On Monday, word spread all over the Internet that Samsung is going to release a larger version of it’s current Galaxy S6 called the “Galaxy S6 Plus.” CNET broke the news, based on a popular Italian blog.
“Samsung Galaxy S6 phone buyers waiting for a version with a 5.5-inch screen might get their wish fairly soon. The Korean mobile phone maker is reportedly planning to unveil the Galaxy S6 Plus, a variant of the Galaxy S6 with a bigger screen and other enhancements.”
Unfortunately, for Samsung, there has been a swift backlash. The comments under the CNET article were pretty brutal.
“Samsung……. just release the Note 5 and call it a day. No need for this and no need to ruin your already pretty successful Note line,” wrote commenter CDub271.
“Samsung isn’t even trying to hide how much they copy Apple anymore. I actually own the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy S6 and the S6 looks like the twin brother of the iPhone. Apple went 64 bit…then Samsung goes 64 bit. Apple creates Apple Pay…then Samsung creates Samsung Pay,” write commenter lamarUSC.
Twitter wasn’t much kinder.
Samsung still prefers to copy than to innovate. http://t.co/Z2qGEAOHxl
— Traveller (@Travelller) June 3, 2015
— Omar Lares (@Olares1988) June 3, 2015
The main part of the backlash against Samsung is occurring because Samsung already has the successful Galaxy Note line. Actually, Samsung invented the “phablet.” People are wondering why Samsung has to take away from their Galaxy Note line by making the Galaxy S6 almost as big. To a lot of people, it reeks of desperation. Perhaps, they could be correct.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge haven’t sold as well as Samsung had hoped. Forbes recently broke the news on what they consider a disappointment for Samsung.
“70 million. Earlier this year that was the number of Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones Samsung claimed it would sell in 2015. Samsung also claimed to have taken 20M pre-orders prior to both phones’ release. Sadly one month on the reality looks disastrously different.”
Both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have received fantastic reviews — this is what makes the low sales shocking. However, it’s important to note that Samsung didn’t predict the demand for the Galaxy S6 Edge model. Initially, supply couldn’t meet demand and that is about to change soon.
However, many Samsung fans have claimed that they didn’t buy any of the new S6 models because Samsung got rid of two things that makes their phones unique — a microSD card slot and a removable battery. Let’s hope that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has these two features.
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