The Samsung Galaxy S2 or S II is probably the device that we’ve written most about over the last few months, with the iPhone 5 being its nearest contender for articles. One of the queries still surrounding the Galaxy S2 though is when it will actually see a U.S. release and this is a subject that continues to intrigue.
A few weeks ago we published a Galaxy S2 US release roundup in which we included all the rumors and speculation so far and carrier news. Stateside it will have alternative names, the Within for Sprint, Function for Verizon and the Attain for AT&T and we know from readers’ comments to our previous posts, just how many of you are waiting eagerly, although not as patiently as previously. Recently we told how the Galaxy S2 was in danger of missing the boat if Samsung didn’t fulfill a release soon, especially with phones like the HTC EVO 3D making an appearance and the Motorola Droid Bionic out soon. We then wrote about how both HTC and Motorola were benefitting from the non-appearance so far of the Galaxy S2 in the US and also the iPhone 5, not due until fall, but still no news has come about a US release.
It’s all very odd as Samsung surely cannot fail to have noticed how desired this handset is in the US especially as amazing sales records for other regions have just been released. There’s also been news of a Canada release soon for the Galaxy S2 but still the US waits. A few days ago OSM’s Tim Ollason wrote about how sales of the Galaxy S2 were likely to soar following a US release, referring to earlier stories of Samsung sales targets of 10 million for the S2 and also asking if Samsung would be able to keep up with the demand when it finally arrives. It does seem very bizarre then that Samsung and the US carriers seem to be dragging their feet but now an article over on The Chosunilbo may shed some light on this.
It refers to the fact that although sales of 3 million have now been reached for the Galaxy S2, half of those sales were in Korea. As domestic sales accounts for half of sales so far, it seems to contradict Samsung’s claims of the Galaxy S2 being a global market handset. A Samsung executive said, “We expect the domestic sales proportion to dwindle over time while global sales will rise,” while later adding, “Negotiations with American telecom companies have dragged on.” However other insiders point to the fact that Samsung makes more profits from domestic sales than from those made overseas. Could this be the reason then, why the Galaxy S2 has still not made it to sale in the US, two and a half months on from the release in Korea?
The Chosenilbo points to the competition from HTC and Motorola in the US as one of the reasons why Samsung hasn’t hurried to release it there, competition which wasn’t nearly so tough last year with the release of the original Galaxy S. It’s worth noting that when the Galaxy S launched last year it was released in the US only one month later. How different this time around!
We’d like to hear your thoughts on this. Can the non-appearance of the US Galaxy S2 so far, really be due to the fact that Samsung makes more profits from its domestic market? Is this unrealistic given that the US market would be so huge and profit is still profit even if the margins are not so high? Are you still waiting for the Galaxy S2? We’re really interested to hear your views on this so let us have your comments.
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