Samsung for the past couple of years has been launching its flagship Galaxy smartphones in two variants. One sporting a flat screen, while the other one having a dual curved edge display. It came as a surprise when the latter proved to be more popular even after being priced higher than the regular variant.
According a report by SamMobile1, Samsung will only be producing the curved display Galaxy S handsets. Samsung s mobile chief Dong-jin Koh said Samsung has considered that it would make the edge display as the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone lineup. This doesn t comes as a guarantee that the company will ditch the flat screen model of the phone, but it s evident that the company can launch the next flagship with only one variant, as they did with the Galaxy Note 7.
If market response is positive, perhaps Samsung might go down with the curved screen design for Galaxy S8 next year, but this is just pure speculation at this moment.
Seoul: South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd expects sales for its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone to exceed those of the previous version launched last year, the head of the company`s mobile business said. A Samsung spokesman confirmed remarks made by Koh Dong-jin, head of the firm`s mobile communications business, during a press conference with South Korean reporters in New York on Wednesday following the firm`s unveiling of the new phone. Koh did not offer specific sales targets, the Samsung spokesman said.
NEW DELHI: Lenovo-Motorola combine has applied for single-brand retail license for opening company-owned showrooms in India as the Chinese company’s mobile sales in the country crossed the one-billion-dollar mark in 2015-16.
The group’s turnover in the year ended March 31, 2016, stood at 1.3 billion dollars, nearly doubling from the $700 million sales in the previous fiscal, said Sudhin Mathur, Director for the Mobile Business Group at Lenovo’s Indian operations. “Sales have been growing at a healthy pace in India and we expect to maintain a strong momentum even during the current fiscal,” Mathur told TOI after launching a new device ‘Vibe K5 Note’. According to numbers collated by industry tracker IDC, Lenovo-Motorola combine sold around 10 million units last fiscal, accounting for nearly 10% share in total smartphone sales of 103 million units.
The company, which also sells laptops in the country, has applied for single-brand retail license for retail as well as e-commerce business. This is under the revised retail guidelines that propose an eight-year relaxation for the 30% local sourcing condition.
Other companies to have applied for the single-brand retail license include Apple and Chinese Leeco.
Mathur said smartphone industry sales in India are expected to grow by 30% this year. “We are more optimistic on our business, and expect to grow faster than the industry.”
The company’s mobile phones for India are being contract-manufactured by Flextronics which is making them at Sriperumbudur. Lenovo is also looking at having its self-owned facility for phones in the country as it experiences healthy demand in the market, sources said.
A decision on this front is expected soon, a source said.
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Sony has debuted the Xperia X Performance, the company’s latest flagship that reflects Sony’s core competencies – audio and camera functionality. Last month, the company launched the premium Android handset globally, replacing its previous Z series in a bid to find new momentum through the new X lineup. It remains to be seen whether the high-end smartphone would bring a potential rebound to the firm’s handset business as the device combines what Sony fans look for – a combination of camera, audio and design.
Sony Korea CEO Osamu Morimoto said at the launch event last month, the X Performance comes with a sleek metal back and a five-inch full high-definition (FHD) display. The curved glass edges make the device glimmer in the light, completing its sophisticated design. The touch screen was smooth and sensitive enough to allow users to enjoy basic messenger applications and web surfing without any lag. Xperia X Performance comes with a Snapdragon 820 application processor and Andoid 6.0 Operating System (OS), which was the same as its Samsung and LG counterparts ? Galaxy S7 and LG G5.
Meanwhile, TOI Tech reported that Sony India had confirmed to it that it would only sell ‘premium’ Xperia smartphones in India. “Sony Mobile drove transformation in FY15 towards a profitable and sustainable company globally including the areas mentioned.
As part of our transformation, we are sharpening our focus on select products and sales channels,” said Vijay Singh Jaswal, head of Xperia business, Sony India.
“Considering the recent shift, our marketing strategy will now revolve around offering premium products in the smartphone segment,” he added.
Despite the not-so-rosy situation globally, Jaswal said the due to Sony’s premium strategy in India, the average selling price had increased by 55 per cent in Q1 of FY 16 as compared to the same period last year.
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