Samsung stops development on Galaxy U line of phones

Samsung stops development on Galaxy U line of phones
Samsung makes a lot of phones, like, a whole lot of phones; but, it looks like the company is stopping development on one line of devices that had been in the rumor mill - the Galaxy U series. There were some specs that we had heard in relation to the Galaxy U line of phones, but it never really made a lot of sense what the point of the devices was in respect to Samsung's other offerings. Now, it's unclear if we'll find out. 

According to SamMobile, Samsung has stopped development on the line, but no reason why has been given. SamMobile speculates that it might just be a delay in order to focus on the launch of the Galaxy S6, which is coming up soon, and supposedly will be a big departure from previous Galaxy S series phones, having been redesigned from the ground up. We're not so convinced that's the reason. 

Consider this: one of the devices rumored for the lineup is the SM-U500F, which was said to have an octa-core Exynos 5433 SoC, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch 1080p display, a 16-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera, 16GB of storage, a 2360mAh battery, and Android 5.0 Lollipop, all in a body that is just 6.15mm. A pretty nice sounding device overall, right? Yeah, but the rumored Galaxy A7 is essentially the same device, but with a 5.5-inch display, 13-megapixel camera, 2600mAh battery, and a 6.3mm thick body. That's not really a huge difference between the two devices, and Samsung has been talking about cutting down on the sheer number of devices it releases. 

So, we wouldn't be terribly surprised to see the Galaxy U series disappear altogether in order to minimize device overlap, rather than this just being a temporary development stoppage. Time will tell though. 

source: SamMobile

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24 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Watering down of the Galaxy brand continues. I want the Galaxy toaster, and Galaxy socks. A Galaxy foot massager for the Mrs.

2. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Hopefully they stop before they get to the Galaxy line of sex toys. Nobody wants to get texted from an orifice.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

+1 VZW good one lol. What phone you rocking these days?

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Droid Turbo 64GB.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wow! How do like it so far?

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Takes what I had on my Maxx and builds on it. Better screen, more RAM, more on board storage, faster processor. It has a little larger battery, but with the upgraded internals and a huge bump in screen resolution, it gets around what I got with my Maxx. The camera is better but the shutter time is longer, makes quick shots more difficult. That can be taken care of in an update or with third party camera apps though. But IMHO, the Ballistic Nylon is one the nicest designs I've seen on a smartphone. And it's right at the limit as far as size for me, so I'm really liking it.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Cool bro, enjoy your purchase man. Thats what it's all about.

21. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Thanks, you as well.

7. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

LOL would be saturated with TouchWhiz and have like a bazillion buttons

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And probably lag

15. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But no bend.

4. maherk

Posts: 6750; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What Mrs?? Oh yeah, the imaginary one lol

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Agreed they should focus resources to better support existing models. Samsung was the top brand because they gave consumer what they wanted such as removable battery, microSD support and timely firmware update. When the competition give equivalent hardware at a lower price point and a lower bloat ware experience such as XiaoMi MIUI how are they not going to lose sales. i recently bought Samsung Galaxy S 8.4 LTE to use as a primary phone because i like large phone experience and i carry a pouch. The thing going for Samsung is 8.4 OLED screen and a 76% screen to body ratio. Android fan are very hardware performance and software experience driven. Bloatware especially third parties apps add zero value to both. Make it an optional install and i might gladly try it out. Like it, it will stay in my phone otherwise i am free to delete it.

24. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

hahahaha good one but they are doing way too much now

3. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

seems that they have independent development teams for each series. Can they just concentrate on just two series? The flagship series and the medium to low end devices. They seem to have no focus at all. Sammys goin down.

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

But but fanboy says bigger r&d spent is better right? Continue your research Sammy, fanboy will love your galaxy U

16. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The R&D paid off. They've made the best smartphone your can buy - the Galaxy Note 4.

13. Rager722 unregistered

I swear there is a Galaxy for every letter in the alphabet.

17. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Think anyone will notice?

18. TyrionLannister unregistered

5 inch 1080p. Exynos 5433. 16 mp and a good looking metal body. Samsung you ditched the closest to a perfect phone. That thing would crush anything in the market right now.

19. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

One more step towards less watering down of the Galaxy line. Like, stop naming every damn phone a Galaxy. Get rid of like 30 phones and then just have the Galaxy S & Note series. Galaxy A should've been something other than a Galaxy. Have a high end, mid-range and low end line and call it a day. Way too damn many phones. This is a step in the right direction.

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It may seem silly to do that, but by doing it they've accomplished brand recognition. It's the same thing HTC tried to do with their One line. They started with the One X, S, &/V, then went to the One M7 and One M8. But their brand recognition hasn't kicked in like the Galaxy line has. They achieved brand recognition similar to phone lines like Droid, Lumia, and iPhone. When someone asks what OS your phone runs and people say Droid, Galaxy, or Lumia, instead of the actual OS, their marketing department is doing something right. Or when people ask you if that's a Galaxy or Droid, when it's not, same thing. It's helped them rise to the top of the Android food chain, just like the Droids used to be.

22. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

There's a huge difference between HTC's and Samsung's brand recognition. For one, Samsung markets the hell out of their products with clever marketing, not these lame Robert Downey Jr. commercials. HTC has also not managed to choose a long lasting line to create brand recognition beyond the Desire and the EVO lines. The Desire is their longest running line and it's not even their high end phone. They don't seem to get how to establish recognition for their flagships. Samsung on the other hand just has way too damn many phones underneath the Galaxy moniker. People buy crappy low end Galaxy variant phones and have a crappy user experience and expect the same from the Galaxy S or Note line and go for something else. This is why they need to stop diluting the Galaxy name and stop selling so damn many phones just because a new polymer was developed for that one spot inside the phone, underneath the LCD panel that takes up .003 mm squared of space.

23. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

But a key difference between the two is that from the start, Samsung used the Galaxy brand, all the way back to 2010. And that is not just for their regular smart phones, but also to their phablets (Note series), their tablets (Galaxy Tab), and wearables, (Galaxy Gear). It's not just marketing, which does play a big part, but also having companion devices in other areas. When you decide after you pick up a smartphone to get a tablet, you're most likely going to go with something that's compatible and maybe has special features to be used between the two. Same goes for wearables. Most people want all their stuff from the same manufacturer, because they're familiar. And having them all use the same naming scheme makes it easier for most people to recognize they're the same. Now I do agree that they could use a different naming scheme for their mid and low end devices, but if it works, who cares. As far as watering down the brand, the same could be and has been said about Android itself. How many times have you heard the argument that people who have had a bad experience was due to using a mid or low end Android device? Or even with the low end Lumia devices? So should they then have a different naming scheme for low and high end devices as well?

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