If you remember, this week I waxed ranty over the lukewarm reception Samsung's Galaxy S4 received from many tech enthusiasts across the web. Though not an revolutionary step for the Korean smartphone giant, it was certainly more important than just a screen size or resolution upgrade. Apparently, I wasn't the only one who was not underwhelmed by the device's release, right internets and guys across the pond who wear top hats and monocles?
Carphone Warehouse, one of the largest mobile retailers in the UK, has released some numbers on Galaxy S4 pre-registrations and according to them, they're nothing short of interstellar. They're press release says that they've received more than four times as many pre-registrations for the S4 as it did for the S3 in 2012. Even more impressive, the fact that the 446% increase has been recorded in just three days! The record setting pre-registration for the S3 in 2012 was recorded over a 5 day period.
While all of this is great news for lovers of Samsung's Galaxy line of devices, the mobile manufacturer has some stiff competition with HTC's latest flagship device, the HTC One, making its way into our tech lusting hands any day now and even the much anticipated third iteration of the popular Note smartphone, the Galaxy Note III, could steal sales from the S4 as it's also been a wildly popular handset. That's both a blessing and a curse for a guy like me who is considering his next handset purchase! So much to choose from makes it really hard to decide on a device, but stay tuned here at myfoxla.com as we'll ultimately have reviews to help you decide which device may be right for you.
You can check out Carphone Warehouse's press release below [via Android Authority]:
SUPERCHARGED DEMAND FOR GALAXY S4
Android fans scramble for new handset prompts ‘busiest pre-registration period ever'
London, 20 March 2013 – Carphone Warehouse has today announced that interest in Samsung's newest Galaxy S4 smartphone has been ‘off the charts' compared with its predecessors. The UK's largest independent mobile retailer has so far received more than four times (446%)* as many pre-registrations for the Galaxy S4 than it did when Samsung announced its last flagship device, the SIII, in 2012.
Graham Stapleton, Chief Operating Officer at Carphone Warehouse, says, "The vast number of pre-registrations we've had for this device is evidence how hot the Galaxy S4 is going to be. The launch event in New York clearly captured the imagination of many of our customers – acting as the driving force for the busiest pre-registration period we've ever seen!
"The Galaxy SIII launch broke records last year and was always going to be a tough one to beat, but the S4 is already proving to be a more than capable step up in the series that will inspire many people to make the switch to Android from other operating systems. This device is the one to watch for 2013."
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available from Carphone Warehouse across all major networks from 26th April. To register your interest, visit www.carphonewarehouse.com/new-samsung-galaxy-phone. Tariff and pricing details will be announced closer to the launch date in April.
*SIII pre-registration figures taken 25th – 30th April 2012 compared with S4 pre-registration figures taken 15th – 18th March 2013