In between October and December, Samsung has officially turned up a profit of roughly $5.1 billion USD or 6.1 trillion Korean won. This is actually an improvement over previous year's 5.3 trillion won. In spite of the significant 15 percent increase, it fell short of an estimated 6.6 trillion won. What is disappointing from Samsung's point of view is the fact that the difference between their previous year's quarterly profit (52.7 trillion won) and 2015's quarterly profit (53 trillion won) is almost negligible.
When Samsung publishes a more detailed report on their sales later this month, we will be able to analyze the performances of its multiple business divisions more accurately. Most business analysts are however, quite sure that the Korean MNC has taken a hit in their smartphone department. Multiple Chinese mobile phone manufacturers have entered the industry in the last few years and thanks to their extremely aggressive pricing, the budget to midrange section of the phone industry has changed a lot. It is worth mentioning that a deprived global economy is also to be blamed for an unimpressive rise in sales.
According to Samsung's CEO Kwon Oh Hyun, the company is going to have quite a tough year in 2016 as the competition is about to reach new levels of heat. In fact, competition is not going to stay confined to their smartphone business alone as television sets and memory chips are fair game as well now. As the electronics giant focussed on Samsung Pay at the CES this year, we will just have to wait and see how Samsung's new strategy to concentrate on software more than hardware pans out at the end of the year in terms of sales.
Samsung Galaxy Fold was one of the foldable and had some doubts in the consumer's mind about the whole foldable thing. Despite the device went for sale and the figures were okay, there was something about the phone that people didn't like. It could be its weight, fragile screen, or big screen that made some people uncomfortable while making calls. The Galaxy Z flip is different though. It becomes a normal size phone when folds and expands into a mini-tablet. The Z flip is compact and fits perfectly in a pocket. At the same time, Samsung introduced a screen covering that is much more resistant to damage while using daily, with hinge improvements that seem more durable than its predecessor's design.
Samsung seems to be proud of its latest display design on the Galaxy Z flip, or display covering to be accurate. The device screen is covered with glass and not with plastic. After using the fold some people didn't like its display, so Samsung decided to improve the screen this time. The only problem here is that the display covering is more fragile than the Gorilla Glass 6 on a Galaxy S10. But this screen covering can also fold in half. If you can't handle a phone that is still in the experimental phase and has some fragile aspects, you should consider buying a Galaxy S20 instead.
Samsung also experimented with the software and Android 10 One UI 2. It's just a Galaxy S10 feeling when opened. Samsung did some interesting things by using the multi-window interface on the Fold. The flex model view options on the Z flip allow you to bend the phone to a roughly 90-degree angle and have a split view on the vertical and horizontal space. Flex mode works with only a few apps lie the camera, gallery app, Duo video calls, and the always-on display clock mode. The z flip has had YouTube working in flex mode, but that wasn't on my retail unit.
Corning has just announced the fifth version of their protective glass for smartphones and tablets and it is a significant improvement over the Gorilla Glass 4. According to the manufacturer, a device sporting Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection will be able to stay unscathed even when dropped from a height of up to 1.6 meters and on its face. They believe that this will protect dropped smartphones in about eighty-percent of the cases.
Apparently, Corning concentrated on and established 1.6m as the benchmark after doing quite a bit of market research. It was found that 60% of the smartphones that are dropped by users fall from an altitude that ranges in between waist height to shoulder height. Although one can argue that the shoulder height and the waist height will vary from person to person, we guess Corning chose the 1.6m mark as the average. Have you ever dropped your phone from a height higher than 1.6m? If you did, did your smartphone survive the nasty fall or did the screen shatter? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung Gear S will make its way to the United States at some point this fall. The Korean giant announced the upcoming availability of its latest smartwatch.
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile will all offer the 3G-capable wearable device. Pricing and exact availability of the gadget will be announced at a later date.
The Samsung Gear S features curved 2" Super AMOLED display, extensive connectivity suite, and Tizen OS.