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Samsung is growing fast

$538 million to settle antitrust claims

Seven companies including Samsung and Sharp Corporation have agreed to pay $538 million to settle antitrust claims involving LCD price fixing. These Liquid Crystal Display panels were used in TVs and computers. Samsung wants to focus on new products in 2012 to get ahead of competitors. Lee Kuan Hee is the Chairman of Samsung. Already Samsung and Hyundai have warned their workers to brace themselves for economic uncertainty. This may be a warning that a retrenchment is around the corner.

$10 billion company by 2013

Samsung has gone very advanced in smartphones. It is perceived as a leader in many countries including India. Its galaxy smartphones are the most sought after. Android operating system inside the Galaxy lends charm to the users. Many applications can be downloaded free of cost from the Android market through the air quickly and efficiently. After Nokia introduced its Windows smartphone, the competition between Nokia and Samsung has toughened. Samsung aims to be a $10 billion player by the year 2013. Everybody is waiting eagerly for the launch of Galaxy Nexus smartphone from Samsung which will, for the first time, feature the latest Android 4.0 ice cream sandwich operating system. Samsung finished the financial year 2011 as a Rs.16000 crore company in India.

Array of products in India

Samsung has an array of products in India. Samsung is attaching lot of importance to India in smartphones and consumer durables. Samsung and LG have cornered around half of the consumer electronics market in India. In the mobile phones market, Nokia is the market leader with a 31.5% share followed by Samsung with a 17.5% share. LG has a 5% share. In the smartphones market, Samsung is the market leader. Mobile phone market in India is small at around 10 million units per annum, but it is growing at a faster rate. This is what is attracting the major players to India. After USA and China, India is the third largest market for mobile phones. Samsung has plans to make India as an export hub for its mobile phones.

Focussing on two-door refrigerators

Samsung invested $75 million in augmenting its refrigerator facility in its Chennai plant. It sold 1.4 million refrigerators last year. One-door refrigerators constitute an overwhelming 78% of the refrigerators market in India. But Samsung is focussing on two-door refrigerators. Samsung has garnered a 32% market share in the premium segment category. But surprisingly, LG has more market share than Samsung here.

Plasma TVs are outdated

In television market, LED TVs are selling faster than LCD and Plasma TVs. In fact there is almost no demand for Plasma TVs in India. Many companies have stopped manufacturing them. Very soon, one may see plasma TVs only in museums. Samsung’s TV division is also focussing on the niche segments of DVD Players, Blu-ray players, multimedia players and home theatres. In the air conditioners, Samsung is focussing on split air conditioners rather than Windows. Indian taste is changing. 80% of the air conditioners that have been sold last year belong to the split air conditioner category. Samsung is concentrating on automatic models in washing machines segment. 85% of the washing machines are of top loading type, but the trend is changing in favour of front loading type.

Between a smartphone and a tablet

Samsung Galaxy Note claims to be in between a smartphone and a tablet. It has an identity problem. One can call it a large phone or a little tablet. It comes with a stylus. The stylus is really useful. One can even draw diagrams and colour them with the stylus. The phone comes with a 1.4 GHz Exynos dual core processor. The screen is large and very nice. It is a 5.3 inches HD display Super AMOLED with 1280 × 800 pixels. This is the best screen for any smartphone today. It has a front facing 2 MP camera and a rear camera with capacity 8 MP. It is priced at around Rs.33000.

Galaxy Nexus may disappoint

Even though much is hyped about the forthcoming Galaxy Nexus, in my opinion the users may be disappointed. Compared to Galaxy Note, one may get less in Nexus. For example there is only one camera with a 5MP capacity. The processor speed is 1.2 GHz with the same dual core type. The screen size is 4.65 inches. What is new is that the phone has a face unlock future. If you simply smile before the camera, it unlocks. It also has a NFC (Near Face Communication) built in. It ensures quick mobile to mobile data transfers and also funds transfer through mobile phone. There is no expandability option in the phone.

Galaxy Y Pro DUOS

Samsung will be introducing its Galaxy Y Pro DUOS. It is a dual-SIM phone. It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It has a 2.6 inch QVGA LCD touchscreen with a QWERTY keypad, 3 MP rear camera, VGA front camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a micro SD card slot. It has Polaris for editing office documents. The price is not known.

Patent suit against Apple

Samsung has filed new claims against Apple in its patents war. Big chipmakers like Samsung and Qualcomm have launched handset development platforms to manufacture handsets. So far, Indian manufacturers were relying on Taiwanese companies for these handset chips. For the first time in the company’s history, Samsung has sold more than 300 million mobile sets worldwide in 2011. Samsung will launch its sale of Galaxy Tab in Australia. Samsung has won its long legal fight with Apple in Australia. Samsung has launched its first Windows Phone in India. This shows that Samsung is gearing up to the possibility of being denied Android software by Google following Google’s acquisition of Motorola’s phone manufacturing facilities.

Do not buy very thin laptops or tablets

Samsung’s Indian R&D engineers are collaborating with their global counterparts to develop leading edge solutions in mobile handsets. Samsung has launched for the first time its 4G smartphones in South Korea. It is based on the fourth generation communication technology. Samsung has tripled its capacity for production of mobile handsets in its Noida plant from 1.2 crore handsets per annum to 3.6 handsets per annum at an investment cost of $70 million. It has created 1500 new jobs. Samsung will be launching its instant messaging tool to attract more customers to its smartphones. Samsung is also focussing on camera market as it is a fast growing item among the youth. India has youth comprising a majority of its population. It has also launched two tablets namely Galaxy Tab 750 and Galaxy Tab 730. Samsung has claimed that these two are the world’s thinnest tablets measuring just 8.6 mm. But buyers should avoid buying very thin laptops or tablets or phones as the storage capacity of these devices is insufficient.

N100 attracts

Samsung N100 netbook has attracted attention. It weighs a little above a kg. it functions on Intel’s MeeGo operating system. It has a 10.1 inch LED display which eliminates glare with its matte finish. The netbook is enveloped in Duracase for protection. It has an easy web access and can also efficiently process anything offline. It is priced at Rs.12290. Samsung is planning to expand its R&D operations in India. It is planning to hire around 2000 people a year. The German court has lifted its ban on Samsung tablet sales. This has come as a boost for Samsung.

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