Both Samsung and Apple are getting reports left and right saying their phones aren't selling well, and, at least for Samsung, it may have initially been selling bad, but it isn't anymore.
YouTuber front page tech (stylized lowercase) says this well in his videos referring to the iPhone XR reports. The average consumer isn't going to immediately go out and get the brand new phone. Some will, but most won't.
Of course this isn't going to be the case with the rest of the markets the Galaxy S9 is selling at, but at least for Wisconsin and Texas, in-person seeing the Galaxy S9's everywhere tells a different story than the headlines.
I've seen at least 10 Galaxy S9 and S9+'s walking around and talking with people. In California, or even Manchester in the United Kingdom, this could be true, but not from what I've seen so far.
According to Samsung, "the IT & Mobile Communications (IM) Division reported a drop in earnings despite solid sales of its flagship smartphones." Before saying that this statement alone proves that the Galaxy S9 isn't selling well, they continued to say "Overall, its smartphone shipments remained flat due to a decrease in sales of mid- to low-end products." So Samsung's flagship phones are selling well, and that includes the Galaxy S9, not just the Note9, Note8, S8, S7, and other phones. There still is a possibility the Galaxy S9 isn't selling as well as the S8, but it won't sell as well as the S7 due to the S7 now being Samsung's most popular phone ever, taking over the Galaxy S4. But with the S7 being 2 years old now, and with most people being on a 2 year upgrade plan, this isn't going to leave the Galaxy S9 sales low.
Their cheaper phones are the blame, and this is possibly from competition from Huawei, Xiaomi, and the Pocophone (Xiaomi's subsidiary company).
Samsung also says that earnings had a drop "due to increased promotional costs and a negative currency impact."
So don't listen to everything you hear on the internet. Some articles are posting this for more traffic to their website, and Samsung and Apple have to hear about it. Again, the phone initially could have been selling slowly, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore.
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