In an amazing record setting launch, the iPhone 5 can boast more than two million sales in its opening weekend in China. The Cupertino Company made a public announcement earlier that clearly indicated in excess of two million unit sales of the iPhone 5 a mere three days after the launch, which is the best first weekend sales achievement for any device in the country.
This record comes quite unexpectedly after a rather quiet launch, and is a big deal for the Cupertino Company as China is an extremely important market which they are hoping to tap into. So while it at first appeared that sales would be low due to limited traffic found at the Apple store, it was found that iPhone 5 sales were simultaneously thriving at China’s carriers.
Thus China Unicom not only supplied their three hundred thousand pre orders, but easily sold an additional five thousand units for the weekend. These sales were from the capital of Shanghai alone, and it should be noted that the other carrier distributing the iPhone 5, China Telecom, reported double the number of units sold.
While one may be tempted to compare this record to Apple’s five million sales during its initial launch, we must remember that that record was set across nine countries and several carriers. Therefore one simply cannot deny the power of the Chinese market, as a record of two million sales in one country with only two carriers is astonishing by any standards.