Samsung to reduce smartphone models by up to 30%

Samsung to reduce smartphone models by up to 30%Samsung recently endured its worst quarter in years, and as such the South Koreans are desperately trying to plug the various holes threatening to sink the smartphone Titanic.

In what definitely sounds like a sensible plan to us, Samsung reveals it’ll cut back on the number of Galaxy smartphone models by up to 30% next year.

That’s the story over on The Wall Street Journal, crediting Robert Yi, head of investor relations, with subsequent confirmation by a Samsung spokesperson.

We’re not told which ranges or models are facing the axe, but it’s probably fair to say the super-successful Galaxy S and Galaxy Note will hang around.

We’re not too sure about the recent A-series, however. Samsung finally delivered all-metal phones in the form of the A3 and A5, but the specs were decidedly middle-of-the-road.

Likewise, we could do without pointless Core and Plus variants of Galaxy smartphones. Did you know there was a Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus? Me neither.

Oddly, however, this story flies in the face of a recent rumour that suggested Samsung would introduce yet another Galaxy range – with an as-yet-unknown letter – next year. Don’t do it, Samsung. Step away from the production line.

In related news, the inevitable Samsung Galaxy S6 is supposedly being built from the ground up, with the internal codename Project Zero.

If I were in charge at Samsung Mobile, I’d be looking to produce something akin to the Motorola Moto G, a wallet-friendly phone with decent specs, and perhaps an all-metal HTC One-style flagship. But what the heck do I know? NOTHING.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 18, 2014 at 14:35

"build from the ground up"... Yo!
Nonsense, I bet. They probably have multiple devices in development at any point in time.
Maybe a designated team to think out of the box. They'll just pick one that looks different enough. It'll be 98.3% Galaxy S5...

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 18, 2014 at 15:32

PS: ironic to see this article in "related news" just to the right =>

SpeedyG  Nov. 19, 2014 at 22:04

Can Samsung ever drop the galaxy and start a new phone brand to change fortunes? It's pretty saturated now.

equ7  Nov. 20, 2014 at 01:11

Samsung watered down the Galaxy brand them selves with phones like the Galaxy Ace 3 that really is so far from a premium product....... The Rosetta space craft is nearer. Damage done.....

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