Samsung Mobile chief Shin confirms strong start for the Samsung Galaxy S5
The executive added that these strong Galaxy S5 sales should lead to improved profit margins and increase Sammy's mobile market share in the current quarter. The words from Shin comes amid speculation that Samsung has already pushed the panic button on the phone. That rumor started with talk that Samsung would launch a premium version of its flagship called the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime. To combat the LG G3 and its expected 1440 x 2560 screen, the Galaxy S5 Prime is also expected to feature a QHD resolution glass and a metal body.
Also worrisome for Samsung followers was the removal of Chang Dong-hoon as head of mobile design. Some blamed the static design of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the continued use of plastic, for Chang's removal. But he just might have been made a scapegoat for Samsung's first decline in global smartphone marketshare in four years, which took place in the first quarter. During the three months, Samsung's profit margin in mobile was 19.8%, flat with last year's figure. While Shin expects that number to rise with increased Galaxy S5 sales, some analysts expect profit margins to decline as more competition is launched later this year.
Defending the Galaxy S5, Shin says that "It may not have eye-popping technology but the features are practical." This year's model has a feature allowing 10% of battery life to last for 24 hours. After finding that 30% of phone returns to Sammy's service centers came about due to spills of water, or other liquids on the phone, Samsung made the Galaxy S5 able to withstand submersion in up to 3.2 feet of water for up 30 minutes.
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5. sgodsell (Posts: 896; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
I just want to say Samsung is starting to push their tizen more and more, even the latest Gear watches are all tizen. Also Samsung is coming out with a Google Glass competitor in the fall running tizen. Samsung if you can't remember to use the OS that made you successful, then my money won't be going to you and your devices in the future. This is coming from a person that recently purchased a S5 and Gear Neo. I have only Good things to say about your phones. I even recommend a number of friends and family members, but like I said if you continue to push your OS instead of Android, then we have to part ways.
10. tech2 (Posts: 1784; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
They haven't released a single phone yet you say 'push their tizen more and more'
Gear had huge battery issues when running on android hence they released it with tizen. Remember the first gen was android.
Who told samsung's version of glass is running tizen ?
16. Ashoaib (Posts: 1215; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
It is android which made samsung famous?? Well, on a contrary it is samsung as well which made android famous... its vice versa...
22. sgodsell (Posts: 896; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Samsung was nothing in the smart phones. They tried their bada roughly at the same time as Android but it didn't go anywhere. Yes we all know they made tons of feature phones. But Samsung was never big in smart phones until Android came along and helped it grow to where they are today. Just look at Apple and iOS. It's one thing to have hardware, and its another thing to have an ecosystem behind the hardware and OS. The same holds true for Android.
34. iushnt (Posts: 601; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
I think even android was never big as smartphone OS until galaxies start to hit market.. I agree with Ashoaib with this that its from both sides. If you are concerned with sammy trying to push Tizen then there are other people who are concerned about google trying to push nexus..the thing is in equillibrium, u dun need to worry :)
37. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3087; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Nexus are doing average
Tizen will be like Bada
18. sgodsell (Posts: 896; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
All I am saying I love Googles apps and services and Android OS. If Samsung strays away. Then they will loose me. That's all I am saying.
17. Seattletech (Posts: 29; Member since: 14 May 2014)
It goes both ways. In fact people search for galaxy more than android.
Think of it as a business perspective. Android is open source and with every new version of android. Google is taking over all aspects of the software. Soon huge profits will not be made from phones itself. Profits will be made in the software apps/os running the phone. Samsung is smart why let google take all future profits. Also tizen will evolve and i speculate one day will be able to run android apps. Linux
31. joey_sfb (Posts: 2565; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
I will worry about Tizen if its affect Samsung ability to make Android devices. But its far from that. They are even making parts for Apple iDevice and launching new devices every month.
Tizen would not be more than to replace their low end devices and limited feature devices such as Gear 2.
Samsung bada is a good lesson for them. To make Tizen more successful than Android would require the rest of the OEMs to pick it up. Google with a Motorola is giving OEM cold feets, Samsung would never be able to conceive the rest of the Open Handset Alliance to switch to Tizen over Android.
29. engineer-1701d (Posts: 415; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
not many had a choose to update and get this phone on new carrier or wait 6 months for another with same crap service, and also not all android or smart people know they could use the heart rate app and do the same thing and also that most phones can handle the water and dust this is not new to phones, watch the m8 water test its in water for hours no prob there. still mad about the s5 let down the s4,5,6 concept we all know about is what it should have been and looked like.
2. kkmkk (Posts: 51; Member since: 06 May 2013)
now they will never change plastic into something more premium
thank you Samsung fan boy
9. maherk (Posts: 786; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
You seem to have a very unique and premium logic, the millions who bought the S5 are all fanboys. Oh and btw, you're welcome :D
12. robert26101 (Posts: 73; Member since: 21 Mar 2014)
You're an idiot if you think it's was 11 million fan boys that bought the S5.
26. maherk (Posts: 786; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
You do realize I was being sarcastic right?
27. robert26101 (Posts: 73; Member since: 21 Mar 2014)
No I didn't realize you were being sarcastic. I apologize. Sometimes it's hard to figure out who is being sarcastic and who is being serious when it comes to the comments on this site. Especially when it comes to articles about Samsung.
38. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3087; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
No he doesn't realise like us who are regular readers and posters who knows who is what. This guy never posts like us
3. AfterShock (Posts: 2124; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Wonder how version two(Prime) would have sold in its place from the get go.
SS an HTC, phone model spammers of the gods, diluting everything before it.
4. sina98 (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 May 2014)
Galaxy s5 prime must be a very powerful smartphone but its not a good idea to use QHD resolution in a 5'' cellphone.
7. sgodsell (Posts: 896; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Considering not to many laptops or tablets are pushing that resolution even in a much larger physical footprint.
6. sina98 (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 May 2014)
Samsung cellphones just need a better material and design.
8. twens (Posts: 519; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
Camera = excellent
Features = excellent
Battery life = excellent
Performance= very good
Updates = very good
Customer service = excellent( in my country)
Durability= super excellent. My note 3 still looks and work like new after months of purchase.
Now samsung hater! You see why they sell so much phones than the rest of the competition?
Design and smoothness of OS is not everything.
11. jellmoo (Posts: 625; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Yes, if you list your opinions about a bunch of random criteria you will surely be able to prove people wrong...
13. maherk (Posts: 786; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
What opinions Mr. Butthurt? He didn't say they are the best, he mentioned what every other reviewer had confirmed, it is an excellent phone. Is it the best, I am not sure, but it is surely won't disappoint those who buy it.
21. jellmoo (Posts: 625; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
I'm not saying anything about the phone, I agree that it's a great device. Nor am I "butthurt".
But to call out Samsung "haters" and list a bunch of opinions and anecdotal evidence as facts? I'm sorry, but that doesn't prove anything.
19. SellPhones82 (Posts: 474; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Please feel free to let us know your opinions, as you did nothing to prove him wrong with your comment. I'm no Samasung fan and think all the hate they get is hilarious, yet I have not seen anyone post something that is actually wrong with the device. I'd say he's spot on with at least 5 of those and I wouldn't call them random either. They are the main features people look for in a phone. People say it doesn't look good, but that's subjective and it that's the only thing "wrong" with it then I'd say Samsung did a pretty darn good job. With the M8 we hear nothing other than the camera sucks, the Z2, well no one knows cuz you can't buy it. The G3 should be good, but I still question whether or not their UI is any better or worst than Touchwiz.
23. jellmoo (Posts: 625; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
How I can prove him wrong? I can't prove his opinion wrong. That's the whole point.
And I like the S5. I think it's a great device (especially the camera). But you can't spout out a bunch of opinions and then figuratively "drop the mic" as though you've just proven some magical point.
33. Miracles (Posts: 462; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)
How about poor build material and laggy android skin. I don't know about u but I don't want to pay a premium price for a phone that is overpriced. Not carrier subsidized price.
14. crankthisup (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Let me fill that in for you...
Camera = excellent, most of the time, yes!
Features = Bloat, way too much useless crap, recently a survey found that nobody uses Samsung features/apps
Battery life = Not more than a day usually, except for the Note-series and S5 it's pretty bad
Performance= Laggy, even on a Tab Pro 8.4 with S800 I recently tried, because they refuse to do optimizations for TouchWIz
Updates = S3 doesn't even get KitKat, they want you to buy the S5
Customer service = most of the time warranty is done by the store you bought it from, not Samsung
Design= boring, uninspiring, copied, cheap materials, cheap feeling
Durability= crap, those fake chrome bezels on Samsung phones lose paint very fast (note 3/S4), and most of them are creaky
41. DnB925Art (Posts: 141; Member since: 23 May 2013)
To make a correction, only a few variants (notably the International S3 with no LTE and the Galaxy S3 Mini) did not get the KitKat update. The LTE versions all got it (because they have 2GB of RAM).
Also how can you say battery life on an S5 is bad, especially on extreme power saving mode where you get 24 hours on 10% left of charge?
And with the camera, the S5 has won most of the blind tests here on PA.
15. robert26101 (Posts: 73; Member since: 21 Mar 2014)
Looks like Samsung will continue to be number 1. Haters are gonna hate!
20. byczybyk (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
you forgot to mention that in wsj article jk shin gave up Samsung Tab S premiere date and place - June 12 at Madison Square Garden
second piee of info is about Note 4 using bendable display ...
24. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1197; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
It's hard to deny that S5 is one of the best phone there is out there. Even it's not a phone for me, but I still think they did a good job with it and the sale sure shows it.
28. gigaraga (Posts: 495; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Samsung will always do very good in sales and their smartphones...there is no other way to it
40. sbfalex (Posts: 18; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
it's easy to eclipse time needed to ship 10 million units as they can just deliberately ship ahead of schedule to so they can claim they are faring better than last year... what they need to reveal is the units sold, which can not be manipulated.