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Not all about Apple Watch; 3 hot smartphones went on sale Friday

Matt Hamblen | April 13, 2015
Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Edge, and HTC's One M9 were on store shelves.

JR Raphael reviewed all three phones for Computerworld. In one report, he compared the HTC One M9 and the Galaxy S6. In a separate review, he called the pricier Edge impressive but also impractical because the subtly sloping edges make the phone harder to use.

All device makers try to manage customer expectations for their new products, and Samsung has been no exception. Samsung's mobile chief J.K. Shin said Thursday that the company expects record shipments of the Galaxy S6, but said Samsung won't be able to keep up with demand for the Edge because the curved screen is harder to make, according to Reuters.

Some analysts have predicted 50 million Galaxy S6's to ship in 2015 -- a period of about 2.5 quarters. By comparison, Apple said it sold nearly 75 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones in the fourth quarter of 2014, which averages out to 37.5 million for each device over 90 days.

Extrapolating to the 230 days that analysts believe it would take to ship the first 50 million Galaxy S6 phones, the iPhone 6 could sell 94 million units for the same period--assuming seasonal sales fluctuations and other factors remain equal. However, sales usually taper off dramatically in the last fews months of the first year of a smartphone's sales.

 

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