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Galaxy S6 Edge demand leads Samsung to open third factory for screen production

Demand for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge continues to be very strong, leading Samsung to open a third factory up earlier than scheduled, in order to ramp up screen production.

Published onApril 27, 2015

Last year, Samsung found its way into a number of bleak articles proclaiming that the company’s mobile division was heading downward and that a big change was needed if the Korean giant wanted to stay on top. This criticism was mostly aimed at the Samsung Galaxy S5, which went on to perform quite modestly compared to initial projections for the device. Thankfully, with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung seems to have finally delivered the experience many were waiting for.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are garnering a lot of positive attention not only for the redesigned aesthetics, but for the less bloated software that finally helps TouchWiz perform on a similar level to other Android OEM skins. While it’s unclear exactly how well the GS6 and S6 Edge are doing so early into their releases, one thing is clear: the Galaxy S6 Edge seems to be the crowd favorite.

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We have already written before about how the Galaxy S6 Edge is selling much better than Samsung initially predicted, leading to a global shortage, with Samsung doing its best to ramp up production. To further these efforts, Samsung has now begun production for its curved displays at a third factory. According to “people with direct knowledge” of Samsung’s plans, Production line A3 will allow Samsung Display to produce about 5 million screens a month, up from the current 2 million.

Samsung had always planned on using the plant for screen production, but it wasn’t supposed to go live until sometime in June. The demand for the Galaxy S6 Edge sped up those plans, however. So what does this mean for the Edge, long term? Basically it should mean that Samsung will be able to catch up with product demand sooner rather than later, and should go a long ways in helping Samsung achieve its goal of over 70 million sales for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge combined.

What do you think of Samsung’s latest — are you in love with the Edge, or prefer the standard Galaxy S6? Conversely, do you feel that neither phone meets your expectations? Let us know in the comments.

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