Samsung announced the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in early March, and the smartphones are scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. this week. Despite the fact that the Galaxy S6 Edge is billed as Samsung’s ultimate flagship, most reviewers have cautioned potential customers to skip it entirely as its curved display is more gimmicky than useful and its $100 price premium is a bit much to swallow.
However, according to The Wall Street Journal, it doesn’t appear that customers are listening to reviewers. Instead, Samsung is facing shortages of the Galaxy S6 Edge. The immense demand coupled with the difficulty in producing the display — which curves on both the left- and right-hand side — makes for a device that may seem extremely limited supply when it launches in the United States.
“We’re working hard to resolve the difficulty in supply,” said Samsung mobile chief J.K. Shin. He added that the Samsung is working hard to meet demand, but stressed that the Galaxy S6 Edge supply woes could continue “for a while.”
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will be available tomorrow on AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular. Although pricing varies among carriers, the Galaxy S6 typically runs for $599 off contract while the Galaxy S6 Edge rings in at $699 — both prices are for smartphones with 32GB of internal storage. 64GB and 128GB options are available for an additional $100 and $200 respectively.
Both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are equipped with an octa-core Samsung Exynos processor, 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, and a 16MP rear camera. The smartphones have also gained more premium materials with heavy use of aluminum and glass, however, features like a removable battery, waterproofing, and a microSD slot (staples of the previous generation Galaxy S5) had to be jettisoned as a result.