Last month, an article by Forbes on how the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were failures went viral.
“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.”
Apple and iPhone fans immediately took to Twitter to celebrate the news. However, there is just one problem: The news isn’t true. While Samsung may not ship 70 million units as initially predicted, it looks like they’ll do just fine. Android Authority is one of the many sites that are spreading the truth.
“The latest revised forecast for Samsung’s latest flagship predicts that it will sell around 45 million units by the end of 2015…The 45 million mark is the magic number for Samsung, as this is the current record for units shipped held by its older Galaxy S4 flagship.”
Android Authority goes on to note that this latest report is a conservative estimate and that others are predicting much higher numbers. This is definitely a slap in the face to all of those who called the Galaxy S6 line a flop. Part of the reason sales numbers could have been slow at first is because Samsung underestimated the demand for the Galaxy S6 Edge; they thought, like others, it would just me more of a niche product. Samsung was not originally able to meet the demand for the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Samsung has just unveiled the Galaxy S6 Plus, a 5.5-inch version of the S6 Edge that has been ridiculed. Forbes isn’t the least bit impressed, especially with the use of a Snapdragon processor.
“The Snapdragon 808 powers the LG G4 handset, which has generally not been the match of the Exynos powered Galaxy S6 when tested alongside each other. While the S6 Plus may be larger than the S6 and S6 Edge, there’s every chance that it will be slower than the parent handsets.”
Many people are wondering why Samsung would release a 5.5-inch smartphone when it is about to release the Galaxy Note 5 in a couple of months. Although the Note 5 may not have a higher pixel density than the current Galaxy S6 units, Phone Arena says that Samsung’s new phablet may come with a USB Type-C port. This would future-proof the handset for a long time since many see USB Type-C ports as the future of smartphones and laptops.
Which smartphone would you rather have — the Galaxy S6 Plus or the Galaxy Note 5? Let us know in the comments section.
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