Samsung Mobile chief Shin confirms strong start for the Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Mobile chief Shin confirms strong start for the Samsung Galaxy S5
On Monday, we passed along a report out of Korea estimating that Samsung had shipped 10 million units of the Samsung Galaxy S5 in 25 days. That was a record time for the manufacturer. Today, Samsung Mobile chief J.K. Shin confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is off to a strong start. Shin says that Samsung's latest flagship is outperforming the Samsung Galaxy S4 by 10% as 11 million units of the Galaxy S5 have been sold since its launch on April 11th.

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.

source: WSJ

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI
Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop



40. sbfalex

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

39. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

R.I.P HTCrap.

28. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Samsung will always do very good in sales and their smartphones...there is no other way to it

24. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

20. byczybyk

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 04, 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 ...​s5-sales-his-co-worker-spills-some-coffe-on-next-p​hablet-and-reveals-premiere-date-of-samsung-tab-s-​line.html

15. robert26101

Posts: 107; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

Looks like Samsung will continue to be number 1. Haters are gonna hate!

14. crankthisup

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 21, 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: 1168; Member since: May 23, 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.

8. twens

Posts: 1191; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Camera = excellent Features = excellent Battery life = excellent Performance= very good Updates = very good Customer service = excellent( in my country) Design= good 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: 2687; Member since: Oct 31, 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: 7084; Member since: Feb 10, 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: 2687; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

35. iushnt

Posts: 3182; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

one does not simply say "I'm butthurt"

19. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 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: 2687; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

32. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

I feel ya...enough said.

33. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 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.

6. sina98

Posts: 5; Member since: May 14, 2014

Samsung cellphones just need a better material and design.

4. sina98

Posts: 5; Member since: May 14, 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: 7659; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Considering not to many laptops or tablets are pushing that resolution even in a much larger physical footprint.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

2. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

now they will never change plastic into something more premium thank you Samsung fan boy

9. maherk

Posts: 7084; Member since: Feb 10, 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: 107; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

You're an idiot if you think it's was 11 million fan boys that bought the S5.

25. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Ever heard of a word called sarcasm?

36. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Ever herd of mocking remark

26. maherk

Posts: 7084; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You do realize I was being sarcastic right?

27. robert26101

Posts: 107; Member since: Mar 21, 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: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7659; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think its Samsung themselves.

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