In what will very likely be the most important Android machine launch of the calendar year, Samsung on Wednesday released its new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. At 1st blush, they glimpse fantastic. We suggest that in the most literal way achievable — the show-significant hardware style and design is gorgeous.
That early assure is fantastic for Samsung, mainly because it has a whole lot using on these telephones. The company’s last massive cellphone, the 2 times-recalled Galaxy Observe seven, was 1 of the most important embarrassments in tech background. The enterprise is also dealing with a political scandal that’s rocked its native South Korea and led to the arrest of its de-facto chief.
And to top it all off, Samsung’s grip on the smartphone sector is shrinking. This chart from Statista places it in standpoint: According to study company IDC, Samsung’s smartphone sector share has fallen from 32% in 2013 to just in excess of eighteen% in the most the latest quarter. IDC claims Apple now sits at 1st, even though at least 1 analyst thinks third-location Huawei will surpass it in the long run.
The Galaxy S8 by itself may perhaps not be capable to carry the company’s cellphone small business again to these before heights — that’s constantly been about quantity, and Chinese brand names are undercutting Samsung on the reduce conclude of the sector. Additionally, sector share doesn’t always equal earnings. But a smash hit would unquestionably help to choose some of the bad taste out of Samsung’s mouth.
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