Galaxy S6 devices 'fail to outshine' predecessors

Galaxy S6 devices 'fail to outshine' predecessors
Global shipments of Samsung's Galaxy S6 (left) and S6 Edge had exceeded 10 million units about one month after they hit global markets, said Yonhap News. PhoneArena claims that the S5 took 25 days to hit the same milestone.

SEOUL - The global shipment numbers for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are finally in. Did the new flagship smartphones outshine their predecessors? Unfortunately, the answer is no.

Samsung confirmed on Wednesday that global shipments of its Galaxy S6 models had exceeded 10 million units about one month after they hit global markets, according to South Korean media outlet Yonhap News.

The statistics were reportedly revealed by a senior Samsung executive.

In comparison, PhoneArena claimed that the Galaxy S5 and S4 took 25 and 27 days, respectively, to hit the same milestone.

Samsung's archrival Apple took only three days to sell (not ship) 10 million units of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Assuming that the reported figures are accurate, it would be a huge disappointment for Samsung.

Reuters earlier reported that Samsung expected record shipments for the Galaxy S6 models. The company also said that there was overwhelming demand for the gold Galaxy S6 models in Europe.

Supply shortages and poor yields of the curved display could be reasons for the sales performance.

When asked whether there was a supply shortage of the Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung mobile chief Shin Jong Kyun said that "the supply increased in May, compared to April". He also commented that sales were "cruising smoothly".

Can the blue topaz Galaxy S6 and green emerald Galaxy S6 Edge help fuel more sales for Samsung? Or does the firm need the help of an Avenger - the Iron Man edition of the Galaxy S6 Edge?

It remains to be seen.

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