china iphone 6

Pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus officially began in China today, and it sounds like sales for the two handsets are doing well thus far. Tencent reports that the country’s three major wireless carriers recorded more than 1 million pre-orders during first 6 hours of availability.

There’s been no word on what sales looked like throughout the rest of the day, and the 1M figure doesn’t include orders taken directly by Apple, or its 6,000 authorized resellers. It also doesn’t account for the 9+ million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus reservations that were made last week.

The new iPhones will launch in China on October 17. Both will support TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, and be offered by China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom across the country. The first two carriers are among the world’s largest, with 800M and 300M subscribers, respectively.

Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at an event on September 9, and launched them in several countries 10 days later. After opening weekend, the company announced that it had sold 10 million handsets during the 3-day period, besting its previous record for handset sales.

[Tencent via Fortune]

  • Donovan

    I thought it said “China Unicorn” hahaha

  • Confused

    I swear you posted an article with the same headline last week?

  • Ваше Онтатиле Масвибилили

    i guess the note 4 going for sale first in in China didn’t help… BendGate too!!! I am sooooo happy to see samsung hurting

    • Rowan09

      Samsung my have a lawsuit from Nvidia for the Exynos and also suing Qualcomm as well for patent infringement. They already delayed launch in the UK, so they’ve been having a bad year.

    • 12345678

      Please avoid negative comments. Didn’t you know that Samsung employees had fewer pay because of this year? Its tough for them and it’s disrespectful to say that it’s good that Samsung is not doing well. Because of samsung’s Galaxy note apple finally brought a bigger phone. So you might as well thank Samsung for making apple meet customer demands

      • Vic O

        If Samsung had spent less time poking fun at iPhones, and more time making better phones….

      • 12345678

        It’s called advertisement. I am not against apple in fact I own an iPhone. But pls don’t insult companies that work hard to survive the competition. And if you think about it, if Samsung goes out of business apple won’t make any more better phones.

      • Vic O

        Companies absolutely have to advertise; but I have no sympathy for those that concentrate MOST of their advertising on pointing out the “defects” in competitors products, and not enough time promoting the merits of their own products.

      • Kurt

        Maybe they are mad that Apple has took their position of copying? They now copy samsung like Samsung copied them before. Don’t be mad guy, it’s a good thing. Really, don’t be upset, you’re not Apple. This isn’t about you.

      • Kurt

        Note 4 has the best screen of any device. Most accurate colors as well as other aspects it is the best screen out. As well as many other features. iPhones don’t sell well here. Too crappy in comparison to a Note 4.

      • Vic O

        Lol. Why bother…

      • James Nickel

        And pushing pixels to that great screen hurts performance.

        How many Note 4 phablets were ordered the first week?

      • Kurt

        If you want to praise Apple for selling many iPhones. I’m with you. They have the most popular phone (single model). But I’m not biased and it’s a fact that the Note 4 has the best screen on the market. I forgot about the resolution. That’s another way it is the best. But why are you biased? What do you get out of it? Are you paid like Samsung paid people to bash other phones? How much do you get from Apple?

      • James Nickel

        As I pointed out it is also a fact that the performance is hurt pushing all those pixels. Can’t you face there is a performance penalty?

        You’re the one showing bias by cherry picking.

        The Note 4 didn’t get great reviews. If you weren’t biased you would have pointed that out as well. Since Samsung is the only known manufacturer to pay for posts, maybe you’re the one getting paid.

  • Onyxus_Music

    I wonder if it’s easier to find phones in China? Where I live, they’re practically inexistent. I hope they have better luck than I do.

  • Alberto Espinal

    Apple is doom anyways, LOL, and like some android users day we still are in 2012

    • Kurt

      Note 4 is better. Many ways note 3 is better too lol

      • James Nickel

        I love the feature on the Note 4, where you can stand up your business card in the gap between the screen and the case. I believe that is a unique feature in the entire industry.

        BTW, they sold 30,000 Note 4 units on launch day.

  • @dongiuj

    I bet none of them work for Foxconn.

  • fwitten

    There are 1.3 billion people in there, so the number is quite normal.