Apple may have snagged around 2.2 million preorders for its iPhone 5C during the initial 24 hours last Friday, projects Citi analyst Glen Yeung.
That number tops the 2 million preorders scored by the iPhone 5 over the first 24 hours last year. However, the iPhone 5C preorders include those from China and Japan's NTT DoCoMo, which were not part of the initial rollout phase for the iPhone 5 in 2012.
Combined, the two phones are expected to ring up sales of around 7.75 million for the entire weekend, Yeung said in an investors note released Monday night. The 5C will account for more than 4.5 million, leaving the 5S with around 3.2 million. In comparison, the iPhone 5 racked up sales of around 5 million during its first weekend in 2012.
Overall, Yeung isn't too optimistic about the prospects for the 5C, at least not in emerging markets.
In a report entitled: "So Much for a Low-Priced iPhone to Penetrate Emerging Markets," the analyst expressed surprise at the price for the unlocked 5C.
"At this level, we do not expect the iPhone 5C to meaningfully penetrate emerging markets without substantial subsidy, noting that phones priced above $300 account for just 13.7 percent of the global handset market and the average price of a premium phone in China is 23 percent below the US (and the gap is expected to widen)," Yeung said.