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Samsung's flagship phone is king of the Android market

Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) continues on its tear in the smartphone industry.  Nearly as profitable as arch-rival Apple, Inc. (AAPL) [1][2], Samsung is on pace to sell 390 million smartphones this year, an incredible number.

Early sales numbers from the Galaxy S IV are looking healthy.  Despite criticism over its plastic-body, strong marketing appears to have come through for Samsung.  The company's co-CEO JK Shin announced to The Korea Times that the handset will hit the 10 million unit sales mark next week, a mere four weeks after its global launch.

By contrast, Samsung's last-generation flagship phone, the Galaxy S IIItook seven weeks to hit that mark.

The Samsung handset had a rather bizarre unveil:


... but appears to be keeping pace sales-wise.  It should get another little boost on June 26, when an unlocked version comes to Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Play store, priced at $649 USD.

Source: Korea Times



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RE: Context
By Mint on 5/18/2013 6:16:56 PM , Rating: 2
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None of this has been at the expense of the iPhone, it still grows sales in the high end space.
The latter does not prove the former. You can be damn sure that without Samsung, the iPhone would have more sales.


RE: Context
By TakinYourPoints on 5/20/2013 2:13:24 AM , Rating: 2
This is certainly true, you are correct. iPhone sales still dominate the high end but you are right that these are lost sales in the high end regardless.

It could also mean lost sales in the low end, but I think that the low end and high end are relatively discreet markets, much like it is for CPUs and GPUs. Someone who's going to buy a GTX 680 is going to buy a GTX 680 and someone who's going to buy a GT520 is just going to buy that, and they won't meet.


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