Samsung expects 70 million Galaxy S6 and Edge phones to be sold
- 21 April, 2015 05:44
Samsung has publicly described the first week of Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge sales as "impressive" and predicted overall sales for both devices will break a record, passing 70 million globally for both.
That prediction, offered by an unnamed Samsung executive in a recent Korea Times report from Seoul, would be welcome, indeed, after the company's problems selling the Galaxy S5.
A Samsung spokeswoman could not immediately confirm the sales estimate. Both phones went on sale April 10 in the U.S. and other major markets.
The 70 million in sales for both phones would compare to reported sales of 70 million for each of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 phones. The Galaxy S5's sales fell 40% below expectations, as measured last November, leading to an executive shakeup.
Samsung has been using the Edge device as a kind of promotion for both phones, which are reportedly sold to carriers in a ratio deal: When a carrier buys 10 Galaxy S6 phones to resell, the carrier gets the right to buy five Edge phones to resell.
The Edge is the first smartphone with two curved front display edges on either side, something Samsung expected would be a crowd pleaser. Some reports have said there were a record high 20 million pre-orders for both new phones and that some retailers sold out within a day of availability.
Samsung is apparently seeing good early sales despite user complaints of a problem with the auto-rotate feature on some Edge devices. Some images and apps remain stuck in the portrait mode (vertical) and won't rotate as they should to landscape mode (horizontal), according to dozens of users in forums.
Samsung and U.S. carriers have offered no public explanation for the problem or its fix, nor have they said how many units are affected. Some customers have returned an Edge device only to have a second one fail. Sprint referred all queries on the matter to Samsung, while Verizon and AT&T have not commented.
In an Android Forums post late yesterday, Jeremiah Dansby said he replaced a second Edge with a regular Galaxy S6. "Fingers crossed..., hopefully I don't have any problems with this one," he wrote.