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What do you make of Samsung's 26 screens and counting mobile strategy?

0. phoneArena posted on 13 Jun 2013, 08:46

Does this huge overlapping portfolio spell trouble for Samsung like it did for Nokia five years ago? After all, we are just learning that the company has issued more careful Galaxy S4 guidances to investors, and has shrunk its parts orders forecast from 30 to 20 million units for the next quarter...

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posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:59 2

49. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Read the article before you allege bias. The error was made by Which?, not PA.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:27

32. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

All rubbish. Billions of useless phones with a very low build quality... Not just the looks but cheap parts inside too. Why does samsung use such cheap parts? I used to like samsung for its features but every single appliance I bought malfunctioned within a year. I was looking forward to using them for years. The I was like 'screw that.' Then I bought Sony's products and loved them tor their superior quality and durability. samsung's 'strength' is so scattered that they have no time making the stuff good, but making as many models as they can without spending a fortune on different parts. (You know, group purchasing usually has a discount) So they just use cheap parts. Very bad, samsung.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:12 2

58. PostalJim (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)

I have Samsung TV, DVR, Waher/Dryer/ Fridge......all at least 3 years old. Not one problem at all. Maybe you just have bad luck. Or work for Apple maybe? Sony does have incredible electronics, though. No doubt. Most electronics parts are cheap. And if their parts are so cheap, then the first 5 iPhones are cheap also as the use more Samsung parts than anything else.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 11:22 1

76. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

No he just hating because Samsung is owning his beloved Sony in every market. The math doesn't lie. Samsung, most products sold and they still have less return rates than HTC, who do not sell that many phones. Case closed.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:35 1

36. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

It depends on who you talk to! It doesnt bother me because there are only 2 products that I either have or will have in the near future. I have the S3 (4.8in) and Im going to upgrade to the Note 2 (5.5in) or Note III within a year or so. More products means more variety for us.............and more variety means more $$$$$ for Samsung!!

Its a win-win siruation for both parties lol

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:38 1

37. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

this chart is clearly misleading. you would think if it was about screen size, it would display the number of unique screens. it doesn't account for changes in generation. and i think the engineers and business people at samsung have more foresight on the matter than any of us.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:43 1

38. nicholassss (Posts: 368; Member since: 10 May 2012)

At least half of those arent current models and not all are available in every market.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:50

45. tkvdog (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

Variety Is The Spice Of Life Different Strokes For Different Fokes.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:00 2

51. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Don't leave any stone unturned. A similar strategy to Apple except Samsung doesn't waste time, they just put all of their options into action. Which is great for a manufacturer. Your customers can order whatever screen they want basically and your factories are ready to scale to any screen size. Plus you get a lot of practice and we all know practice makes perfect or at least allows you to avoid any potential unexpected issues because you already dealt with it before.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:08 1

54. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)

26 models really? Including models from over 3 years ago?

13 models so about half that. Also products like the Ace 3, S4 Mini, and the Megas are only certain regions. Not to mention That tablets should have a lot of options. The thing we need more of is accessories for the tablets.

This years models:
Ace 3
S4 Mini
S4 Zoom
S4, S4 Nexus (which I really wouldn't call a new model
S4 Active
Note 3
Mega 5.3
Mega 6.3
Tab 3 7.0
Tab 3 8.0
Tab 3 10.1
Note 8
Note 10.1 2 probably

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 09:50

117. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

You should totally go see Phandroid. Samsung phones that are currently still in the market: Count. 23 rows each with three phones. Adds up to 69 phones. You missed a lot of phones. Sony? 7 rows with three each. 21 phones. And people are complaining about there's too many phones. Jason2k13, now you know what I mean by 'over 50 phones'? 16 rows for HTC and 19 rows for LG. See why LG and Samsung is flooding the market? HTC is slightly high, but has significantly cut the number it's releasing.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:08 3

55. PostalJim (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)

Sooooo. Apple has the best business model by offering one NEW phone very OTHER year? iSheeeeeeeep may revel in this, but free-thinkers prefer choices......options......variety. And several of those are international flavors. A few choices for high end, a few for mid-level, and some for low-income families. Not everyone can afford a $649 iPhone or S4. Haters hate. You guys are doing a fine job of it too. 4 trillion people. Are we all to have the same taste and desires? How shallow can you be? I'm just glad I finally outgrew the Cupertino Crush I had and found true love in Samsung.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:12 1

57. Yankchef (Posts: 76; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)

I've never bought a Samsung mobile device and at this rate never will. Hopefully they are just flooding the market to see what sells the best and will cut back at some point

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:28

64. special4u (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 May 2013)



for simple minded, more sales make them feel better in a brand.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:38 1

65. wando77 (Posts: 1076; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

Again, is choice a bad thing. They're not like nokia as nokia had junk software and hardware after the n95 (maybe n96 if I'm being kind)

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 09:53

118. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

Junk software? Then you must be supporting apple. Nokia uses Windows 7 or 8 smartphones. If you say windows is junk, then what is IOS? I like nokia for their quality and durability. At least you don't have to worry about the cheap plastic cover popping out of that cheap built phone every time you drop it and damage the important hardware underneath it.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:43 1

66. Kelley71 (Posts: 88; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)

What drives me crazy is that they're all more or less the same device, minus the Note line. Where are the keyboards? Where are the sliders? Why have 26 models if they are all built off the same candybar template?

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:54 3

68. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

They really should consolidate. Choice is great, but Samsung is looking at a situation where people will buy some S4 derivative thinking they bought an actual S4, and if it isn't a top-of-the-line phone, they will get disappointed.

Here's what Samsung should do for phones:
S4 (including the Nexus-branded model; it's the exact same thing without TouchWiz)
S4 Mini (high spec, but smaller screen)
A cheapy phone or two (not S-branded)

For tablets, drop the Note line, merge its features into the Tab line. Offer 7, 8, and 10 inch models.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 11:05 2

69. sennarose88 (Posts: 54; Member since: 18 Jun 2009)

They forgot Galaxy Pocket 2.8", Mini 3.14", Fit 3.3", Wonder 3.7", Z 4.2", S II 4.5", Nexus 4.65", Tab 8.9"...

...okay, stahp.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:02 1

82. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

Tablets shouldn't be in the same consideration as phones, they serve a completely different function.

How many phones are offered in every place? Different world markets have different desires so lumping them all into one group isn't that accurate. I do feel some markets have too many, but that's only for the area I live in.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:19

83. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 221; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

The title of the article is misleading. If you count them, Samsung has about 16 different screen sizes NOT 26.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 09:55

119. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

If you count the actual number of samsung phones in the market nowerdays (Phandroid) then you will come up with a staggering 69 total count. Go and check.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 16:23

86. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)

Their strategy? I thought they were just making the best of all the left over panels... They have an abundance of displays and that's to be expected from a display manufacturer. They only have a few high end/premium devices even though they all look and feel the same.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 19:23 1

89. rustyimtiaz (Posts: 44; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

And all have the same design!!! -_-

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 19:43

90. GoVinci (Posts: 16; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

Who's complaining? Seems only the tech people noticed this trend.

It's the consumers who will decide.

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 03:26

98. justsayit (Posts: 256; Member since: 09 May 2013)

samsung design? all almost same
since samsung corby to galaxy s4 same soap design

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 06:26

99. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Same designs, some useless phones but wide variety of range for consumers.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 09:55

120. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)

If they're same then there won't be a 'wide range'

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 22:05 1

104. terry_wil (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)

no such thing because their is no such thing as the perfect size... everyone has different preferences, if the size is not for you pick one that is!!! Whats annoying is apple telling me what size i need!!! Its like coming out with one size tv for all and telling everyone the its the sweet spot.... BS

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 20:20 1

105. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

Fanboys will still deny that fragmentation is a problem:

Galaxy Y 240 x 320
Galaxy young 320 x 480
Galaxy Ace 2 480 x 800
Galaxy s4 mini 540 x 960
Galaxy s3 720 x 1280
Galaxy s4 1080 x 1920
Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 600 x 1024
Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 800 x 1280

This is even before you take into account the different processors and GPU's found in these devices; Truly a developers nightmare

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