The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are impressive flagship smartphones, but exactly how well they’ve been selling is still a contested subject. While initially expected to shift around 70 million units, early sales reports suggested that consumer adoption was slower than anticipated. The latest revised forecast for Samsung’s latest flagship predicts that it will sell around 45 million units by the end of 2015, according to the Korea Herald.
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. The S5 failed to live up to the success of its predecessor and resulted in a remarkable decline in Samsung’s smartphone shipments and company profits last year. Strong sales for its Galaxy S6 would help prove to skeptics that Samsung is still capable of producing desirable high-end hardware.
This latest report is the most conservative estimate that we have heard so far but other analysts are still predicting much higher numbers. Although this could be a sign that firms are beginning to reign in their expectations. Yonhap still anticipates the handset to put in a performance around the 70 million mark, while industry tracker DRAMeXchange had estimated combined sales of 55 million and Couterpoint Research puts the number at around 50 million.
The consensus seems to be that combined sales of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will surpass those of the Galaxy S4. The unique curved display of the S6 Edge is said to be one of the major driving factor in the handset’s popularity. We will just have to wait for some official figures.
Although a bit lower than some expectations, 45 million units sold would still likely be seen as a success for the Galaxy S6, especially as the Galaxy S5 missed its sales target by some 40 percent.
Do you think that Samsung’s S6 range will put the company back on top?