Samsung looks to share more components across its smartphone models to reduce costs

When it comes to smartphones, Samsung’s previous philosophy has obviously been “more is better.” In 2014 alone, the company has released:
Galaxy S5
Galaxy S5 mini
Galaxy S5 Active
Galaxy S5 Sport
Galaxy S5 LTE-A
Galaxy S5 Plus
Galaxy F
Galaxy W
Galaxy Mega 2
Galaxy Alpha
Galaxy A3
Galaxy A5
Galaxy Note 4
Galaxy Note Edge
And we’re sure that we’ve probably missed a few in there somewhere, but you get the idea.

 Samsung Galaxy A3

However, following its most recent earnings report where the company’s mobile division reported a 74 percent drop in profit, Samsung is looking to streamline its smartphone offerings for 2015. The company is looking to reduce the number of new smartphone models next year by as much as 30 percent in an effort to reduce costs and better manage design/engineering resources according to The Wall Street Journal.
In addition, Samsung will “increase the number of components shared across mid- to low-end models, so that we can further leverage economies of scale.”


Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung last month announced plans to “fundamentally reform [its] product portfolio” and “significantly enhance [its] competitiveness for each price tier” to better compete with “budget” smartphone manufactures like Xiaomi and Huawei at the low-end. Samsung has also seen pressure on the high-end, as devices like the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have encroached into a market long dominated by the Galaxy Note family of phablets.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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