Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge Preorders Hit 20 Million, Reports Claim - InformationWeek
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3/9/2015
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Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge Preorders Hit 20 Million, Reports Claim

In South Korea, reports claim that Samsung has already taken 20 million preorders for its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones.

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Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones globally on April 10.

In order to assure availability for their customers, wireless network operators around the world are placing huge orders for the two devices, according to published reports coming from South Korea. The fervent channel-filling activity suggests consumers may be interested in the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, too.

"Samsung received some 20 million pre-orders for the S6 and S6 Edge," said a top executive at a leading mobile network operator in Europe to The Korea Times. Samsung has taken orders for "15 million of [the] S6 and 5 million [of the] S6 Edge from mobile carriers worldwide. This is a record," claimed the unnamed exec. The source said his own employer had a favorable opinion of the device following its debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on March 1.

These are not orders placed by individuals. Rather, they are orders placed by the companies that will eventually sell the devices to people at wireless retail stores. The large number of orders won't necessarily reflect sales to end consumers, but it is a helpful gauge of the impact the device may have. Unfortunately, similar preorder numbers for the Galaxy S5 or S4, which might be used for comparison, aren't available.

Apple typically places massive orders for its devices ahead of launch. Consider the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which racked up consumer pre-orders of 4 million in the first 24 hours and actually sold 10 million over the first weekend. In order to meet those numbers, Apple itself ordered in excess of 20 million devices from suppliers.

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In the US, Verizon Wireless is the only company that has said when it will start taking orders for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Verizon is opening the virtual door on April 1, but did not say when orders for the two smartphones might ship. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and other carriers have so far remained silent about when to expect the devices. Moreover, there's no word at all on US pricing. Retailers in Europe have priced the S6 and S6 Edge at 700 and 850 euros, respectively, which amounts to about $760 and $925. Samsung's Galaxy S4 and S5 had full retail prices in the US of $649. Wireless network operators will sell the S6/S6 Edge with and without contracts, as well as through monthly payment plans.

The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge trade in plastic materials for metal and glass. They sport 5.1-inch 2K screens, Exynos processors, 16-megapixel cameras with optical image stabilization, 3 GB of RAM, and 32, 64, or 128 GB of internal storage. The phones don't have removable batteries or expandable memory, but support QuickCharge technology and multiple wireless charging standards.

The smartphones will run Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box with Samsung's TouchWiz user interface.

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tjgkg
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3/10/2015 | 12:46:52 PM
Re: Ordered by Carriers
One would assume that carriers are ordering large quantities of the phone because their research indicates that the demand is there. So far all the reports about this phone are very good. It could be that Galaxy fans have been waiting for a phone like this since the S4. It will have some really good new features and be housed in a case with much upgraded materials.
SakethK677
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3/10/2015 | 3:18:54 AM
Re: Nice, I'm still lugging a Note II around
to all those fools who think they need SD card in galaxy S6 , its pretty simple why they didnt add it , S 6 uses UFS 2.0 NAND flash memory as internal memory which is 28 x faster than any external SD you use , if you use a normal SD card with that phone , you wont get the amazing reading speed it holds ,it just sacrificed a stupid SD card slot and gave u ability to read data 28 x faster , they also gave 115 GB free cloud storage and a 128 GB variant ,you can never have SD card unless they release a UFS 2.0 version SD cards in market , yeah till then keep ur S 5 , good dayy
SakethK677
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3/10/2015 | 3:17:11 AM
Re: Nice, I'm still lugging a Note II around
to all those people who think they need SD card in galaxy S6 , its pretty simple why they didnt add it , S 6 uses UFS 2.0 NAND flash memory as internal memory which is 28 x faster than any external SD you use , if you use a normal SD card with that phone , you wont get the amazing reading speed it holds ,it just sacrificed a stupid SD card slot and gave u ability to read data 28 x faster , they also gave 115 GB free cloud storage and a 128 GB variant ,everyone cant even understand why they had to ditch , good day
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3/9/2015 | 11:12:42 PM
US Carriers?
Interesting that Verizon is the only one on record as offering the S6...why are the other carriers not announcing plans & pricing yet?
H@mmy
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3/9/2015 | 4:11:10 PM
Re: Nice, I'm still lugging a Note II around
I hope this success doesn't make Samsung to stop using microSD slot and removable battery in their future phones.
H@mmy
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3/9/2015 | 4:07:03 PM
Good Numbers
These numbers refer to preorders from mobile carriers, not consumers, so it's tough to tell how this will stack up against the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models' sales. Assuming the numbers are accurate, this might be major news for Samsung, and it could help the company recoup some of the profits its mobile division lost in recent quarters.
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3/9/2015 | 12:38:02 PM
Re: Nice, I'm still lugging a Note II around
I was planning on ordering the S6, but after finding out the battery can't be changed, because I prefer extended batteries and no SD Card slot... I will pass and keep my S5 and hope they change it for the S7... if not by then I will have to part ways from Samsung and find something that supports what I need.
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3/9/2015 | 12:04:55 PM
Ordered by Carriers
Well, it's good but not really good since these will continue to stay at carriers' warehouse. If this is consumers' preorder, Samsung should celebrate. 

I believe Samung made a bold move on S6 by losing SD Slot, removable battery and waterproof to focus on the premium look and feel of the device. They stopped listening to ninority of users who want everything and pay more attention to business now. That's a good sign. I like the S6 while S6 Edge is quite gimmicky to me.
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3/9/2015 | 11:17:16 AM
Nice, I'm still lugging a Note II around
I've been hankering for something new, but not as big as the Note II.  A colleague has the latest Moto Droid which looks kind of cool - I wonder if the Galaxy S6 is worth staying in the Samsung family for...
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