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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 Nortel on 12/28/2012 10:38:44 AM , Rating: 0
Apparently replying with "use iTunes" was too much for you to muster. Heck, legally purchasing music/movies on the iPhone couldn't be easier.

I laugh when people call the iPhone overpriced. It's the same price as the overpriced plastic Samsung offerings and has a way better camera, screen and battery life.

RE: A tale of two cities
By Mint on 12/28/2012 11:23:45 AM , Rating: 2
It's the same price as the overpriced plastic Samsung offerings and has a way better camera, screen
Yeah, you keep telling yourself that. The only phone with a "way better camera" than the competition are the Lumia 808 and 920. All other top phones are splitting hairs.

How are Apple screens way better? Samsung have paved new ground with AMOLED, and personally I will never buy another phone with LCD again after seeing the near-infinite contrast and colors (which I can tone down for photo viewing if I want) of OLED.

Apple has lower resolution to boot. It's hilarious when I hear Apple brainwashed claim higher PPI is sharper. Hold the larger 720p/768p screens further away and voila: sharper image hitting your retina.

RE: A tale of two cities
By Cheesew1z69 on 12/28/2012 11:25:08 AM , Rating: 2
How are Apple screens way better?
Because it's APPLE! DUH!

RE: A tale of two cities
By Mint on 12/28/2012 11:31:21 AM , Rating: 2
Oh yeah, and price? Equal MSRP doesn't mean equal price. The S3 has long cost less than the top iPhone, an it's not even close when you add in the price of extra storage options.

The iPhone is pretty much the best SMALL smartphone, i.e for those who want something light and see absolutely no value in a >4" screen. For everyone else, there are better options.

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