Samsung Facing Galaxy S6 Edge Supply Shortage

Samsung Electronics Co.'s mobile chief J.K. Shin stated on Thursday that there could be limited supplies of its new curved-screen smartphone because of the difficulties in manufacturing the screens.

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Samsung Facing Galaxy S6 Edge Supply Shortage

Mr. Shin, speaking at a media event in Seoul ahead of the global launch of the company's new flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone Friday, said that while the curved-screen Galaxy S6 Edge has garnered strong demand, the screens are difficult to manufacture.

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"We're working hard to resolve the difficulty in supply," Mr. Shin said, noting the supply issue could persist "for a while."

Many analysts said potential hiccups in component supply could hinder the success of Samsung's new smartphones.

The curved-screen model has garnered positive reviews for its unique design, leading some to forecast that the Edge could exceed demand of the flat-screen Galaxy S6.

Samsung Facing Galaxy S6 Edge Supply Shortage

Mr. Shin declined to provide shipment forecasts for the pair of new Galaxy S6 smartphones, which go on sale globally Friday. But he said he expects shipments will exceed the predecessor model.

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On the high end, Apple's enlarged iPhones drove record sales and challenged Samsung's dominance of premium large-screen smartphones.

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