The Galaxy S6 is looking to be a much needed early winner for Samsung this year. The need for additional Galaxy S6 production capacity was already been rumored earlier in the month, and this time sources are stating that the Galaxy S6 Edge in particular is seeing higher demand than expected from retail and carrier partners. Samsung is now expected to triple the originally planned production volume of the S6 Edge.
According to the Korean media, Samsung is looking for additional suppliers for the Galaxy S6 Edge’s touchscreen panel (TSP). Apparently, Alps Electronics, currently Samsung’s only supplier, does not have sufficient production capacity to keep up with demand. It is currently unclear which other suppliers Samsung may end up working with, but S-MAC has been rumored has one potential subcontractor.
The Galaxy S6 Edge’s curved display is more difficult and expensive to produce than the regular S6’s AMOLED display. Originally, it seems that Samsung may have planned a more limited supply of its Edge design for these reasons, just like with the Galaxy Note Edge, but there appears to be a strong appetite for Samsung’s more premium design. Analysts are anticipating strong demand and 20 million unit pre-orders have already been reported for Samsung’s latest flagship.
With US pre-orders scheduled to begin tomorrow and many regions already accepting early purchases, we will have to see if high demand leads to any Galaxy S6 Edge stock shortages following the global release on April 10th.