Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) is one of the more vertically integrated companies in the consumer electronics marketplace, but the Korean company still managed to run into supply problems with a key component used for its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S III.
News reports indicate Samsung failed to anticipate the roaring demand it has now recorded for the Galaxy S III and was unable to ship as many as 2 million units of the device to telecom service providers in Europe, North America, and Asia.
Samsung expects to ship up to 10 million of the Galaxy S III in the current quarter, making the device its fastest seller. The launched the Galaxy S III ahead of the likely introduction of an updated Apple iPhone expected in the fall, and the success of Samsung's latest device should help the company continue to maintain its position as the world's biggest vendor of both smartphones and wireless handsets.
In an attempt to smoothe problems in its supply chain that contributed to the inability to meet overall demand, Samsung said it sent employees to all component suppliers to ensure delivery targets were being met. Reuters reports that the company expects soon to put the component shortage problem behind it. Analysts who slashed Samsung's smartphone shipment for the June quarter believe the company should recover quickly in the third quarter and have raised their estimates for the company.
Like I said earlier the Galaxy brand is gaining momentum in the market because it caters to all market segments, i.e. from low end smartphones to high end SIII series. And, with a comparitive pricing model it seems to be doing well in the market. It may be a threat to the iPhone but I personally think that not many iPhone users will switch to Android. I have a few friends who are iPhone enthusiasts and having asked them about switching to Android, I have always got a negative answer.
I think S3 is not that good as its been shown by Samsung when you compare with the technology and the ability of Apple.
@nimanth.d, I have read many positive reviews about samsung S3. It has great performance, excellent camera quality, stunning display and other rich features.I am not sure why you think its not comparable with Apple ?
People are now increasingly trusting the Galaxy S brand
@syed, I totally agree with you. Galaxy brand is in the market from couple of years and it has some great features. Best part about Samsung products is that conumers are getting the best features at reasonable cost. I am sure Galaxy is real threat to Apple iPhone series.
@nimantha.d: Apart from the marketing gimmick it has to do with the record breaking sales that SII did in the previous year. People are now increasingly trusting the Galaxy S brand and want to try out any new version that is available on the market.
@Himanshugupta: You are certainly correct about consumers making the purchase decision on the basis of cost, compatibility, OS platform and their friends circle. For some one of these factors would weigh much higher than it does for others. Similarly, for most Apple users that I have seen the platform, i.e. iOS is the decisive factor. I may be wrong but this is what I have actually seen here.
@tirlapur: I agree with you that most people are waiting for the iPhone 5 launch. However, I am not sure if the features dissapoint the market would go for SIII. Over the years I have barely seen people leaving the iPhone for other phones. So, probably I might be an iPhone lover but I think iPhone 5 will still do good business.
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