Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Quickly Dominate Japanese Smartphone Sales

Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets are dominating the Japanese market in their first week of sales, reports Forbes, which cited weekly sales rankings provided by Japan's BCN. iPhone sales were boosted by carrier Softbank, which edged out KDDI and NTT DoCoMo as the top wireless provider and accounted for 42.9 percent of weekly iPhone sales. According to the tracking, individual iPhone models took the top 18 spots in sales for the week.

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The iPhone 6 was the most popular iPhone version, displacing competitors and the company's own the iPhone 5s and 5c handsets, which previously topped the list for the month of August. According to BCN, the relative split between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models was roughly 82 percent to 18 percent, with the smaller iPhone 6 seeing much greater sales than the larger model.
BCN tracks smartphones on a weekly and monthly basis, and in its latest weekly rankings the iPhone 6 took 8 of the top 10 spots with the iPhone 5s taking 5th and 8th place. The iPhone 6 Plus’ highest ranking was 11th and it has a fairly strong showing taking 5 of the next 7 spots.

Apple’s success compares to the month of August where the iPhone 5s took the 3rd and 4th positions and the 5c captured the 6th, 7th and 10th positions.
A similar dominance of the iPhone 6 was observed in US metrics with the iPhone 6 far outpacing the bigger iPhone 6 Plus. Much of this disparity may be the result of supply constraints affecting the availability of iPhone 6 Plus handsets, making it much harder for customers to find the models in retail stores and online.

Apple began selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on September 19 and sold a record-breaking ten million handsets in the first weekend of sales. Demand for the handset remains high with minimum ship times of seven to ten days for most iPhone 6 models and three to four weeks for iPhone 6 Plus versions.

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23 months ago
bend that Samsung....
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23 months ago

The 6 plus it's just too darn big. What was Apple thinking? For comparison even the 6 is basically the same size as the 5.2inch LG g2. If it wasn't for the ecosystem and superior apps, Apple would have hard time competing.


When Apple did not have big phones:
No big phones? What is wrong with Apple?!?!

When Apple does have big phones:
If it wasn't for the ecosystem and superior apps, Apple would have hard time competing.

I guess there's no pleasing everyone.
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23 months ago

No, sorry. If I learned anything from MR it's that the Japanese will never buy a phone with a large screen because of their "tiny hands."


i doubt that, asians were the first to walk around with surfboards in their hands over here
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23 months ago

i doubt that, asians were the first to walk around with surfboards in their hands over here

I think you are confusing Korea with Japan. Samsung's market share in Japan is ridiculously small.
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23 months ago

I bought the 6 plus after anticipating it for months, begging for it to be real and not just a rumor, than after 3 days I returned it for the regular 6. The 6 plus it's just too darn big. What was Apple thinking? For comparison even the 6 is basically the same size as the 5.2inch LG g2. If it wasn't for the ecosystem and superior apps, Apple would have hard time competing.

You wanted an over-sized phone and you returned it because it's over-sized? I don't understand the logic.
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23 months ago

I bought the 6 plus after anticipating it for months, begging for it to be real and not just a rumor, than after 3 days I returned it for the regular 6. The 6 plus it's just too darn big.


Thats a matter of opinion and personal taste.

I have the 6 Plus and I love it. For me, its better option than a smaller phone and an iPad. I love the landscape mode and tend to use that most of all.
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23 months ago

Thats a matter of opinion and personal taste.


Exactly. I was initially more excited about the 6 but I saw someone at university today with the 6+ and asked if I could hold it for a bit, so I can get a feel for it. It immeadiately felt right in my hand. Can't wait for the 6S+ next year haha!
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23 months ago

What was Apple thinking? For comparison even the 6 is basically the same size as the 5.2inch LG g2. If it wasn't for the ecosystem and superior apps, Apple would have hard time competing.


Not true. The 5.2" G2 is quite thick, making it almost exactly the same size (volume) as the 5.5" 6 Plus, and 37% larger than the 6. (Weight and width of the G2 are in between the two iPhones, as is its screen size.)

As for length--yes, there are many Android phones a fraction of an inch shorter than an iPhone, by being so thick. But while thickness matters for pocketabilty (especially if you then add a case), length matters... for what? Only if your pocket is exactly the same length as a certain Android phone and you don't care about having room to spare--a rare use case in which the iPhone would stick out a bit. All my pockets are WAY deeper than a 6 Plus.

And the final size factor: camera hump. iPhone's lens ring now sticks out a tiny bit, but that's nothing like the huge humps so many Android users have to tolerate.
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23 months ago

No, sorry. If I learned anything from MR it's that the Japanese will never buy a phone with a large screen because of their "tiny hands."


My hands are comically small, and I have a 6 Plus and love it. Heck, as a person with really small hands, I already used my iPhone 5s with two hands most of the time, so it doesn't really change all that much.
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23 months ago

You wanted an over-sized phone and you returned it because it's over-sized? I don't understand the logic.


The 6+ is a few years behind LG and Samsung with respect to the device size : screen size ratio. That would be my guess. Apple could have at least removed the top bezel, but then it would have had to be thicker so Ive would have had a panic attack.

With a physical fingerprint sensor, Apple can never match Android for bezel size, but IMO it's a good trade off.
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