- Aug 17, 2010
I think they will just fine too......they are headed in the right direction with the Note 4 and Alpha. Let's see what happens with the S6.
Personally I am not all that convinced that Note 4 and Alpha DNA are the "right direction".
Samsung could put more effort into their external designs, but I would prefer they go about it in a different way compared to the Note 4 and Alpha.
Today, Samsung issued guidance for its forthcoming Q3 2014 earnings, telling investors that it expected profits of 4.1 trillion won ($3.8 billion) for the quarter. That's down 60 percent from the record-breaking revenue that the company booked in Q3 2013. Sales of approximately 47 trillion represented a 20 percent decline over the previous year.
This just means that there are a lot more selection within Android vs what you had in the last 2 years. Android actually grew in numbers. You got super cheap Chinese Android OEM's starting to move in on all Android OEM's. Phones like the Motorola G are very good budget phones. LG was the red headed step child 2 years ago and now they rival HTC and Motorola.
This fall has been the most difficult in picking a top notch phone because there have been so many at various price points. I don't believe one OEM (Samsung) should be the only company making decent phones. I could make a case for all the phones below. 2015 is going to be buck wild.
One Plus One
Sony Z3 compact
^^^^^ this^^^^^Not surprising that Q3 is coming in poor. It's always darkest before dawn and with Q4 being the quarter new devices launch, buyers are always in waiting mode. Also, the costs to market said new products has been incurred. Again, typical that the operating margins will decline due in part to increased marketing costs. They are also selling existing products for lower prices to help clear them out.
Looking at the numbers, they sold more phones than last quarter but they sold them for less which again, combined with higher marketing costs is going to hit the bottom line.
IMO Samsung is feeling the heat from Sony, LG and others in the android space. The S5 is a nice phone, but IMO Sony is the one I would go with if I were to choose between the two. The only reason I'm in the Note line is for size and the S-Pen.
IMO they need to ditch the strong focus on Touch Wiz and save some moeny. They also need to trim down the number of models offered.