Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge pass 10m global shipments; apparently slower than S5, S4

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge pass 10m global shipments; apparently slower than S5, S4
As per the coverage of South Korean media outlet Yonhap News, global shipments of the Galaxy S6 series smartphone have now exceeded the ten million mark. The report cites a "high-ranking" Samsung official, who is quoted as saying that "the sales of the Galaxy S6 series have already surpassed 10 million," although notably, it is unclear how recently this feat was achieved. 

In passing such a milestone, one would expect Samsung to divulge the fact at the earliest possible point. Assuming this is the case, and Samsung has only just reached 10 million devices shipped worldwide, then things appear to be slowing down compared with previous years. The Galaxy S4, for example, took a mere 27 days to reach the magical 10 million, while the Galaxy S5 got there in only 25 days, and since the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge first hit the retail market on April 10th, shipment rates look to be slacking quite severely. 

It is, of course, just speculation that the Galaxy S6 line has only just hit the eight-figure holy grail, but if it has taken five weeks for the company to reach 10 million, then it would be an unquestionable disappointment. Since their announcement, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge have been the subject of great reverence, with many quick to praise the aesthetic qualities and all-round performance, but if the sales aren't backing this up, then Samsung is in a spot of bother. 

It's no secret that last year, Samsung had a particularly bad one, which wasn't helped by the Galaxy Note 4's arrival after the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Despite being announced prior to the launch of Apple's smartphones, the Note 4 didn't make retail until after the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus had established, and by then, the damage was already done. 

In the weeks leading up to the Mobile World Congress in early March of this year, the announcement of the Galaxy S6 was the major topic of discussion, with the general consensus being that Samsung needed to make an even bigger statement than usual. To its credit, Sammy has come out fighting; the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are two undeniably great smartphones. But with the Apple iPhone smashing sales records quarter after quarter, Samsung's figures for two brand-new handsets seem paltry by comparison, and despite the fanfare since this vaunted Android duo was unveiled, the numbers don't seem to be following suit.

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Galaxy S6
  • 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 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
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)

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136 Comments

1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Samsung should really put out all models and color options out on the first day of release. there are people who say that the s6 edge is all sold out so many increase the stock of these models. the 128gb model came out in australia last week with only black and white so its pretty stupid. get your stuff ready samsung.

67. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Worse than S5? Even I didn't expect that. THREE mega flops in row. Game over, Sammy.

88. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

S6 is great compared to other phones but to S5 things get nasty here.

90. Carlitos

Posts: 668; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Odly enough the s6 and SPECIALLY the edge version is being bought like hot cakes here in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. I see them everywhere i go out in public it seems.

118. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

How is this a flop? S5 was released in 125 markets and sold 11 million its first month; S6 launches in 20 markets and manages 10 million, I say that's amazing.

120. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Are s-heeps really THAT stupid? 20 countries of *importance* where 95%+ of sales occur. RIP Sammy.

121. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

There's also the Edge variant shortage, from the produced handsets only 25% were the edge variant. Samsung after the launch immediately announced they had underestimated the demand for it and that they would fall short of providing the variant for the month. It's possible that many people held off buying the S6 until the Edge version is more widely available? Also, I wouldn't call myself a Samsung fanboy, the only phone I ever had from them was the Behold from 2008 other than that I've mainly bought LG phones and I'm currently sporting a Sony Xperia Z3.

122. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

That's a prime example of cannibalism. Vendors should never make choices hard for consumers, or let them wait. Edge is indeed a very poor decision from Sammy. Or maybe Sammy was THAT desperate.

83. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Though I decided not to upgrade my S5 to S6, but I still think other consumers will buy it. I expected S6 selling better than S5.

95. joaovictorop

Posts: 6; Member since: May 19, 2015

Here in Brazil the Samsung just released the 32gb of the normal Galaxy S6 and the 32gb and 64gb of Galaxy S6 Edge. I have a Galaxy Note II with 16gb internal and 64gb of expansion and I wanted to buy a normal Galaxy S6 with at least 64gb. But Samsung didnt released and I will not buy the 32gb model. It is a shame of Samsung. The politics of Samsung with Brazil clients is terrible.

106. Carlitos

Posts: 668; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

And the galaxy s6 was available in a 100 markets by this time last year. The s6/edge are only available in 20.

119. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

Thank You, even articles from early April mentioned that it probably wasn't going to pass the S5 first month sales since the S6 was getting released in far fewer markets initially, yet now everyone is acting like this is s flop.

133. corvette72778

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

No micro sd card? No removable battery? No sale to me! Domt ruin the Note 5 Samsung!

2. Tricell1991

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

It's just started. Not anything to a problems.

3. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Meh, I am guessing it still hit 10 million sooner, but even if it didn't, no biggy. Android users aren't total lemmings so you can't expect iPhone 6 numbers.

12. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Pricing is also a big factor here I think.

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How so? The entry level model is still 199.99 on contract. So no, price isn't an issue; availability is.

78. g2a5b0e unregistered

The whole world doesn't revolve around the North American on-contract pricing model. Most people don't have that option.

97. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

it's an issue. in my country it's around 910$ for the Edge base model. for comparison, iPhone 6 760$, G4 600$. i'd get a G4 anyday.

65. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

S-heeps gonna remain s-heeps.

98. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

And iSheep are gonna remain iSheep, right Buster?

137. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Man you and the patriots should get married. Your both so full of bulls**t and troll anything in your path. Look at every atricle on this site basically, you and him are on it seeking such approval from a company that sees you as $$$, which will never come.

4. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

well the main reason for this is that many ppl who had s5 didnt want to update cuz they will lose many important features like water resistance micoSD and removable battery i wish that samsung will consider this in the next note (although i think that there will be no more removable battery in samsung devices)

26. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

44. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

The s6 active is expected to be almost G4 size, while having the same s6 screen. only 66% screen to body... otherwise the active would be perfect

5. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I'm sure sammy will have sold more s6 units than the s4 and s5 by the end of the year.

89. Sauce5 unregistered

At this rate, doesn't seem so.

100. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

it will though.

105. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Best shot is at the start and every day that passes more phones hit the market newer ones so no it might not.

109. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I'm pretty sure it will the s6 only launched in 20 countries so far and the s5 launched in 125 countries (from release date). its pretty amazing how many s6 devices that have been sold so far considering that its available in very few markets.

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