Who said that Samsung was struggling? The redesign of the manufacturer’s flagship phone turned out to be exactly what the doctor ordered as a report out of Korea claims that 20 million units of theSamsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge have been ordered. Breaking down the reservations, 15 million were for the Galaxy S6 while 5 million were for the model with the curved glass draping down both edges.
The 20 million units ordered represents a record for Samsung. The figures come from a leading executive at a major wireless carrier who obviously wishes to remain anonymous.
The executive said that he had a very high opinion of both handsets. The two devices were unveiled a week ago today at Barcelona and are expected to be released around the middle of next month.
Samsung Electronics mobile chief Shin Jong-kyun said that the response to the two new models has been much better than the response to the Samsung Galaxy S5. “To be honest, pre-orders of the two Galaxy variants from our major clients are really huge,” the executive said. It was the tepid response to last year’s model, not only from the carriers but from consumers, that led Samsung to start from scratch in redesigning its flagship phone.
Last year’s struggles with the Galaxy S5 coincided with a strong comeback year for Apple as the larger size of the screen on the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus helped Apple sell a record 74.5 million units in the calendar fourth quarter of 2014. If the size of the orders for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are correct, it sounds like Samsung is back on track.