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Smartphone Market Behavior in 3rd Quarter of 2013

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This post will give you an idea about the smartphone market behaviour in quarter 3 of 2013. In an earlier post we provided an overview about the smartphone market bahaviour of quarter 2 of 2013. Telco.lk will continue to put up posts related to smartphone market behaviour, since it will help you to deciding on a buying decision of a smartphone.

IDC (International Data Corporation) has played a huge role in getting the stats sorted and releasing them on time for reference of general public. This post is also based on statistics taken from IDC’s website. As per my view, if anyone interested in reading about trends in market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets IDC is the best place to visit.

A total development of 38.5% has shown year over year in the 3rd quarter of 2013 showing approximately 258.4 million of smartphones have been shipped in the entire world. It shows a production improvement of 21.4 million units by the 3rd quarter with respect to second quarter of 2013.

The 3rd quarter shows an instantaneous growth in smartphone shipments mainly because of reduction of price boundaries for the customers by the overall vendors. Low cost Android devices helped for this development a lot.

All vendors of smartphone manufacturers show frequent development of their sales in the 3rd quarter, basically most sale growing companies of smartphones can be named as Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Lenovo, LG respectively. 

Samsung has shown a huge development in shipments because of their smooth performance devices compared with other Android devices from other vendors. Even Samsung is having problems with battery power management. Performance wise Samsung is better than all other Android smartphones. Apple has increased their shipments with the release of 5S with the newly finger print protection and also 5C lead for the development of their market. Huawei also managed to achieve the market with the release of low budget packages for their customers expanding for their shipments for the European regions too since they have achieved their goals in Asian market. It’s not surprising to see that Huawei’s new smartphone is selling well. They offer a super slim design with iPhone like finishes, a beautiful 4.7 inch display and one that could operate when wearing gloves. Whether Huawei has the steam to go on to challenge Apple’s second spot remains to be seen, but for now, they’re a formidable competitor in China. If Apple would have had a 4.7 inch display out this year it is an uncertainity that Huawei would have enjoyed such a spike. On the other hand, Huawei made the right moves to impress the Chinese consumer. Lenovo has managed to overcome the shipments and expanding their market more comparable with LG getting a high demand for their devices in European regions.

 

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HUAWEI has been a revolutionary vendor in world smartphone market. They have come up to the status they are in through continuous innovations. World’s slimmest smartphone at 6.18 mm – HUAWEI Ascend P6 is a classic example for this.

 

When looking at the trand HUAWEI can be considered as a huge achiever with its introduction of low cost smartphones with high end features. HUAWEI Ascend series has been a success in low end markets.

Explained demonstration about distribution and their development is illustrated in the following table.

Vendor 3Q13 Unit Shipments 3Q13 Market Share 3Q12 Unit Shipments 3Q12 Market Share Year-over-year Change
Samsung 81.2 31.4% 57.8 31.0% 40.5%
Apple 33.8 13.1% 26.9 14.4% 25.7%
Huawei 12.5 4.8% 7.1 3.8% 76.5%
Lenovo 12.3 4.7% 6.9 3.7% 77.6%
LG 12.0 4.6% 7.0 3.8% 71.4%
Others 106.6 41.3% 80.5 43.2% 32.4%
Total 258.4 100.0% 186.2 100.0% 38.8%

[Top Five Smartphone Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share, Q3 2013 (Units in Millions)]

References: http://www.idc.com

Prepared By: Asela Ekanayake (Undergraduate from SLIIT, Sri Lanka, Electronic Engineering)

Revolution Continues in Mobile Device Industry – SmartWatch Has Come to the Party

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Qualcomm Toq SmartWatch

Another mobile device which has the capability of creating a multibillion dollar industry has emerged. It is known as the SmartWatch. Will it become the next big thing in mobile device industry? When looking at the way Smartphone took off after 2007, we can expect SmartWatch to have the same behaviour as well. I say so because, people look for convenience. When Smartphone was introduced in 2007 people realized that they could perform most of the frequent tasks which they were performing using a PC at that time, using a Smartphone.

But with time Smartphones became a bit larger and now Smartphone vendors have introduced a hybrid version of a tablet and a phone. It is called the Phablet.  With people moving away from PCs to Smart phones, phablets and tablets it is inevitable to keep the screens of the devices smaller. But to take a phone call, to type a text message, to reject a phone call, to send an e – mail, to listen to music, etc taking the device out frequently might be a troublesome thing to do.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear – This Priced $299 in USA.

With the introduction of SmartWatch most of the frequent uses of Smartphone could be fulfilled without taking the device out. This is the convenience people will have and experience. But one thing SmartWatch vendors might have to look at is the price of the device. It is hard to believe people spending a few hundreds of dollars to buy the convenience it offers after spending a few hundreds of dollars for a Smartphone. At this argument would be relevant for developing countries.

Qualcomm introduces the first notable SmartWatch to the market. It is known as “Qualcomm Toq”. “Samsung Galaxy Gear” was the 2nd notable SmartWatch which took the interest of mobile device users. Samsung unveiled it on 25th September 2013. Samsung Galaxy Gear cost USA consumers $299. This is a bit higher price for a user in a developing country. Sony introduced their SmartWatch – Sony SmartWatch 2, this week for a price of $199.99 in USA. Still the price is a concern for a user in a developing country. Rumors are there about a Google and an Apple SmartWatches as well.

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Sony Launched Their SmartWatch – Sony SmartWatch 2 in mid October 2013

During the launch of Samsung Galaxy Gear in Germany, Samsung’s head of Think Tank Team and Director of Research introduced the device saying that Samsung’s SmartWatch as one of the engineering marvels of 21st century and he finished his speech by welcoming the world to the future.

Surprisingly HP and Lenovo have not announced anything related to its own SmartWatch, where as all other notable mobile device vendors have announced their interest in having their own SmartWatch. Even Nokia has announced their interest in having own SmartWatch. One notable challenge SmartWatch vendors have to address is, making them compatible with maximum number of Smart Phones.

Samsung to Expand Galaxy S Family – Samsung Galaxy S 5 Launch Predicted in Early 2014

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Hotly Anticipated Samsung Galaxy S 5 Might Launch in January 2014

According to the latest IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker which was released on July 25, 2013, by the end of the 2nd quarter of 2013, Samsung shipped more than doubled the total volumes of the next largest vendor – Apple, and shipped more units than the next four vendors combined. Samsung lead the Smartphone vendor list quite comfortably with a market share of 30.4%.

As per my view two factors have contributed vastly to the success of Samsung Smartphone. Those factors are continuous innovation and R&D and Android OS. They got the right mix in right time, which leads them to become market leader in the domain which Apple Inc. founded in 2007.

Year 2013 has been a challenging year for Samsung. They had to face a ban in USA. Apple Inc., Samsung’s biggest rival filed a case stating that Samsung has infringed 4 of Apple’s patents. Samsung found guilty of infringing on two patents: one that covers touch-screen technology, as well as a patent dealing with headphone jacks. This was not the first time they faced such a challenge from Apple.

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Samsung – Apple Clash Has Become a Normal Thing Now a days

After the ban was imposed by USA Government Samsung spokesman Adam Yates issued a statement. After addressing about the ban, he has given a hint about the strategy which Samsung is going to follow in launching Smart devices. The statement is as follows. “Samsung will continue to launch many innovative products, and we have already taken measures to ensure that all of our products will continue to be available in the United States.”

Unlike Apple, Samsung has had a very shorter time periods between their products. Samsung Galaxy Smartphone series is a prime example for this. The Galaxy S4 launched in April of this year, a follow-up to the Galaxy S III that launched 11 months prior to that. In between a few other Samsung products were launched. Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Galaxy S III Mini, Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 are some of the famous products which were launched in between S III and S IV.

At the beginning of this week a Korean news website Naver (www.naver.com) has reported that Samsung is going to launch its 5th member of Samsung Galaxy S family by the end of next January. If that happens the S IV and S V are only 9 months apart. Naver news site belongs to a Samsung’s ex – employee according to a few blog posts.

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Samsung Exynos Processor

Samsung Galaxy S V is predicted to have a 16 megapixel camera in it. It is an improvement from the 13 mega pixel camera Samsung Galaxy S IV has. All the previous versions including the Samsung Galaxy S IV had all plastic cases. But S V is predicted to be different. It is predicted to have an all metal case. Also Samsung might go for a Samsung Exynos processor to replace the Qualcomm Snapdragon chip in the Galaxy S4. New optical image stabilization feature is another feature that is predicted to have in S V.

Samsung Galaxy S series lovers can wait until the end of January 2014 or end of February 2014 to see the launch of the brand new device. But let’s hope the wait would be a quite a unique one which would lead to quite a unique experience.

Nest – A Company with “APPLEness”

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Nest Protect – Reinventing the Smoke Detector

I believe it is ok to say that APPLE Inc. is another name for INNOVATION. Apple Inc. can be considered as the most innovative organization in 1st decade of 21st century. That is because, whenever Apple Inc. has come up with a product it has revolutionized the field that product belong to. iPhone, iPad and iPod are prime examples to prove it.  Some people believe that Steve Jobs as the reason for Apple’s success in technological innovation. There can be a truth in that. But how many engineers, designers, developers, etc might have put their efforts, ideas, etc to make those products a success?  

Tony Fadell is one such person who has put all his efforts to make Apple iPod a success. Tony Fadell once ran Apple’s iPod division and was part of Steve Jobs’ inner circle. To head iPod division and to work closely with Steve Jobs there should be something special about Fadell.

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Tony Fadell – The Founder and CEO of NEST. Fadell once ran Apple’s iPod Division. Due to that he has that APPLEness in him.

Now Tony Fadell has become an entrepreneur. He has started his own company named ‘Nest’with the support of a few investers – Google Ventures, Generation_, LightSpeed Venture Partners and Shasta Ventures. What Fadell says about Nest is as follows. “We take the unloved products in your home and make simple, beautiful and thoughtful things”.

The first ‘unloved’ thing Nest has chosen is the ‘smoke detector’. It is very hard to see smoke detectors in homes in most developing countries, though it is the case with developed countries. But in each country almost every commercial building has smoke detectors. When I saw the images and the idea of Fadell I had doubts in my mind. But the way he has given the thought about smoke detectors is completely different from the way I lead my thought process.

When he was asked about the reason for him to go for a product like a smoke detector he has replied by saying “Why not smoke detectors? Why hasn’t there been any innovation since the ’70s in smoke detectors as far as I can tell? They look basically the same. They do basically the same thing. And they annoy you the same as they did the ’70s when I was growing up. You know, they beep at night. They’ll beep and go off when you’re cooking, when you’re taking a shower”.

Steve Jobs and Apple revolutionized the way computer is being used in 1980s. The same combination revolutionized the music industry with the introduction of iPod. In 2007, with the introduction of iPhone, same combination revolutionized whole mobile phone business and data business all around the world. Being an Apple’s ex employee Fadell also seems to be having the revolutionary mind set. He and his team has the idea of revolutionizing the way a typical home is functioned. With the use of available technologies such as internet, mobile phones, etc Nest expects to revolutionize the way people are typically connected to their Homes.

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Nest Plans to do What Apple Does. They are planning to revolutionize the way people engage with their homes.

Fadell says that smoke detector launched by Nest, namely ‘Nest Protect’ and the previous product to Nest Protect – ‘Nest Learning Thermostat’ are only the starting point of the revolution. Answer to the question whether Nest would become successful or not could be seen in coming years. But Fadell and his team is quite certain about their success. It is quite clear from following statement which has made by Fadell. “Absolutely. Look, we’re talking about revolutionizing yet another category that you interact with at some point in your life or is part of your life. … We are passionate about … thermostats, and we’re passionate about smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Why? That’s what it takes to reinvent categories. You need to have the passion. This isn’t just about business. This is about changing our lives and changing your lives to make it better.”

Nest is a company which is trying to grab a ‘Blue Ocean’ through continuous innovation and R&D. When looking at the things that they are trying to achieve one would say there is nothing extraordinary in the idea. But the specialty is in the way these people have knitted the existing resources and the concept of theirs. When looking at the concept they will use the networks of Telecommunication Service Providers heavily. That is to make the connectivity between the devices they are going to use in the solution. At the end of the day any operator could name Nest’s solution as a value added service. In near future Nest will come to your country as well. I say so because, Fadell says that their product can be seen in 90 odd countries.

So, if we could apply some Appleness to our thinking, with the great telecom infrastructure available in most parts of the world anyone could come up with a multibillion dollar idea. Finally it would be good to look at what Fadell says about his past involvement with Apple. As per him that is the place where he has learnt about ABCs of entrepreneurship.

“Apple was an amazing experience. And many of the people here are from there. And the biggest lessons we learned is about experience, right? It’s all about creating experience. Not just a product experience, but a sales experience. How do you learn about the brand experience? About how people communicate the experience they have to their friends and family. You know, I learned before coming to Apple about how you could make a great experience in the product. At Apple, [I learned] how you sell it. How you package it. How you unbox it. All of those things were key to the experience, and what we believe we’re doing here at Nest.”

Will Camera Lens Become a Serious Concern for Smartphone Buyers When Buying a Smart Phone?

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When I was a teenager I did not have a personal mobile phone. Two of my friends had mobile phones. One was a NOKIA 1100 and the other one was a Sony Ericsson phone. This was in around 2000-2002 period. I also had the desire of having my own mobile phone. But my mother didn’t allow me to have one. During that period those phones were like ‘heaven’ for me. But with time what has happened to the mobile phone market? Some amazing things have happened over last decade. The amount of technological advancement which has taken place in mobile phone industry is unimaginable. The most amazing thing is the frequency which these developments happen.

Though Nokia and Ericsson were there in the Smart Phone industry from 1990s’, it was in 2007 the revolution started to happen. The ‘iPhone’ is a smart phone that was designed and marketed by Apple Inc. It is the first generation of iPhone and was announced on January 9, 2007 after months of rumors and speculations. As I believe this was the point it all started to take off in an unimaginable pace. The first phone to use Android was released in October 2008. It was called the HTC Dream. Android being an open source OS made the market more dynamic, with more mobile phone vendors started to do innovation and R&D on hardware which is cable of running Android OS in them.

At the very beginning customers attracted to ‘touch screen and stylus’ of smart phones had. With time Apple was able to develop and present a fantastic portfolio of applications for its customers through App Store. Same thing was done by Android through its application portfolio available in ‘Play Store’. Mean while hardware vendors such as QUALCOMM, Samsung, Nokia, etc speed up their innovation and R&D processes on hardware.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

The newest revolution which is about to take place is related to the ‘camera’ which is available in almost every smart phone. Today most high end smart phones have cameras which could give great photo shooting and video recording experience to users. But still there are people who would go for a separate camera (Most of my friends prefer going for a separate camera. They go for either Nikon or Canon). It seems like Samsung has identified the opportunity available due to this behaviour of the customers. They announced a mobile phone which has a zooming lens on June 2013. They have named it as ‘Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom’. The phone features a 10x optical zoom lens in front of its 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, with a Xenon flash for adding some extra light to images taken from it. Using this might will not produce results like using a Nikon D90. But most people would prefer buying this smart phone since it is multifunctional. The smart phone is available in the market to be purchased, from July 2013. I saw several entries in eBay. The price mentioned was ranged between US$489 – US$800, which I believe is a reasonable offer for the features available in the phone. Feature list is available in GSMARENA (http://www.gsmarena.com/).

This is only the start. With the pace of which technology is changing, it might be a good thing if Nikon, Canon and other Camera producers could look in to a strategy which would make sure that they would not blown away from the market, because Samsung will not stop doing their R&D and innovation of developing features related to their new Galaxy S4 Zoom. Kodak was blown away, because they did not adapt accordingly.

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Nokia’s ‘EOS’

Meanwhile I saw a number of images of Nokia’s ‘EOS’ 41 megapixel Windows phone leak in recent days. In this also main focus has been put on the quality of the camera smart phone has. Specification of the device is currently available in GSMARENA. We will hear more on the device in near future.

North Korea Boasts About a ‘Home – Made’ Smartphone

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North Korean Made Arirang Smartphone

North Korea is a country which appears in the ‘political’ category more often in international media. To be honest I haven’t seen North Korea producing any notable news related to any other category such as Entertainment, Technology, Economy, etc. But country has been a hot topic in the category of ‘Technology’ since last week in international media. That is because, The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) has released several photos showing leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a North Korean Smartphone factory, as well as taking a look at the country’s first smartphone, the ‘Arirang’. The most notable feature of Arirang seems to be the built-in camera it has, because KNCA reported that the leader praised the “high pixels” of the built-in camera.

North Korea has been a mystery land for most of the outsiders. Opposite is also the same. The people of North Korea have very limited access to news outside the country. Until 2008 North Korea didn’t have a national mobile network. Mobile phones were introduced to North Korea in 2008. The national network is maintained thanks to a joint operation by the North Korean government and Egyptian telecoms company Orascom.

Though mobile network is deployed, the serviced delivered to the people are very limited compared to the services experienced by the subscribers of most other countries with better political environment. In North Korea phones on the network are heavily restricted. As per the news coming from international media subscribers do not have the luxury of connecting to internet and can only make calls within North Korea. For a short time, foreigners in the country were able to use mobile internet. But it was also restricted to a golden period of 1 month.

As per the reports coming out, Arirang has Google’s Android OS running on it. This might be a result of Google’s Executive Chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt’s recent visit to North Korea on behalf of Google.

Earlier in the year North Korea boasted about a home – made Tablet names ‘The Samjiyon’. But later it was found out that it is not a device made in North Korea.

The concern is, what would be the use of a Smartphone running Android OS in it, without access to internet.

Windows 8 and Future of Personal Computer

 NotebookIf you are a Windows user, you will agree Windows XP and Windows 7 have given you the most convenient and user-friendly experience. Windows Vista was a complete failure as per my view (I’m sure most of you will agree on this as well). What about the new member of ‘Windows family’ – Windows 8? My experience is a mix bag. I’m using it on my laptop and it has not impressed me a lot. But anyway, since it is the latest thing available, I’m using it.

With all the joy and sorrow I had with Windows 8, I wanted to know what world thinks about windows 8. I came across a very interesting fact, which I thought would be great to share as a blog post. This is about the world Personal Computer sales after the release of Windows 8 in late 2012, to be exact on 1st of August 2012.

Is windows 8 an operating system designed for personal computers? Interesting question, isn’t it? Trends over last 1 year on world personal computers show that Windows 8 is not a blessing for world PC industry. Most reviews on W8 have stated that it is an OS more suitable for touch devices. As per my view this is a fare enough statement. I say so because, Windows have put up a guide for users on how to ‘Touch: swipe, tap and beyond’ (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/touch-swipe-tap-beyond), which they did not do for their previous versions of ‘Windows’.

International Data Corporation (IDC) on their press release on 10th of April 2013, have stated that worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13), down -13.9% compared to the same quarter in 2012 and worse than the forecast decline of -7.7%. The extent of the year-on-year contraction has marked the worst quarter since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly in 1994. The results also marked the fourth consecutive quarter of year-on-year shipment declines. Now the question is, ‘What is the correlation between PC shipment decline and W8?’

With the introduction of iPhone and Android, people around the world got used to small screen devices and teblets. The latest device which have revolutionized the mobile device industry is ‘phablet’ (Eg : Samsung Galaxy Note). The features of W8 have encourages to use touch devices instead of using personal computers which don’t have touch screens.

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Tablet with Windows RT

Let’s say personal computer manufacturers decide to introduce touch screens. Then the issue will be solved and PC users will also be happy, isn’t it? Unfortunately this does not seem to be the case. PC industry efforts to offer touch capabilities and ultra slim systems have been hampered by traditional barriers of price and component supply. I don’t think most consumers in Sri Lanka would spend more than Rs. 100000 for a PC. Instead they would be more than happy to buy a PC which does not have a touch screen with Windows 7 in it. Or even there are some users who would consider buying a tablet or a high end phone (Eg : Samsung Galaxy S series, Samsung Galaxy Note series, Sony Xperia series, LG Optimus series, etc)

IDC’s Program Vice President, Clients and Displays, Mr. Bob O’Donnellhad made a very serious comment which I think have summarized the whole situation, which world PC sales have faced. I consider this comment as serious, because he speaks by looking at actual stats, not according to the ‘gut’ feeling.

At this point, unfortunately, it seems clear that the Windows 8 launch not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market. While some consumers appreciate the new form factors and touch capabilities of Windows 8, the radical changes to the UI, removal of the imagesCAQ5Q4P8familiar Start button, and the costs associated with touch have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets and other competitive devices. Microsoft will have to make some very tough decisions moving forward if it wants to help reinvigorate the PC market.

The table I extracted from IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker clearly shows how PC industry has been affected quite badly over past one year.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide PC Shipments, First Quarter 2013 (Preliminary) (Units Shipments are in thousands)

Vendor

1Q13 Shipments

1Q12 Shipments

1Q13/1Q12 Growth

HP

11,997

15,726

-23.70%

Lenovo

11,700

11,705

0.00%

Dell

9,010

10,110

-10.90%

Acer Group

6,150

8,952

-31.30%

ASUS

4,363

5,401

-19.20%

Others

33,075

36,739

-10.00%

Total

76,294

88,635

-13.90%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, April 10, 2013

‘Creative destruction’ is an inevitable in present world set-up. But small screen devices, tablets and phablets has not been the major market for Microsoft Windows over past few decades and I don’t think Microsoft had ever thought that Windows 8 launch would contribute seriously to the decline in world PC sales. I say so, because still PCs are their ‘Bread and Butter’.

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Will ‘Microsoft’ be successful in coming in to the scene and challenge iOS and Android?

If they seriously want to enter the small screen, tablet and phablet market they have to seriously consider about the competition they have to face with open source mobile OSs like Android and Firefox OS. Also they have to consider about iOS as well. As a user who ‘used, using, loved and loving’ windows, I believe Microsoft should consider entering small screen, tablet and phablet market as a long term strategy. The speed which they tried to do the revolution is a bit too. This might lead to a situation which would remind us the idiom ‘Gigging Their Own Grave’ while digging other’s graves.

Cheap Korean Galaxy S4’s in Sri Lanka are Real Galaxies from Samsung..?

 

After listening about latest galaxy s4’s new features, enhancements and performance, I was thinking of buying a new galaxy s4. So I checked on Dialog and Mobitel websites cost was about 110K rs. Pffff, That is big money.  Then I search on Ikman.lk to see what could be the price on retail market in Sri Lanka. There I could find brand-new Galaxy S4s for 20K to 35k, wow 35K one fits perfectly on my budget for galalxy S4 (20k fits even more better).  But there was a problem, all those S4s are Korean.

I thought even though Korean, it is S4 and made by Samsung, I will go for that. I know that Samsung will never produce a bad quality one for own country.  When I check the specifications, the major difference of Galaxy S4 for Korea and Internal is their processor.Actually in comparison, Korean one is better than International one in most of the aspects.  So where is the catch, sounds like excellent deal?  I called some of these guys to see whether this is some kind of a joke.

When I called them those phones are genuine galaxy S4s, but when I asked them reason for cheap price, all says only problem with those phones are they don’t have eye sensor and has a back camera 5Mpixels where International one has 13Mpixels.  Phone has Samsung batch and packaging box is exactly the same as internal version.

I thought eye sensor is not a killer feature that I cannot live without. Low camera quality is problem, but still it’s ok for the price difference. Finally I decided to buy one.  I thought maybe there is an issue of frequency band that phones support and there could be some problem with mobile network support. But person I called confirms that this phone works with any mobile operator in Sri Lanka including Dialog. Finally I verified the language also English and phones are operator unlocked too.

But I noticed that some of phones are having 512 Mb RAM and others have 2Mb RAM. One goes close to 20 K is one with 512 Mb Ram, and one has 2GB ram is more than 30 K Rs.  When I looked at the specification there has never been a Galaxy S4 with 512 MB ram released by Samsung. So this could probably be the fake one.  So it is worth to go to 2GB Ram Korean model even though missing eye sensor and Camera quality, it is a quality product from Samsung.

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For me it is ok to buy Galaxy S4 with some missing features, but It has to be from real Samsung. I’m not willing to buy a Chinese or fake device for a lower price. I started to search more about Galaxy S4, the Korean version, But according to the wikipeda (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S4) , All the S4s have 13 Mpxiel camera. There is no mention of anywhere that eye detection is not working in some of the models (there is no specific sensor for eye detection and S4 is using I’ts front camera for eye movement detection).

I found some articles regarding the storage of the device that genuine 16Gb S4 is having close to 9GB of the space available for users. But this Korean version with 16GB is having 2Gb when connected to PC. I decided this phone is also a fake one. Fake s4s are sold in the srilanka with name of Korean version. There are very little resource on the web regarding such fake Samsung devices. So I decided to blog my experience.

Finally I decided to go for internal version even though the price of that is higher, paying some extra for real thing doesn’t seem to be bad idea. (It is indeed real good phone, I still couldn’t find what’s missing in it)Also It is a very prudent to buy with reputed shop, so that there are so many fake models in Sri Lanka which cannot be easily identified.