While some manufacturers are struggling to turn a profit, Samsung’s problem is comparatively luxurious: from atop your throne as King of Mobile, how do you stop profit decline?
Well, firstly, you throw a ton of weight behind the Samsung Galaxy S5, and then you unveil the long-awaited Samsung Tizen phone in Q2. Sounds like a plan to us.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 launched globally last Friday, April 11, hitting up 125 countries initially – more than twice as many locations as last year’s Galaxy S4.
Samsung Galaxy S5 price is generally thought to be lower than the year-ago Galaxy S4, too, while the accompanying Galaxy Gifts in the US total a whopping $600. Check out this thread for the UK equivalent.
Yoon Han-kil, SVP of Samsung's product strategy team, tells Reuters: "(The S5) is selling faster than the S4 so far, though it's difficult to share specific numbers as we're still at early stages. S5 sales should be much better than the S4."
The Samsung Galaxy S4 famously shifted 10 million units in its first month. Yoon reckons the Galaxy S5 will perform “significantly better”.
As for Samsung’s first Tizen phone, it’s still on the way, and again we’re told the first model will be of the “high-end” variety, while a second model will target the “middle of the market”.
Some had suggested Samsung might eventually move away from Android entirely, focusing instead on Tizen, but a “global patent cross-license agreement” signed in January put paid to that idea.