Report: Samsung takes record 20 million orders for Galaxy S6, S6 Edge

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge set off a blistering pace of orders, already racking up 20 million before its official launch.

That’s according to a report in The Korea Times, which says it’s a record number of early orders for any of the company’s smartphones. The orders break down as 15 million for the Galaxy S6, and 5 million for the S6 Edge.

Note that these are orders placed by retailers and carriers, not pre-orders placed by consumers.

The Galaxy S6 is powered by Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos processor with 3GB of RAM. It also has a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 2,550mAh battery pack.

The Galaxy S6 Edge screen bends over on each side, though not as dramatically as the Galaxy Note Edge.

With this release, Samsung is trying to reverse its fortunes, which saw it losing marketshare to Apple and other competitors in the Android space. Samsung is stepping up its build quality, as many other devices like the HTC One and phones from LG have been far more remarkable to look at than the boring plastic build that Samsung used for its devices.

The story behind the story: Samsung gave its Galaxy flagship the most radical overhaul it’s done, going with a metal-and-glass build and eliminating removable batteries and an SD card slot. It left us impressed in our initial hands-on, though we’ll have to give it a more detailed review to see if it’s worth your money.

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