Samsung unwraps most up-to-date Galaxy rival to iPhone

Samsung Electronics unveiled a further top-of-the-range Galaxy smartphone in the field of London on Thursday, updating the on the whole in a straight line rival to Apple's iPhone with a superior impress screen and new powerful notebook.

The South Korean know-how congregate, which overtook Finnish company Nokia (NOK1V.HE) in the role of the world's biggest cellphone maker earlier this time, thought the further Galaxy SIII typical would die on rummage sale in the field of a little markets in the field of behind schedule may possibly and around the humanity from June.

Keep up week, Samsung (005930.KS) reported a release $5.2 billion monthly profit, boosted by Galaxy smartphone range whose sales outstripped the iPhone.

Samsung sold around 45 million smartphones in the field of the opening quarter and contributed on the whole of its operating profit.

The further Galaxy SIII typical long for allow a 4.8 move slowly impress screen, 8 megapixel camera and long for make use of the most up-to-date version of Google's (GOOG.O) machine software.

Analysts thought the projected massive marketing campaign and skin texture of the handset - to be paid in the role of the administrator smartphone of the London 2012 Olympics - were likely adequate to generate stanch sales, but the launch gone many of them unexcited.

"It is not an eye-catching device so as to long for overwhelm consumers," thought IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo.

The blue illumination in the field of the launch venue downtown London, echoing the cold damp sunlight hours outside, and the background sounds of nature, which Samsung thought inspired the design, resulted in the field of a equally soft feeling in the field of the area.

Superior plan, superior SALES

Won-Pyo Hong, chief of upshot strategy by the side of Samsung's cell responsibility, thought it projected sales of the Galaxy SIII to exceed predecessor SII's new than 20 million units.

"Definitely, we expect so. The level of attract from our partners has been superior," Hong told Reuters in the field of an interview. He thought the marketing plan would too augment, even if brand awareness was already quite area of high pressure.

"We need to squander new on Asus A32-K72 marketing to take in hand consumer attract and to convene rations of our partners," he thought.

Analysts thought the further device represented a alarming challenge to rivals, set a combination of the Galaxy brand, sales support from operators and burdensome marketing.

"Samsung duty reach the on the whole of a 4-5 month window of opportunity with the Galaxy SIII facing Apple changes the game previously new with its after that generation iPhone," thought Geoff Blaber, analyst by the side of CCS Insight.

The further Galaxy long for come about powered by Samsung's quad-core microprocessor, which the company hopes long for too come about used in the field of handsets made by HTC (2498.TW) and Motorola (MMI.N), in the role of well in the role of Apple, its biggest customer in favor of components.

The Exynos 4 Quad, based on British flake designer ARM fortune (ARM.L) Cortex A9 know-how, enables new tasks in the field of a shorter full stop of stage - in favor of instance streaming cartridge can run on single foundation while the other cores keep posted Asus A32-K72 applications, link up to the net and skim virus-check, at the same time.


Apple (AAPL.O) and Samsung's on the verge of duopoly in the field of high-end smartphones was not projected to come up to under menace this time before after that.

"Samsung is straight away the barely company so as to can compete with Apple and challenge it in the field of the smartphone segment," thought IDC's Jeronimo.

Samsung shares attack a life area of high pressure in the same way as its first-quarter results, pushing its sell worth to $190 billion, 11 time so as to of Japanese rival Sony (6758.T), though still barely a third of Apple's, the world's on the whole valuable company.

In the field of stark contrast shares in the field of Nokia, whose having a bet on a tie-up with Microsoft (MSFT.O) to revive its fortunes in the field of the lucrative smartphone sell Asus A32-K72, are by the side of a 15-year low. Nokia thought keep up month it would reach a first-half loss in the role of it struggles to revamp its upshot line.

Know-how study definite Ovum thought in the field of a take notice of on Thursday it projected Microsoft to determine its Windows Phone in the role of a applicable smartphone platform barely by 2017.

By the side of its yearly gathering on Thursday, Nokia's chairman-designate defended the group's turn strategy to investors down patience with its pains to catch up.