In today’s mobile news roundup: Samsung announced 100M Galaxy S devices sold; Apple cuts iPhone components orders due to weak demand; amd ASUS launches 7” Android tablet.
Samsung announced 100M Galaxy S devices sold
As of January 13, 2013, the combined total sales of the Samsung Galaxy S, SII, and SIII have surpassed 100,000,000. When Samsung released the Galaxy S in 2010, it took just seven months to sell over 10 million units, and has now reached over 24 million global channel shipments. The Galaxy SII was released in 2011, reaching the 10 million mark in just five months, now achieving a whopping 40 million shipments.
Because of this success, Samsung recently unveiled a revamped SII, the Galaxy SII Plus, which has some of the innovative features of the SIII such as Smart Stay, S Voice and Pop-Up Play. It also runs the latest version of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS. As for the Galaxy SIII, it is Samsung’s fastest selling Galaxy device, reaching 20 million global channel sales in just 100 days and has now passed 40 million unit channel sales.
Apple cuts iPhone component orders due to weak demand
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, sources familiar with the matter have stated that Apple has cut orders for iPhone components because of weak demand for the iPhone 5. The report stated that Apple has informed suppliers of the order cut last month, which was interpreted as sales of the iPhone 5 being lower than expected.
Two of WSJ’s sources stated that orders for the screens of the iPhone 5 have been cut, half of what they’ve previously planned to order. The low demand for Apple’s smartphone is attributed to the fact that more people are interested in the ready array of devices, which ranges from high-end to low-end mobile products, offered namely by Samsung. Some markets have also taken quite an interest in phones offered by Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei Technologies.
Apple’s order cut is expected to affect first quarter sales of component makers since they would not find other companies needing of those components. Most of these parts are highly customized for use in Apple’s devices, and have made up a substantial sector of the global market and supply chain. Samsung, however, is already preparing for the day when Apple no longer places large components orders with their plants, proactively developing a strategy to put their resources to better use in the future.
With further analysis on Apple’s recalculated expectations is contributing editor John Cassaretto, who appeared on this morning’s NewsDesk program with Kristin Feledy.
ASUS launches 7” Android tablet
Asus enters the affordable tablet market with their 7” tablet offering, dubbed the Memo Pad. It features a 1 GHz VIA WM8950 CPU and a Mali-400 GPU, LED-backlit display that supports 10-points of touch, has a resolution of 1024 x 600 and offers 140-degree viewing angles. It’s available in 8GB and 16GB of internal storage, but can be upgraded with up to 32GB of storage via a microSD.
It also has a 1MP front-facing camera featuring a back-illuminated sensor that can record 720p HD resolution video. Inside Asus’ latest tablet you’ll also find integrated Wi-Fi, an integrated microphone, a 3.5 mm headphone por,t and an internal battery that lasts for seven hours in a single charge.
The tablet will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Memo Pad is available in three colors, Sugar White, Titanium Gray and Cherry Pink and all three have the same non-slip diamond-pattern finish on the back. The Memo Pad is priced at $149 for the basic version.