The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus haven’t just been popular smartphones among critics and consumers, but in terms of sales, they’ve already broken all kinds of records. Rivaling vendors in the mobile industry have sought to counter, with Google having recently taken the wraps off the Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone, but the rampant success of the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus won’t have stung any competitor quite as severely as Samsung. The Korean outfit’s Note series, considered flagship alongside the Galaxy S line-up, has been a saving grace for fans of handsets with large displays, but even with the Galaxy Note 4 announcement being bolstered by the intriguing Galaxy Note Edge, there’s seemingly little that the Tizen maker can do to halt the dominance of its bitter rival.
Following on from the recent report that iPhone 6 Fever was even taking a stronghold on Samsung’s own patch in South Korea, one analyst has chimed into the debate by adding that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus could outsell the Galaxy Note 4 by 10-to-1 – further proof that Sammy is hurting badly from Apple’s decision to join the ranks of the more sizeable handsets.
Shinhan Investment’s Kim Young-chan wrote in a note to clients that eventually, the latest iOS-running device will outsell the Note 4 tenfold, and given the fact that the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus is creating a frenzy in Korea, Kim and other analysts are genuinely concerned about the performance of Samsung, LG and other big names across the nation.
Traditionally, many companies enjoy a strong reception from their home nations. Sony, for example, famously outsells Microsoft’s Xbox across Japan, and until this year, Samsung always seemed to have the support of its compatriots. But while some media outlets have remained staunchly behind what is one of the country’s greatest exports, it seems that many others have told it like it is – the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus is proving too hot for Samsung to handle at this point in time.
Kim goes on to suggest that 80 million iPhone 6 / 6 Plus handsets will be shipped worldwide between October and December, while he expects the Note 4 to shift one-tenth of that.
To tout Samsung’s demise would be premature, unfair, and just plain wrong, particularly given that it’s still very early stages in terms of the lifespan of the Note 4. But the numbers don’t lie, and having enjoyed such dominance in the phablet arena, the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus appears to have presented Samsung with a challenge that it was not, in any way, prepared for.