All signs are pointing to a very rosy forecast for Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones. The latest estimate comes from a Taiwan-based research firm, which expects Samsung to ship a total of 55 million units of its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in 2015.
That 55 million mark is a 20 percent bump from the original expectations set by DRAMeXchange, a division of market intelligence firm TrendForce. In the first quarter of 2015, Samsung is expected to ship 4.4 million units of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones. In the second quarter, the South Korean technology giant will peak with 22.2 million units shipped, 5 million more units than DRAMeXchange originally estimated.
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Samsung is expected to ship an additional 16.2 million units of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in the third quarter of the year. In the fourth quarter, the company is expected to ship another 12.5 million units of its new flagship phones.
After Samsung debuted the two smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2015 earlier this month, the company “captured the imagination of the consumers with Galaxy S6/S6 Edge’s amazing features and specs,” according to Avril Wu, global smartphone analyst for TrendForce.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge boast a more premium build than their predecessors, as well as wireless charging, a scaled-back version of TouchWiz and an improved camera. The S6 Edge, of course, stands out even more because of its curved display.
Earlier this month, Taiwan-based news site TechNews reported that Samsung might have difficulty keeping up with demand for the Galaxy S6 Edge, due to the time and cost it takes to produce the phone’s curved displays.