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Galaxy S5 copper

If you needed another example of a smartphone sales slowdown at the high-end of the market, Samsung provided it on Thursday. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung co-CEO JK Shin said the company sold 11 million Galaxy S5 handsets in the first month of availability. That’s only 10 percent higher than number of Galaxy S4 phones sold in the first month when it launched in 2013. This suggests that the market for expensive phones is a bit saturated and is the reason companies such as Motorola and Nokia are creating capable low-cost smartphones such as the Moto E and Lumia 630.

  1. Huh? How does 10% more than the S4 indicate anything bad for Samsung?

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    1. Kary, by itself the figure is good news. When you look at Galaxy S sales over time, however, it’s a different story. Samsung used to tout how the line was growing from the prior versions; selling X number of phones in fewer and fewer days. That growth has slowed dramatically based on the first month of Galaxy S5 sales.

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  2. Wait a minute. Did I hear you right? Selling 11 million S5′s in one month. 10% more than the S4 just 1 year ago “suggests that the market for expensive phones is a bit saturated…” Really?
    A 10% increase is pretty significant in my book. Especially when its replacing a very capable model (S4) that is only a year old.

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    1. Yes it’s growth and that’s good. But it’s a slowing growth rate when you look at the big picture.

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  3. I doubt it has anything to do with the market being saturated. I could throw out a bunch of crackpot theories:
    -This model doesn’t offer much more than speed over previous phones
    -The camera upgrade isn’t enough of a deal maker
    -It’s not a holiday season
    -Samsung didn’t go nutso with a media blitz
    -It’s not attractive enough to compel people to upgrade
    -Maybe it’s too big

    We have a pending upgrade at home going from an iPhone 4 to either this or an 5s. The 5s will probably win out. If the reviews didn’t reveal that the Samsung was a mishmash of applications and custom and standard UI, it might have had a strong chance against apple’s focused iOS.

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    1. Might have something to do with reported camera problems and lackluster reviews.

      Confirmation will be provided if the iPhone 6 sells 10% or less in its first month.

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    2. Wow! It’s hard to understand how selling 11,000,000 phones in 30 days equals mediocre performance.

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  4. So how many 5S and 5C’s did Apple sell in their first month?

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    1. Not sure on the first month, Mike, but Apple reported 9 million sales of the iPhone 5s and 5c combined in the first weekend.

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  5. Ask any retailer if a 10% year over year growth is good or not and I think you’d find that they disagree with your editorial. Maybe this assignment should have been given to a investigative journalist instead.

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    1. Of course growth of any kind is good. Looking at it in a vacuum doesn’t tell you much of anything though. Think long term and look at the growth rate for the Galaxy S line; it has slowed.

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  6. thats very gud news for galaxy s5…and other smart phone likes as Iphone Nokia Motorola is falling down………………

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