Samsung Galaxy S5 sales expected to dip 25 per cent in Q3 2014 due to iPhone 6

Although Samsung expected to sell over 21 million Galaxy S5 units in Q3 2014, Samsung is expecting a 25% drop in orders for the next quarter (Q3, 2014) to just 15 million units. This drop is expected due to the upcoming Apple iPhone 6 and the recently released LG G3. The announcement of last year’s iPhone 5S had the same effect of Galaxy S4’s sales. According to sources, Apple will release the iPhone 6 in 4.7 inch screen and 5.5 inch screen variants.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Even LG G3 is putting a lot of pressure on Samsung Galaxy S5 as it looks better, has faster camera and a larger screen in similar sized body. According to the reports, in the initial few days after its launch, LG G3 managed to ship 25,000 to 30,000 units each day. On the other hand, only 7,000 to 8,000 Galaxy S5 devices were sold each day during its initial launch days.

I personally liked the LG G3 better than the Galaxy S5 but I might switch to Apple iPhone 6 with a 4.7 inch display and I am excited about iOS 8 because I already have other devices from Apple ecosystem. But I can’t leave Android as my primary device. What are you people excited about? Do let us know your choice of flagship smartphone.

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  • Rama June 8, 2014 8:24 pm

    *I really did not read the entire article and just read bits and pieces and started commenting.Now I read a phrase where a comparison between the launch day sales of G3 and S5 is shown but its not a proper comparison in fair terms.Actually a rule was passed in south Korea whereby operators were prevented from adding new subscribers for a particular period and S5’s global launch date fell in that period so operators started giving out S5 much before the actual launch date of S5 and this is the reason behind Samsung’s launch date numbers in Korea being low.

    *The Samsung Galaxy S5’s global launch date was supposed to be 11 April and as you will notice in the link below many carriers were banned from adding new subscribers on 11 April

    *On the other hand G3 started selling from may 28th and many almost all operators were allowed to add new subscriberson 28th may. This was the major and most explainable reason for Samsung’s low launch day figures compared to G3.

  • Mohit June 8, 2014 8:23 am

    After iphone 6 release in India the price of Iphone 5s and 5c will come down(I hope so). I will buy 5s for 30k or 5c for 20k. Or else I will buy Moto G 4G lte.

  • Madhan Kumar June 8, 2014 12:51 am

    What ever you guys say,I will buy ONE PLUS ONE SMART PHONE only.I am just waiting for it’s huge general availability i.e without invites in U.S.A. May be atleast by september I think that there will be general availability in U.S,so I will wait and get it shipped from U.S via DHL with the help of my friend’s relative.I am only afraid about our Indian country’s customs so pls any guys help me to find out that,how much would be the total Indian tax & Customs for getting a $349 64 GB ULTIMATE VERSION OF OPO from
    U.S. I am very much afraid that our Indian customers would charge me the double the price tag of OPO,so pls guys recommend me a way to know the approx Indian customs tax that it would be charged on me,pls. I also confirmed with OPO CSC that the prices of OPO are inclusive of all taxes in U.S. OPO,also did confirmed that Indian launch would be only by 2015. For me OPO is the real flagship killer with it’s great nominal price tag and also it does supports India’s Dual LTE BANDS Viz TDD LTE BAND 40(2300 Mhz) and also the recently auctioned FDD LTE BAND 3(1800 Mhz).

  • LolaChan June 7, 2014 8:48 pm

    in middle east S5 cost only 32K only because there is no tax there .But in India it cost 50K. ha ha ha…try to get one from ME or africa ha ha ha ….

    • Rama June 7, 2014 10:53 pm

      *Its available for 39k on flipkart

  • Rama June 7, 2014 8:07 pm

    *Now this by no way means that the Galaxy S5 is a flop.The Samsung Galaxy S5 may be a flop in terms of innovation but in terms of sales numbers its definitely better than most other Android flagships released this year.

    *Cutting down orders for the next quarter after a smartphone’s launch is a general practice used by many manufacturers and nothing to cough at.For example I clearly remember that Apple had reduced component supplies by as much as 50% a month after iphone 5’s release so does that mean that iphone 5 is a flop?Definitely not!.Yeah overall the G3 is a better device than S5 infact even Z2 and HTC One 2014 are better than S5 but can they come anywhere near S5’s sales? definitely not and one of the reasons is because of weak marketing these companies have compared to Samsung.

    *From hiring a entire terminal at heathrow airport to taking selfies with obama Samsung’s marketing department is leaving nothing.Apart from that is the pricing power which Samsung has compared to other companies.I mean the S5 is available for 39.5k at flipkart,One 2014 is available for 46.5k on flipkart,Z2 is available for 48.9k on flipkart.So its clear that S5 has the lowest price in the range of 2014 flagship.Now combine this low price tag with high marketing Samsung has and the S5 is bound to be super hit in India.Even by selling the S5 at 39.5k Samsung still manages to earn a nice profit because initial manufacturing costs of S5 are not more than say 300$/18k.Apart from that given the volumes Samsung is able to achieve with S5 the marketing and R&D and other costs get evenly spread out on all devices and cost less than 100$ per device.Margins in the tech industry are one of the highest.For example I somewhere read that in the automobile industry the car maker with highest margins is porsche at 17% or so(I am not sure about it though) whereas in tech industry manufacturers like Apple are easily able to have 200%+ margins on their devices and given the volumes Apple has its little wonder that Apple is currently the richest or second richest company on earth.The tech industry has very high margins and moves very fast so it makes sense to cut prices as it won’t affect the manufacturer terribly.Companies like HTC seriously need to get their pricing right for example the year old HTC One Max is still retailing for 48.5k and HTC One mini which is also a year old is available for 30k at such steep prices and a lack marketing and proper after sales support in some cases in India how can HTC expect them to do well.On the other hand S4 mini is available for 17k and S4 is available for 29k so its hardly shocking that people are preferring Samsung over HTC.

    *Regarding iphone 6 even I have a strong feeling that it will be a best seller and after ios 8 has come out it only increases the chances of iphone 6 being a solid device.For one ios 8 has solved a lot of software woes people had with ios.keyboard was something people always moaned about with ios.Apple solved the same by allowing third part key boards.Next the notification centre is also more active than before.The continuity feature is something that is gonna lock people even more to the Apple eco-system.The finger print scanner has also been made available to third party apps making its usefulness increase by a million times.One hardware woe many people had with iphone were the small screen size Apple is catering to the same by having iphone 6 with a 4.7 inch display.I know I know that Apple fans had always complained about large screen phones but once Apple implements the same Apple fans would happily accept it that’s how they work.Now that the most common hardware and software woes have been addressed what can possibly stop the iphone 6 from selling well.

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