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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. 

Source: Korea Times

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RE: A tale of two cities
By Roffles on 12/27/2012 2:34:29 PM , Rating: 2
All you're really saying here is you don't know what you're talking about. The truth is that having to tie your phone to a power outlet for 3-4 hours at a time and not being able to expand your local storage are, in fact, the definition of a gimmick.

Us normal, intelligent folks understand that swapping out a dead battery for a new one (a process that takes less than 60 seconds compared to tethering it to an outlet for half a day) and expanding my local storage (64GB microSDXC for ~$70 compared to paying an extra $100 for 32GB integrated) are nothing more than added features that make the phone a better bargain and more useful. You can spin it any way you want but facts are facts -- these are FEATURES that give the GS3 an advantage.

And of all the reviews, BY PROFESSIONAL REVIEWERS, I've ever read or seen on tech sites and YouTube, they all prefer the feel in the hand and feel in the pocket of the GS3 over HTC's and Motorola's competing Android offerings. In fact, the only time I ever hear "cheap plastic" is on Internet forums like this from people who can easily be identify as not having handled the phone for any measurable amount of time to develop a meaningful opinion.

The only way I will choose a phone that lacks expandable storage and replaceable battery is when phone technology advances to the point where you can go 18-24 hours on a charge with heavy use and comes with 80GB+ storage. We'll be lucky if that happens in 2013.

At any rate, your thought process is completely backwards. I mean, you're railing on a phone that OFFERS MORE FEATURES because your friends don't use them -- that's actually funny and I would point at you and laugh if you had said it to my face. As if you don't understand why the GS3 was sold in numbers that dwarfed HTC and Motorola's competitive offerings in 2012.

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