Distributors demand more Galaxy S6 edge units, Samsung runs out of touchscreen panels

Distributors demand more Galaxy S6 edge units, Samsung runs out of touchscreen panels
A couple of weeks ago, we heard a report that Samsung is working hard to boost production of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, looking to ship 13 million units by the end of April, based on huge demand. Our of this number, just 4 million were planned to be the uniquely curvy Galaxy S6 edge. Of course, this is understandable, as the handset is both much harder to build, and could end up not appealing to many due to the unorthodox form factor.

Well, it seems the latter concern is out the window, as Samsung is now on the hunt for more suppliers for its arched-glass hero, as it intends to triple the production of Galaxy S6 edge units. According to new estimates, based solely on interest from distributors, the company expects the curved version of its flagship to sell just as well, if not better, than the "regular" Galaxy S6.

The large demand took its toll on the touchscreen panels stock and Sammy's main supplier (Alps Electronics, Japan) is said to be struggling to keep up. That's why, word is, Samsung will be looking for additional screen manufacturers in its own country to help out. No certain names have been given yet, though, a company called S-MAC has been mentioned.

Interestingly, an earlier rumor said that the supplier for the curved protective glass units for the Galaxy S6 edge's face is also having trouble of its own, with just a 50% yield, keeping production costs high and output low. Back then, it was said that Sammy will be looking for additional glass suppliers as well.

So, the Galaxy S6 edge's sleek curve seems to be drawing the attention it rightfully deserves, which, apparently, caught even Samsung off guard. Fingers crossed that the last-minute supplier hunt doesn't result in a drop of quality. But, keeping faith and assuming all will be fine, would you say that the edge has the potential to actually become Sammy's most popular phone this year, overshadowing the "mainstream" Galaxy S6?

source: ETNews via G for Games

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Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)



1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1696; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

The s6/edge is pretty hot these days. I was looking for online shops and some were sold out in a few hours.

20. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

It hasn't been 24 hours since preoders started in my country that most of online shops show sold out for 64gb all models (128 not available here). And this never happens usually.

2. derivativex

Posts: 176; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

They should sell the emerald green in more countries and sell much cheaper s6 edges with 16gb options (for people who don't really store that much in their phones but would like to purchase a beautiful phone at a relatively "affordable" price)

8. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Problem is production. It would mean extra phone option = extra investment. Also 16gb on smartphones is useless

24. btbotimtim

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Available user memory would be a lot less than 10GB on 16GB S6.

25. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

No man even for light user like you, the 16GB would make you regret later.

3. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Bravo Samsung! Finally you're back. Let's destroy Apple now!

6. drunkenjay

Posts: 1696; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

maybe in a few more years.

12. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

No, not that long. I want it now! I hate seeing Apple successfully apply their monopoly policy on mobile ecosystem. Apple have a dirty plan while they are buying small companies; in order to make those patents become theirs and sue every Android OEMs who come up with those things. We can't let Apple reach their goal, it's very dangerous. Off-topic: I just got a news that Zayn is leaving One Direction. He is one of the most popular members in directioners hearts. I lost all my hope now :(

19. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

You really need more friends. Go out and get some air.

26. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Ironic. Seems like you're hurt by my comment above. LoL

4. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

I bet that Galaxy S7 will be only in one - "edge" version.

14. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I hope not.

5. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I say yes to it being the most popular of the s6's. edge FTW

7. maherk

Posts: 6942; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Samsung's website in Lebanon has been crashing a lot since it was announced that the S6 and S6 Edge are up for pre-orders. What sucks is that we only have 2 color choices for now, either the white S6 or black S6 Edge!

18. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Buy the Note 4 and much better for you.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I love my Note 4, but I have to disgree here. I rather have Sammy's Exynos vs the SnapDragon. I want the DDR4 RAM and better cameras. I don't plan to step down from my Note 4 back to an S, but I am planning to get the S6 Edge for my toy and I will sell it when the Note 5 comes.

9. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

And just like that S6 crashed any hopes of the mediocre same old same old M9.

10. corvette72778

Posts: 166; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I have my doubts about the demand for a phone that cut out so many features.

11. maherk

Posts: 6942; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Oh god, let's not hear another troll crying over the lack of sd card slot and removable batteries!! You say cut so many features(2-3 features doesn't mean many), but you tend to skip the part where Samsung added tons of new features and lots of improving to the already stellar hardware.

13. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

I am not going to buy S6 right away and was a hard fan of removable batteries, SD card slots - but i realize that my devices in last 4 years had 16gb in build storage (now 32gb), and lasted me whole my busy day. So SD Card is not a must these days when you get 32GB and anyway i store everything on my 10TB OneDrive. Music - Spotify makes the sense. Removable battery has its benefits when it begins to degrade over year, you could easily replace it without 0 costs for serviceman - but again, Samsung took it better then other glued HTCs and SONYs - replace the battery is not easy, but much easier than you might think. When you need a spare battery to replace to have extra juice - get a powerbank - more benefit from carrying powerbank to charge more devices then carry extra battery for only 1 device ...i can not remember what other missing features you are talking about.

16. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Sd card reader without even the sd card being in the phone makes the note 4 r and w speeds and any other phone way crap over even the 1+1 and the iphome 6 at the top, I.e. The gap is very big over the note 4 and then the other under that, that's to the s6 came out now that's faster then the iphome by way over 2x, closer to 3 x for the note 4, I.e. When you get the info I just said you soon see why the s6 now does not lag and why they removed the sd card, that and sd card will not work on the s6 due to ufs 2.0 needs more bandwidth to work

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You seem to not understand the obvious. The obvious is, the vast majority of people dont use sdcards and need removable batteries.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I personally think if the Edge models do as well as they appear, it may become the official new S model starting with the Galaxy S VII and Note VI. I didnt expect the Note Edge to sell more than the "regular" Note 4, but when the 4 major US carriers stated they felt the S6 Edge was even better than the iPhone, then I expected the Edge to outsell the "regular" S6. If this demand is as high as this claim, potentially Samsung could sell 50M of the 2 together within 6 months. Seeing that the S4 and S5 both sold over 40M+ in just 6 month each, selling another 10M is possible, considering Samsung can keep up. Also considering they have pre-orders for 20M and the pre-orders haven't even been opened for he USA, I see at least 30M being sold in its first quarter of sales.

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