At a rare analyst day event held in Seoul today, Samsung’s JK Shin announced that the company had sold more than 100 million Galaxy smartphones and Note phablets this year alone. Samsung is expecting to play a major role in emerging smartphone markets like India, Brazil and China, where it estimates smartphone sales will increase from 630 million units in 2013 to over 1 billion units by 2017, accounting for 69 percent of the emerging markets smartphone shipments. Also Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42
While the industry is expecting the high-end smartphone segment to slow down, Samsung is anticipating that the premium smartphone segment will outgrow market forecasts and is also gearing up for ultra premium smartphones. The company is rumored to launch a Galaxy F range of ultra-premium smartphones next year. Also Read - Galaxy A22 replaces M42 5G to become the cheapest 5G Samsung phone in India
Samsung is also leading what it calls the ‘Fonblet’ segment. Terrible name aside, these are devices with big displays and stylus input or what we knew as PDAs before smartphones came into play. These could also indicate upcoming phablets with displays bigger than the Galaxy Note 3 and S-Pen input. Currently, apart from the Galaxy Note 3 and its predecessors, Samsung has the S-Pen input on the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets. Also Read - Gorilla Glass DX, DX+ to now protect your phone cameras, will debut on a Samsung phone
Overall, Shin believes that Samsung’s smartphone division still has room to grow with upcoming LTE deployments and the company’s innovations around bendable displays and companion devices. He also envisions that Samsung would overtake Apple in the tablet space too.