Samsung’s Galaxy S6 shipments are set to be absolutely massive
Samsung’s smartphone sales may have taken a plunge as of late, but its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets could turn out to be just the devices the South Korean tech giant needs to rebuild its mobile division.
Following strong advance orders of more than 20 million handsets, Samsung is reportedly expected to ship 46 million S6 units this year — representing an increase of 8 million on the previous 38 million estimate.
Those may not be close to iPhone 6 numbers (which sold 74.5 million devices in the last quarter of 2014 alone), but it’s certainly enough to earn Samsung back some of the respect its lost.
Samsung is said to be manufacturing an initial run of 13 million S6 units during March and April, which is an increase of 1 million from the 12 million originally planned.
CitiBank analyst Henry H Kim claims Samsung is likely to see a 1 percent drop in operating profits for Q1 2015, but that this number will strongly rebound with a 39 percent increase once the S6 starts contributing to earnings in the second quarter.
Given that Samsung wound up wildly overestimating the demand for its Galaxy S5, those in charge would do well to make sure it doesn’t do the same this year — but given the response the two S6 devices have received so far, you can’t blame Samsung for being confident.
The two new Samsung Galaxy models boast metal and glass designs, next-gen memory chips faster than anything else on the market, and Samsung’s latest Exynos 7 processors. They also feature 5.1-inch Quad HD displays, 16-megapixel rear-facing cameras with optical image stabilization, up to 128GB of storage, and revamped TouchWiz software based on Android 5.0 Lollipop.