​iPhone X pre-orders exceed 300,000 in Korea

Korean pre-orders of Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone are double that of the iPhone 8 ahead of official sales beginning Friday.

South Korean telcos are reporting high pre-orders for the iPhone X ahead of official sales beginning on Friday.

SK Telecom, KT, and LG Uplus had reportedly secured 100,000 iPhone X units between them, but pre-orders have exceeded 300,000 since beginning last Friday, near double that of the iPhone 8, which saw around 150,000 pre-orders.

KT saw 20,000 pre-orders within five minutes, while LG Uplus saw pre-orders double that of the iPhone 8 within the first 10 minutes.

SK Telecom, which has been staging pre-order sessions for marketing purposes, had its first batch of the handset sell out within minutes.

The telcos have demanded more stock from Apple to meet demand when official sales commence.

All of this is despite the iPhone X being the priciest iPhone ever in South Korea, costing 1.63 million won for the 256GB model.

Samsung Electronics, meanwhile, has kicked off a Galaxy Upgrade Program this week aimed at iPhone users ahead of the iPhone X rollout.

10,000 iPhone users will be chosen to try out the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 for a month. Afterwards they can decide to keep using it or not.

The Galaxy Note 8, the most pre-ordered of the Note series to date, is still the highest-selling phone in the country, although sales have slowed since its launch in September.

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