Samsung Receives “Record” Pre-Orders For the Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge
Samsung has reportedly received record pre-orders for its recently unveiled flagship devices, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, which debuted at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona. The devices are set to go on sale on April 10.
“Samsung received some 20 million pre-orders for the S6 and S6 Edge-15 million of S6 and five million of the S6 Edge from mobile carriers worldwide. This is a record,” a top executive at a leading mobile carrier in Europe confirmed to The Korean Times at the MWC convention.
The official, who wished to remain unidentified due to confidentiality, noted that the overall impressions of the two new Galaxy S smartphones are positive thanks to an aggressive marketing campaign surrounding the two devices.
On the same lines, Samsung also admitted that the initial response to its latest Galaxy devices is far better than the Galaxy S5. “To be honest, pre-orders of the two Galaxy variants from our major clients are really huge,” Samsung Electronics mobile chief Shin Jong-kyun told reporters at the show.
The Samsung Netherlands online store was the first to start taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 and its curved screen variant, the S6 Edge. The website listed the 32GB variant of the Galaxy S6 for EUR 699 and the Galaxy S6 Edge at EUR 849.
While it didn’t reveal the pricing for other 64GB and 128GB variants of the two smartphones, SamMobile claimed last week that Samsung will keep a EUR 799 price tag for the 64GB version, and EUR 899 for the top-end 128GB model. The Galaxy S6 is said to cost EUR 949 and EUR 1,049 for the 64GB and 128GB models respectively.
Here are the key specs of the two phones:
- 5.1-inch 2,560×1,440 Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 577 ppi
- Exynos 1.5GHz Octacore processor
- 3GB LPDDR4 RAM
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- 16MP f1.9 rear camera with optical image stabilization and live HDR
- 5MP f1.9 front camera with live HDR
- Fingerprint reader
- Category 6 LTE offering up to 300 Mbps down/50 Mbps up data transfer speeds
- Wi-Fi 802.11 AC with HT80 MIMO, Bluetooth LE, NFC, IR blaster
- Battery capacity: 2550mAh for Galaxy S6 and 2600mAh for S6 Edge
In view of the solid improvements Samsung made in key areas, Mark C. Newman, at Bernstein Research in Hong Kong, believes the new Galaxy phones have the potential to beat expectations.
“We think the components side of the S6 is more positive for Samsung’s earnings direction, with the processor moving internally (saving potentially $28 a phone), significantly more memory (DRAM and particularly NAND) and the display showing off their technology lead in flexible OLED,” Newman said in a report.