Samsung working on ultra-premium Galaxy F line to launch next year?

Samsung working on ultra-premium Galaxy F line to launch next year?It's time for more Samsung news, folks. That's right, talk of a gold Galaxy S4 double-act and a curved-screened Galaxy Note 3 Active might be enough to keep most phone makers busy, but not Samsung.

Korea's finest reportedly has far grander plans – namely a new premium range of smartphones that will slot in above the current Galaxy S line, and is likely to be called the Galaxy F series.

From ETNews [translated] comes the notion that Samsung has decided just the two flagship launches a year (Galaxy Note and Galaxy S) isn't enough, and intends to raise the bar still higher by introducing a whole new grade of mobile device.

It would at least explain Samsung's seeming indifference to the allure (real or perceived) of the supposedly flagship Galaxy S line. From celebrating the use of plastic to happily diluting the brand with endless spin-offs, Samsung has flogged the Galaxy S brand to the extent that there's now plenty of room above it for something a little more exclusive.

So what are we talking about, then? Well, by and large just further extensions of the high-end smartphone components of today. A high-quality metal case and an octo-core processor are a given, and a beyond-1080p OLED display and CMOS camera sensor could be on the cards too.

It's probably too early for any serious speculation about the details, but we wouldn't be too surprised to see a whole new class of Samsung device getting ready to muscle into the smartphone scene this time next year.

Via Unwired View

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 25, 2013 at 20:54

Added, the rumour that the Galaxy S 5 will come in both Android and Tizen flavour.
Oh, and apparently the Note 3 is totally flopping in Korea as "we speak"!

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 25, 2013 at 21:12

OLED displays are, by all accounts, something rather special. I've been waiting years for them to become a financially viable purchase for my "man cave" (the room the Mrs banishes me to when I want to play games :p).

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 25, 2013 at 22:37

Your badcave, eh?!

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 25, 2013 at 22:52

Your badcave, eh?!
Sadly, it's just the dining room we never used with a sofa, TV and Xbox in it haha :p.

socialjeebus  Sep. 26, 2013 at 04:20

Added, the rumour that the Galaxy S 5 will come in both Android and Tizen flavour.
Oh, and apparently the Note 3 is totally flopping in Korea as "we speak"!


Really Jan?

Says who?

The estimates I've seen suggest pre-orders were down by around 10~15% from last year but that given that the price was hiked by 15~20% that's to be expected.

It'll be interesting to see because it only went on sale yesterday and the stores near me had no stock due to pre-orders but that could largely be because I live in a relatively wealthy area.

There's other factors at play (which will also hit the iPhone when it gets released here) - the major factor being the reduction in handset subsidies by carriers so people are not upgrading.

Korea doesn't have the same queueing mentality either (nobody waits for anything - let alone queuing all night for a phone).

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 26, 2013 at 06:29

socialjeebus,
it's why i said "rumour"... => http://english.etnews.com/communication/2835015_1300.html#ystfuv

socialjeebus  Sep. 26, 2013 at 08:37

Yeah, ET aren't bad - but it's just speculation.

The rumour has is that the 5C is a complete bust in Asia (currently being outsold 11:1 in Japan). There's even talk of some outlets reporting no sales at all of the 5C.

Which brings us back to the old shipment vs. sales argument.

Smart phones sales have plummeted across the board in Korea, partly due to new restrictions, partly due to the growing sub-prime crisis here.

It'll be interesting to see the figures internationally.

I think Sammy would have been better bringing the release forward or pushing it back.

As it is I think it's almost certain that the Note 3 and iPhone 5C will suffer from the 5C.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 26, 2013 at 09:22

I reckon smartphone sales are down almost everywhere. They still talk shipped numbers, but people buy less. I have no doubt.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 26, 2013 at 09:23

Still see more iPhone 4/4S and SgS3 than their updates... still see more Wildfires than any other HTC :p

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 26, 2013 at 12:43

Still see more iPhone 4/4S and SgS3 than their updates... still see more Wildfires than any other HTC :p
+1 to that

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