Samsung Electronics (NASDAQ:SSNLF) might finally be giving Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) some competition when it comes to smartphones and smartphone sales in the United States – according to reports that say pre-order stats have been leaked. If true, the information that stands right now argues that Samsung has already received a whopping 15 million pre-orders from users at wireless carriers in the United States ahead of the official release date of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. While the raw figures show a pre-order figure around 20 million, it’s been noted that approximately 5 million of them are international preorders that are outside the domestic United States.
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge with huge excitement just a little more than a week ago, and to this point it had been received with huge amounts of anticipation and positive media attention. After the poor launch last year of the Samsung Galaxy S5 though, the company went back to the drawing board and completely recreated the Galaxy S6 to actually create what users were showing the smartphone manufacturer what they wanted.
Skeptics though have argued that there is a flaw in the way Samsung counts preorders, compared to the way that Apple counts them – and it has the field relatively divided when it comes to the information that is available right now. Samsung counts preorders by tallying the number of preorders that are made by wireless carriers, while Apple counts the actual preorders by the consumer – something that could cause massive discrepancies in terms of raw sales when the time comes.
While the report didn’t indicate who had made the most preorders, it could be assumed at this point that Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint were likely the three largest – since they usually are. T-Mobile could also have a stake in the preorder business, but the two biggest contributors to the 15 million domestic preorders would likely have been AT&T as well as Verizon.