There is no question that Samsung is set to rake in a lot of profits from selling its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S IV. This, experts say, might put Apple in a precarious position, especially if Samsung is going to launch the Galaxy S IV way ahead of the next IPhone. Samsung is a major supplier of important parts for Apple and its plan of building 100 million units of its high-end device might drain resources away from Apple, as seen by an analyst.
According to a research written by Misek, the spectacular plan makes some suppliers think that Samsung will use up resources that are intended for the production of Apple parts.
Apple may be confronted with problems regarding manufacture of the next series of iPhone. As Misek stated earlier, Apple is having a hard time building a larger display for its iPhone 6 and this can potentially delay the launch of succeeding generations of the smartphone.
Samsung seeks to surpass the 60M-unit sales of the Galaxy S III with the launch of its S IV. On the other hand, Apple will release two new smartphone units this year, the iPhone 5 S and possibly a mini version.
Samsung CEO JK Shin has recently announced that the Galaxy S III has breached its 50 million mark since it was introduced in May last year. This is an impressive feat that the Galaxy S IV now has to beat. The CEO announced it on the same day he appointed co-CEOs for its different business divisions. Also, during the conference, Samsung had nothing but praises for Android as well as Google, ubut announces that it will be phasing out its Ativ tablet because of lack of demand for Windows-based phones.
Weeks before the Galaxy S IV was unveiled in New York on March 14th, Samsung confidently puts the 100M sales objective for the new flagship device. If any of the rumors about what it can do are true, this might be a reasonable objective to have for the S IV.
Beating S III's sales of over 50 million is already an achievement in itself, all the more if the S IV breaches the 100 million mark. That will surely make the news.
Samsung mid-range devices are becoming more and more attuned to the needs of its market and the introduction of phones with bigger display just upped the ante on its drive to improve user experience on all levels of its market. A good example is the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8, which Samsung aims to ship 1M units per month. The company has reportedly placed an order of the same number of LCD panel units to its supplier the Chunghwa Picture Tubes and another supplier, the Giantplus Technology.
The Galaxy Mega will run on a dual-core processor, clocking in at 1.4GHz and will have RAM of 1.5GB. The camera will be a big improvement from typical low-to-mid-end Samsung devices and will have 8MP rear and 2MP front cams. The success of its Grand Duos-another mega-LCD mid-range device has really established a niche among people who need bigger panels but are somehow budget-constrained. The Galaxy Mega is estimated to be shipped next month.
As you probably already know, Samsung Galaxy S4 quickly became the fastest-selling Android phone in history when Samsung announced that channel sales had reached 10 million units in under one month.
While it can't move at that speed forever, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Sue predicts sales will hit 80 million units this year.
"Galaxy S-4 demand in the first month of availability has been incrementally better than our estimate of 10M units. In comparison, the S-III took nearly 2 months (50 days) to achieve the 10M units mark. Our broad-based channel checks at U.S. stores indicate that demand for the 16G S-4 devices remains strong with 32G Black devices mostly sold-out and 32G White devices yet to make it to the stores.
"At this pace, the GS-4 is likely to cross 20M shipments in 2Q13, potentially reaching 80M S-4 unit shipments in CY13. We expect the new version of Samsung's Note (III) to hit retail shelves in September. We expect Apple to have an updated multi-device smartphone portfolio [sic] with the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5 and iPhone mini this year."
Mark Sue also see global smartphone shipments growing 26% to 870 million units in 2013, and then growing a further 20% in 2014 to just over 1 billion units.
Samsung's has now shipped more than 20 million Galaxy S4 phones since the device launched in late April, according to multiple reports from South Korea on Wednesday. The reports cite Samsung mobile chief J.K. Shin as confirming the number.
Samsung shipped 10 million units of the Galaxy S4 by late May. The company is said to have taken around two months for reaching the 20 million mark with their handset. This is certainly great news for the South Korean giant when considering that it took them 100 days to hit the same mark with the Galaxy S3.
Mark Newman, senior analyst at Sanford Bernstein in Hong Kong seemed to reject the rumours too, saying to the Korea Times, "From conversations we had with some of the key suppliers of the GS4, we remain convinced that the production is in line with their original schedule, and well on track to reach our target of 22 million in the second quarter."
According to ETNews.com, the new upgraded Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A has been a huge hit in Korea, with 150 000 units shipped in 14 days since its launch.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A comes with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC rather than the Snapdragon 600 that powers the international version, but is otherwise identical to its predecessor. The international variant comes with a 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 2 GB of RAM, 13 megapixel rear camera, 32 GB in-built memory, microSD card slot and IR port.
Except for iPhone, no foreign smartphone vendor has been able to crack Korean market in the last few years. And Samsung's main rival -LG - has scheduled the announcement of its first LTE-A supporting G2 smartphone for August 7th. Another major smartphone OEM in Korea - Pantech - hasn't even even announced when it plans to have its first LTE-A device ready.
Sony made a very good decision when they decided to launch the Xperia Z, their newest flagship phone. They got ahead of the competition literally by getting launched earlier than the others. When it went on sale, people did not really expect it to do so well, especially since the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has already been launched. Aside from the Galaxy S 4, its main rivals include, the HTC One, iPhone 5, Optimus G Pro, among others.
The Xperia Z is a waterproof design that many find vary useful. It can also be recalled that one of its marketing gimmicks in Prague involved a woman and a man showering and using the Xperia Z, while doing so. Furthermore, design-wise, it has a pretty sturdy build.
This phone is actually quite the underdog. Recently, reports have come out that the Xperia Z has already sold over 40 million from the time that it has been launched (40 days). Also, with Sony's dedication to retain this level of quality in their products, the company should already be proud of what the Xperia Z has achieved in a few weeks since it was launched.