Samsung removed its logo from the Galaxy S6 in Japan, but that didn't help

Samsung removed its logo from the Galaxy S6 in Japan, but that didn't help
Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge darlings are marching victoriously, occupying the top sales ranks in almost all regions, with a glaring exception - Japan. There, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge occupied the 30th and 26th place in the weekly model sales report that ended May 3rd. The flagships were off to a somewhat more convincing start right post-launch in the Land of the Rising Sun, but afterwards things quickly went awry.

Adding insult to injury is that Samsung even removed its own logo from the Japanese models, leaving only the Galaxy brand on prominent display. Analysts are attributing sluggish sales of Samsung's new flagships to the recent mild freeze in relationships between Japan and South Korea, due to some arguments over history books. 

Moreover, they add, there is a great deal of idealizing the West, and particularly popular American products in Japan, which explains why Apple's iPhone line is continuously occupying the top sales ranks there, where the iPhone 6, for example, currently sits at number one, despite being released way back in September.

Other than in Japan, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge seems to be off to a strong start. They are in the top five of phone models sold in the U.K., the top three in Germany, and the preorder volume in China has been four times higher than with the Galaxy S5, for instance.

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63 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It has nothing to do with the product, it is all about the politics.

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

These people who don't buy the product just because of the politics are just plain dumb. But this kind of politics hatred thing will go away soon, just like Sony in China.

49. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

not really. it's just a demonstration of their nationalism. you'd be dumber if you continue supporting your perceived enemies by buying their products. besides, they have myriad other options.

18. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

if samsung galaxy is selling,, its all about the product. if its not, it has something to do with politics.. LOL! next excuse please...

20. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

So what other reason could there be considering it's doing extremely well in every other country? Notice that Gangnam Style was a smash hit all over the globe except in Japan? Do you think it's mere coincidence? Japanese people have a hard time admitting that South Korea has surpassed their once-relevant country, and it stings them, so they try to stay as far away from anything Korean.

50. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

this is an excellent example of fanboyism. so japan is no longer relevant? why is samsung trying to sell its products there?

66. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

LOL Gangnam style wasn't popular in Japan = Korean hate? Hmmm maybe that's why Korean pop groups like Kara, Girls Generation etc aren't popular in Japan....OH WAIT

72. willard12 unregistered

I suppose you think they took the logos off to make it a better product? Ask Ikea if there are political considerations between Korea and Japan. http://m.yna.co.kr/mob2/en/contents_en.jsp?domain=3&ctype=A&site=0100000000&cid=AEN20141119006400320&mobile

77. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Kpop is very famous in Japan but in form of boyband and girlgroup.

78. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Supernova, is that you? :)

94. Gambit_jp79

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Do you have any doubt ?

88. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Good point. There was similar anti-Japanese sentiment in the 60's in the US when Japanese products, especially cars started selling better than US cars

90. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

What other reason??? Maybe they just too expensive for them

96. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Same thing US citizens should do. We should all stop supporting devices not made in America that are owned by an American company. But US citizens are to stupid to even care. I actually envy Japan for support its country like that. That is how it is suppose to be.

100. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Haha, then you would have nothing at all to buy! Stupid americans have outsourced all your production for profit except for fighter planes, but I guess you can't afford one of those? US made products don't exist anymore. Oh another thing, you redneck: the iPee6 was the most popular phone in Japan? Guess who makes by far the most components in it? Samsung! So much for not buying korean!

75. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

It doesn't sell only because it sucks. period.

84. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Selling like hotcakes the world over. But that's not surprisung, as the huge majority of tech reviewers have rated it the best smartphone available. Interesting fact: sales of the GS6 are directly proportional to your consumption of Prep H and tissues.

91. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

No, you are wrong. Google's search statistics tell the 8 months old iPhones are more than twice sought after than GS6/Edge. FYI, it was almost a tie between 5s S5 last year, and we know 5s wiped the floor with S5 in sales number in May. It looks really grim for Sammy. S6 is a giga flop.

93. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

And you had a reaction like a idiotic brat and retarded saying that those Apple products are better than the Galaxy S6. Almost all people know that it is not true. Calm down because the sales of the Galaxy S6 are in the beginning. If they sell better now it's because those people who buy those phones are retarded and buy outdated overpriced phones only because of their logo in the back.

2. brian81

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

I think even the z3 or z4....Japanese love western products:)

16. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Price guys, price...s6 edge shouldn't cost more than the iPhone 6.

19. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

You are naive if you think this has anything to do with price. The S6 and S6 Edge are topping the charts in every country not named Japan. This has everything to do with Japanese people hating Korea and its products.

24. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Why not? More advanced in every single way, If anything the iPhone should be tons cheaper.

26. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

Why not? Screen is better, processor is better, RAM is better, memory is better - and these are not subjective opinions but hard objective facts.

98. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol um this is the dumbest thing I have ever read. its costs a lot more than an iPhone 6 to manufacture,

47. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

To say and I am on the android side, apple looks to make more smooth OS.Does not matter ram or display, simple the experience gives on the two handsets quiet the same quality. Just apple £539 < samsung edge £750 Samsung just started to be innovative but the apple from the beginning is being.I am not apple fun, all my gadgets almost Samsung.

51. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm not entirely sure what you said, but it was wrong.

76. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

You people are bunch of fools!!! You argue about religion, they way a person looks, and now arguing about a phone, a device. Be real get a life. There are people with real life struggles, cancer, unemployment etc, pathetic.

80. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Is this surprising ? Foreign product never did well in Japan especially electronic product.

86. Limcheethiam

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

I think US is most successful country because people of all countries are buying Apple Product even US have fought with so many countries.

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