the first day of sale

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The sales of the Galaxy S20 has started very badly in South Korea. According to The Korea Herald, they are 50% lower than those of the S10 on the first day of marketing. The situation is believed to be at least in part due to the coronavirus.

Sales of the Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra are lower than expected. 70,800 units of the Galaxy S20 were sold on the first day against 140,000 units of Galaxy S10 or 220,000 units of Galaxy Note 10 on the first day of their launch on the market in August.

According to The Korean Herald, the main reason for this decline in sales is undoubtedly their price level, the absence of discounts and the drastic drop in the frequentation of physical stores amid fears of contagion from the coronavirus. Operators would also be less inclined to subsidize this generation of the smartphone than the previous ones.

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Close to China, home of the epidemic, South Korea is also hit hard by the coronavirus. 256 new cases of infected people were reported yesterday, for a total of 2022 cases. But in addition to the fear of the epidemic, the price of these smartphones could also be played in their disadvantage, especially since Samsung has also lowered the price of the Galaxy S10 and S10+ a lot.

What do you think is the real reason for this drop in sales levels? The price? Fear of the epidemic? The attractiveness of S10 or competing smartphones? Share your opinion in the comments!

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    • S20 – 6.2-inch Quad HD+ (3200 × 1440 pixels) Dynamic AMOLED 2X
      Infinity-O Display, HDR10+, 563 PPI, 120Hz refresh rate
    • S20+ – 6.7-inch Quad HD+ (3200 × 1440 pixels) Dynamic AMOLED 2X
      Infinity-O Display, HDR10+, 120Hz refresh rate
    • S20 Ultra 6.9-inch Quad HD+ (3200 × 1440 pixels) Dynamic AMOLED 2X
      Infinity-O Display, HDR10+, 511 PPI, 120Hz refresh rate
    • Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 990 7nm EUV processor with ARM Mali-G77MP11 GPU
    • 8GB (12GB in S20 Ultra) LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB storage (UFS 3.0), expandable to 1TB
    • Android 10 with OneUI 2.0
    • Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
    • S20 and S20+ – 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera with LED Flash, f/1.8 aperture, Super Speed Dual Pixel AF, OIS, 64MP Telephoto lens with 76° FoV, f/2.0 aperture, OIS, Hybrid Optic Zoom 3X, Super Resolution Zoom up to 30X, 12MP 120° Ultra Wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture, Depth Vision camera (S20+)
    • S20-Ultra – 108MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, OIS, 48MP Telephoto lens with 24° FoV, f/3.5 aperture, PDAF, OIS, Hybrid Optic Zoom 10X, Super Resolution Zoom up to 100X, 12MP 120° Ultra Wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture, Depth Vision camera
    • S20 and S20+ – 10MP Dual Pixel front-facing camera with 80° wide-angle lens, f/2.2 aperture
    • S20-Ultra – 40MP front-facing camera with 80° wide-angle lens, f/2.2 aperture
    • Water and dust resistant (IP68)
    • Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor
    • Dimensions:
    • S20: 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9mm; 163g
    • S20+: 161.9 x  73.7 x 7.8mm; 186g
    • S20-Ultra: 166.9 x 76.0 x 8.8mm; 220g
    • Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ax (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS with GLONASS, USB 3.1, NFC, MST
    • S20 — 4,000mAh battery with 25W fast Charging both on wired and wireless (WPC and PMA) charging,
    • S20+ — 4,500mAh  battery with 25W  fast Charging both on wired and wireless (WPC and PMA) charging
    • S20-Ultra — 5000mAh battery with 45W  fast Charging both on wired and wireless (WPC and PMA) charging
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  1. Andrew
    February 29, 2020

    maybe they will finally understand that raising the prices is not a choice now

  2. Ravindran Pranatharthy
    February 29, 2020

    The S20 range is simply way too expensive for a company that will keep the software new upto two years only. The reigning S10 is no slouch and its camera gap with S20 is not that great. Samsung cultivates an excess of phone offerings bringing on purchase fatigue and customers find the phones outdated beyind just 2 years unlike Apple. S20 is bound to sell below par. This will be a lesson to Samsung.

  3. F K
    February 29, 2020

    The S20 & S20 plus are not much of an upgrade from the S10 & S10 plus. The cameras are pretty much the same.

    The introduction of the S20 Ultra makes the other 2 devices appear like sub flagship devices. It seems like the Ultra was the only S device that was given a proper upgrade but the Ultra is just too big. I almost preordered it but changed my mind when I saw it in person. It is ridiculously big. It can’t be labeled as MOBILE DEVICE.

  4. Andy Teh
    February 29, 2020

    It is definitely the price. Too expensive

  5. Amir Rehman
    February 29, 2020

    What did they expect at that price and with strong competition from China?

  6. Guest
    February 29, 2020

    It should not take a lot of brain power to know that it’s the sky-rocketing prices of these new generation of mobiles that is shrinking the number of sales. Apple was in denial in first half of 2019 attributing the slack in sales to customer behaviour and upgrade patterns, but the moment they reduced the prices of the iPhone XR volumes shot up like crazy. High time these companies realize that they can’t just keep moving the prices up north, iteration after iteration.

  7. Pat Hennessy
    March 1, 2020

    Its the price silly.

  8. Fazal Razvi
    March 1, 2020

    Hi am a Samsung user from Samsung Galaxy device and buy all till s 10 plus device but I am
    not buying S20 ultra because Samsung is making us fool in India….
    No snapdragon in India in USA it’s available reason cost cutting hahaha After cost cutting we r getting this phone for 93k in Dubai n USA it’s getting for 80k INR…one More thing no 5g in India and no 512gb verint in India Samsung thinks we r fools but u r worng sir…Guys Plz don’t buy Samsung till we get proper device like usa….And Samsung plz stop making FOOLS to my Indian people’s….

  9. TheOldTeddyBea
    March 1, 2020

    With the removal of all subsidies and the massive increase in plan costs I cannot afford to upgrade. I am currently paying $75 (which included $32 per month phone repayment), to get an equivalent upgraded phone and plan will cost me $152 at Telus or $168 at Roger’s. It would appear that the increase in account set up fees are there to try and help the competition to keep some form of brand loyalty.

    March 1, 2020

    High price, ugly camera on the back… They can do much better. I can’t understand, why they wanted to use the same position as apple. They could simply put it in the center, and for s20 and s20+ I bet that they could make it without camer bump. And on s20 ultra… it’s horrible, when I hold the phone with my right hand it baisically disturbs my finger. It’s too big that camera bump. Yeah, I understand that it has a big optical zoom, but I bet they could make it better. And not in right, they could put it in center, to make the phone more stable when it sits on the table.

  11. Joe Lannen
    March 1, 2020

    For me personally the price isnt holding me back although it is pretty high here in Canada its more the aesthetics of the device, that big ugly camera module is hideous. They should have done a better job of integrating it onto the device, as it stands now it looks like they just stuck it on there…and why black? at least try to blend it in by using body colour?

    March 1, 2020

    And it feels really bad when you hold the phone with right hand.

  13. KIMZ Actions
    March 1, 2020

    Too expensive and after some months mobile value down like 0…

  14. Joel
    March 2, 2020

    Its the price. I wont be touching one, and will move to another brands flagship such as realme etc