Samsung Hopes to Sell 390 Million Smartphones Next Year
December 27, 2012 10:50 AM
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Samsung aims high for 2013
With the final days of 2012 upon us, many companies are looking forward to “great success” in 2013. Samsung is expecting to sell 510 million mobile phones next year, which would represent a 20 percent rise compared to 2012.
Of the 510 million mobile phones it expects to sell, 390 million will be smartphones with the remainder coming from the sale of feature/budget phones.
"There are some possibilities that smartphone demand will slow in general. But we are seeing new demand for devices using Long Term Evolution (LTE),'' said Kim Hyun-joon, an executive at Samsung's telecommunications division."
Samsung also announced that it intends to build 240 million devices at its Vietnamese factory, 170 million devices in China, 20 million in India, and 40 million devices at its Korean factory. Samsung also plans to spend $2.2 billion upgrading handset factories in Vietnam by 2020 to boost output.
"By offering better pricing to consumers in developing nations, we will find new growth. This will also enable consumers in developed nations like North America and Europe to buy our LTE devices at more affordable prices,'' said a Samsung official.
Analysts are predicting that Samsung will dethrone Nokia to become the top handset shipper in the world for 2012. Nokia has held that title for 14 years.
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RE: A tale of two cities
12/27/2012 11:46:51 AM
Not everyone sees it the same as you. I was never a big fan of plastic, but I have to say this GS3's plastic is really tough. It doesnt look and feel as nice, but every Aluminum phone I have ever had gets scratched badly and quickly. One drop and its marred. This plastic is super strong and scratch resistant. It looks 100% new and its 5 months old now. It looks and feels plasticky, but it performs bettter than any other material I have ever seen.
I am up in the air if I prefer it or not depending on mood. I love the look and feel of higher quality materials, but I hate seeing scratches.
RE: A tale of two cities
12/28/2012 11:05:24 AM
Don't forget the simplicity (for both manufacturing and the user) of removing the plastic back cover to change the battery or microSD card.
That's a major selling point for their phones, and likely the biggest reason that Samsung is sticking with plastic for its top end phones. I don't think tiny metal latches could have the same flexibility without being prone to snapping or warping.
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