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Monday, August 22, 2005

SPH-A940, SPH-A820 Live Shots

8/22/2005- Unspecified Source
Samsung Innovation

SPH-A820

Speakerphone
Ready Link
96x96 Exterior display (grayscale)
Vision
Intenna
128x160 65K STN display
Voice SMS
Synchronized Vibration from VibeTonzTM
Voice Signal Text-To-Speech (Spoken Navigation)

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SPH-A940

Bluetooth 1.2 (OBEX, BT DUN, NO A2DP - Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
2MP CCD camera with 2x optical zoom
PictBridge functionality
1.9" 176x220 262K internal display
Speech-to-text conversion technology along with full voice commands
TransFlash memory card slot
MIDP 2.0 enabled, MM capable
Unique twisting/swiveling camera/display
Dual stereo speakers with speakerphone
3-D games and user interface
Intenna
Motion-sensing capabilities (Beat Box, Compass, Commands, Games)
EV-DO functionality
Support for Vision Music On Demand
Included in box: Samsung stereo earphones, Samsung wrist strap, 32MB TF card, USB Cable

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Monday, August 15, 2005

Samsung Releases Two Symbian Smartphones

Monday, 15 August 2005- Telecoms Korea
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Samsung Electronics, the world’s third-largest handset maker, releases its first Symbian smartphones, which account for about 80% of smart phones in the global market.

Samsung is going to introduce two Symbian smart phones, SCH-D720 and SGH-D730, in Europe.

Telecoms Korea

The smartphones, unlike other PDA phones, are the size of general handsets. D730 is dual folder phone that weighs just 97g while D720, a slide up phone, weighs only 110g. The phones are the smallest and the lightest smart phones ever released.

Samsung said that, although it has introduced other smart phones adopting Palm, Microsoft and Linux platform, it would put more energy on developing smart phone with introducing those Symbian phones,

The Symbian smartphones will be released in Germany for the first time this month and will be available in France, Italy, Russia and other European nations later on.

According to Data Quest, a market research firm, global smart phone demand will be expanded from 28m units in 2004 to 51m in 2005 and 150m in 2008.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Samsung to lose its only ODM notebook client, Dell

DigiTimes.com [Wednesday 10 August 2005]
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Samsung Electronics will lose its only contract notebook client, Dell, next year, industry sources revealed yesterday.
Samsung's Taiwan office declined to comment on the report, while Samsung's Digital Media Business, which is in charge of the company's notebook business, did not respond at the time of publication.

The Korea company started making notebooks for the US computer giant in the third quarter of 2001, and at that time, they signed a four-year $500 million contract for component purchases, sources with Taiwan notebook makers said.

Samsung currently makes Dell's high-end ultralight 12.1-inch Latitude X1 model, but the US vendor has awarded Quanta Computer the contracts for the Latitude X1's follow-up models, the sources said.

The two companies' contract-notebook relationship is set to terminate in the second half of 2006, the sources said.

Samsung's strength is making ultralight notebooks, and with its design capabilities and component supply channel, it appeared to be a strong candidate to check Taiwan's growing domination of the contract notebook market.

However, fierce pricing from Taiwan makers has driven margins down to levels that make profits difficult, which has forced Samsung and fellow Korean-based firm, LG Electronics, out of the notebook OEM/ODM business.

Last year, LG ended its eight-year-long notebook contract-making relationship with IBM, and it did not receive any new notebook contracts this year from another major client, Hewlett Packard (HP).

Samsung is expected to focus on marketing its own-brand notebooks , with the aim of becoming a world leader in the ultralight segment, the sources said.

Q30 Ultra-Mobility

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Apple Falls Far Behind S. Korean MP3 Player Makers

SEOUL, Aug 10 Asia Pulse

Apple, the manufacturer of the popular MP3 player iPod brand, is lagging far behind South Korean rivals in the local digital music player market, a survey showed Wednesday.

Apple accounted for 1.8 per cent of the South Korean MP3 player market in terms of revenue in the first half of this year, compared with ReignCom Ltd.'s 35 per cent and Samsung Electronics Co.'s 14 per cent, according to the survey by GfK Marketing Services Korea, a marketing consulting firm.

Another South Korean manufacturer, Cowon, is closely challenging Samsung with a market share of 13 per cent, the survey found.

When it comes to unit sales, Apple came in 13th place with a market share of less than 2 per cent, compared with ReignCom with 31 per cent and Samsung with 14 per cent, the survey showed.

The survey found Apple, the world's biggest MP3 player maker, didn't win much attention from South Korean consumers.

Apple's Korean unit officials were not immediately available for comment.

Aside from the top three manufacturers, the nation's MP3 player market is fragmented by smaller Korean makers and Japanese companies such as Sony Corp., the consulting company said.

The value of the MP3 player market in South Korea fell slightly to 174.5 billion won (US$172.2 million) during the first half, compared to 210 billion won a year ago, according to the consulting company.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

New Samsung SPH-A940, SPH-A960 Details Emerge

08-06-2005
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The following is an E-Mail from a Samsung Representative that was posted on PhoneScoop.com:


"the 940 (Giant) will have Bluetooth, but Speakerphone is not showing on the feature list (of course it didn’t show on the list for the a880 either, but that phone has it, so it is possible that the 940 might as well.)

The 960 (Oracle) will be a mid-tier VOD phone with camera/camcorder, and will be our first capable of supporting packaged downloads (pick a download package/theme from Sprint and it sends you menu wallpaper, screensavers, ring tones, external LCD picture, etc, all in your theme. For example, the NASCAR theme makes the external LCD (which is a gorgeous OLED) look like a fuel gauge, and gives you NASCAR themed menu clips and ring tones that sound like the cars speeding past on the track, etc. Very cool.

No pricing indication on either yet, but should be approximately in the a800 range or a little higher. Sprint sets the pricing, so it is hard to say?"


From this, we can deduce that the A960 handset will most likely indeed support Samsung's flash UI which enables the user to quickly download a customizable graphical user interface of their choice. Furthermore, from the fact that it was mentioned that there was an OLED display, we can say that it will a flip device. No mention of a time frame for release however.

As for the A940, there is a speakerphone button on the side, so it will definitely come equipped with one. The A940 should be out soon.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Samsung Electronics Stays on Top of LCD Market: Research Firm

SEOUL, July 28 Asia Pulse -
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South Korean technology giant Samsung Electronics Co. (KSE:005930) remained the world's top supplier of liquid crystal display (LCD) panels in the first half of this year, a U.S. market researcher said Thursday.

Samsung Electronics posted the largest LCD revenue of US$4.51 billion in the January-June period, followed by its arch-rival LG.Philips LCD Co. (KSE:034220) with $4.41 billion, DisplaySearch said.

Samsung has held the top position in the LCD market since 2002.

In terms of sales, Samsung also prevailed over LG.Philips with 46.60 million units versus 40.63 million units.

"Samsung will further increase output from October when the production line of seventh-generation LCDs reaches its peak capacity," a Samsung spokesman said.

The next-generation LCDs enable TV manufacturers to make their products with bigger screens at lower costs.

Samsung's Goal: Be Like BMW

AUGUST 1, 2005 -
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"Like the iconic carmaker, the Korean electronics giant is out to build a brand that people know instantly and desire, says its chief marketer

Since BusinessWeek and leading brand consultancy Interbrand launched our annual ranking of the 100 largest global brands five years ago, no brand has dominated the list more than Samsung, the Korean consumer-electronics maker. In that time, no other global brand has risen as much in brand value -- 186%, to $14.9 billion, by the end of 2004. Advertisement

Surpassed only by eBay (EBAY ) last year in brand growth, Samsung posted a 22% gain, overtaking Sony (SNE ) in overall brand value to become the leading consumer-electronics brand (see BW, 7/4/05, "The Best Product Designs of 2005").

How Samsung did this is a testament to a strategy of singularly focusing on one brand -- a "master brand." With so much media fragmentation and clutter, Samsung believes the master-brand strategy is the only way to reach the consumer today. A similar strategy is being followed by other top gainers on this year's list.

In an interview with Robert Berner, a correspondent in BusinessWeek's Chicago bureau, Samsung's Global Chief Marketing Officer Gregory Lee discusses in detail why Samsung made this shift, why design is a very important part of brand identity, and where the Samsung brand is still weak. Edited excerpts of their conversation follow:


>Read full Business Week article

SAMSUNG Touted As One Of The Fastest Growing Global Brands

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"Beginning in 2001, the newly defined Samsung came out with a line of top-notch mobile phones and digital TVs, products that showed off the company's technical prowess. By vaulting the quality of its offerings above the competition in those areas, Samsung figured it could boost the overall perception of the brand. Besides, consumers form especially strong bonds with cell phones and TVs. Most people carry their mobile phones with them everywhere, while their TV is the center of the family room..."

Read the full story here.

http://samsung.com/PressCenter/PressRelease/PressRelease.asp?seq=20050728_0000180762

Thursday, August 04, 2005

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