When Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy S 5 earlier this year, it was generally praised as a solid smartphone and reports indicate it sold 5 million units in May. However, all things are relative and those initial sales lagged behind Apple iPhone sales and the pace that Samsung set with their Galaxy S 4. This appears to have contributed to some disappointing financial results and has left the company in the unusual position of needing a big hit with their next device to turn things around.
Industry watchers point to two factors that may have impacted the relative lack of success for the Galaxy S 5. First, the phone seemed to lack major innovations or changes that much of the market was hoping for like a metal chassis. Second, other competitors stepped up their game to compete and judging by reactions, both HTC and LG succeeded in those efforts.
To counteract these challenges, Samsung is reportedly looking to the forthcoming Galaxy Note 4 to help change the trajectory. New reports indicate Samsung once again has a metal chassis on the table for a flagship device. Supposedly the company is considering materials like stainless steel, aluminum and magnesium, although it is unclear whether these materials may be limited to a “prime” version of the device.
Sources also say Samsung is looking at implementing optical image stabilization for the camera. The camera itself will reportedly be a 16MP unit. Finally, Samsung is said to be working on adopting a flexible display, likely in some other manner than they did for the Galaxy Round. Reports indicate Samsung has increased capacity by 50% to meet the expected demand for a flexible display.
Some may notice that a couple of these “innovations” really just reflect features present in prime phones from other manufacturers.
Do you think these changes will be seen as truly innovative and help get Samsung back on track with smartphones?