The Galaxy S9 is an impressive phone, and it’s hard to argue otherwise. It’s got one of the best cameras on the market, a phenomenal set of hardware, and a slick design, but you can also say most of that about its predecessor. And, unfortunately for Samsung, lots of customers have noticed the similarities.
In South Korea, at least, Samsung only managed to sell about 70% of the total number of Galaxy S8 models they sold on the first day last year. Galaxy S9 sales in Samsung’s home country totaled around 180,000 compared to 260,000 Galaxy S8 sales.
Obviously there are a ton of variables here, and the phone’s official launch isn’t until this coming Friday. At that point it will be available in more countries than just South Korea, which might see a more heated demand. With that being said, Android phones always tend to see cooled down sales when they don’t have major new innovative features, and Samsung might have to deal with throughout 2018.
source: Yonhap News