Enterprise Mobility: Samsung Galaxy S II Won't Sell Well: 10 Reasons Why
Samsung's Galaxy S II Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" smartphone made its auspicious debut in the United States Aug. 30 after a few months of stellar sales in Korea, Japan and Europe. The smartphone, which topped 5 million in unit sales in less than three months, isn't actually set to launch on a U.S. carrier until Sept. 16, when Sprint will launch Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch Sept. 16 for $199.99 con contract. It is unclear when AT&T and T-Mobile will sell their S II models, and Verizon Wireless isn't selling one at all. The Galaxy S II in the United States has 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) support, an 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, topped with a crisp, clear 4.3-inch screen with Super Active-Matrix Organic LED Plus (Super AMOLED Plus) display. But Samsung may have winged itself by launching the handset so late into the summer, following an August that saw virtually no major smartphone launches outside of Research In Motion's BlackBerry Bold 9900/9300 series handsets, which were based on the new BlackBerry 7 platform. With that in mind, eWEEK runs through the top 10 reasons why Samsung will struggle to replicate here in the United States the success the Galaxy S II had overseas.
The Galaxy S II missed its summer window. Few handsets were released for the entire month of August. That is wasted time and opportunity in the ultra-competitive market for high-end phones from Samsung as well as from other rivals, such as Apple, Windows Phone 7 and RIM BlackBerry. RIM, at least, did take advantage of the August launch opportunity to launch its new BlackBerry Bold models.