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by Louis Bedigian, Benzinga Staff Writer.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
(OTCMKTS:SSNLF) beloved iPhone competitor might not be the smash
hit that the company anticipated.
The South Korean tech giant
took a beating
last week after an analyst claimed that Galaxy S4 shipments would
decline in July.
While that assessment was not as grim as it sounded (Samsung could
still match or beat the sales of the Galaxy S III even if the
shipments are reduced), it is a very familiar tale for the
), Samsung's chief competitor, is no stranger to negative reports
that have hindered the stock and diminished the company's value.
After several years of successful growth, analysts have gotten to
the point where it is all but impossible for Apple to meet their
expectations. Thus, Apple shares have continued to plummet, falling
more than 21% year-to-date.
Now that Samsung has experienced a couple years of growth, it seems
that analysts are ready to give it the Apple treatment.
Unfortunately, the rumor mill is ready to do the same.
, Samsung may be planning to reduce the parts and components orders
for the firm's flagship phone, the Galaxy S4, during the third
The reduction may have already begun, however, as DigiTimes'
sources believe that Samsung reduced its supply orders during the
second quarter (which ends this month) as well.
This does not guarantee that Galaxy S4 sales will decline, but it
is an indicator that consumer demand may be waning.
Samsung could pick up the slack, however, by releasing several
versions of the Galaxy S4. The company is reportedly planning to
unveil the so-called Galaxy S4 Mini during its highly anticipated
summer event on June 20.
That's not the only Galaxy S4 variation, however. Samsung also
Galaxy S4 Zoom
this week, marking the first time that the company has applied a
digital camera-style zoom lens to a smartphone. The device is
smaller and weaker than the true Galaxy S4, but the camera could be
a compelling reason for consumers to choose it over other
smartphones in its class.
In April, Samsung unveiled the
, a new line of Galaxy smartphones that reach a maximum size of 6.3
inches. This makes it one of the largest smartphones in the world.
It dwarfs the Galaxy Note II and LG Optimus G Pro, which seem small
in comparison, and is a tad bigger than Huawei's 6.1-inch Ascend
With these and other smartphone models, Samsung may not suffer a
financial loss. The actual Galaxy S4, however, may look less
impressive as sales are spread across the entire Galaxy line.
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