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Apple’s favorite problem has spread to Samsung

Zach Epstein
April 9th, 2015 at 9:20 AM
Galaxy S6 Edge Release

What will Samsung copy next?! Sarcasm is all too easy when it comes to Samsung and copycat jokes, but this latest instance is a particularly interesting one.

Apple often has a problem that accompanies new device launches. We’ve seen it with iPhones and iPads, and now it looks like we’ll see it again with the Apple Watch, according to recent reports. The problem, of course, is that the company can never seem to build enough supply to keep up with demand at launch.

Now, it looks like Apple’s top rival is about to face a similar challenge beginning tomorrow.

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There are certainly worse problems to have, and Samsung is all too familiar with those worse problems. Say, for example, profits that have continued to fall on-year for the past several consecutive quarters.

Now, however, it looks like the company may be turning a corner. Samsung’s bleeding slowed substantially in the first quarter of the year, and the two most exciting phones the company has ever made finally launch tomorrow.

You’ll probably be able to find one of them.

According to Samsung’s mobile boss JK Shin, the Galaxy S6 edge will be in short supply when it is released on Friday, April 10th. As The Wall Street Journal noted, Shin said the shortages are related to difficulties in the manufacturing process related to the phone’s curved display and glass.

“We’re working hard to resolve the difficulty in supply,” Shin said, though he admitted that the shortages could last “for a while.”

In our Galaxy S6 review, we said the S6 was the most impressive smartphone Samsung has ever made, both inside and out. The edge version of the phone adds some additional design flair to the handset, and it also adds $100 to its price tag.

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will both be released tomorrow, April 10th.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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