What I would like Samsung's product lines to look like.
I am constantly bewildered by Samsung's wide range of android phones, and to a much lesser extent its tablet lines. There is no clear hierarchy of specs except that the SIII is at the top of the pure phones. The SIII mini is worse than the SII yet I would have thought it was just a smaller SIII. This can be seen here; http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/mobile-devices/smartphones/android/
There are 28 android phones listed (some are duplicates with the colours), with phones like the europa, gio, w, and the fit probably being relatively unknown. I also doubt that people would be able to easily tell which phone they should buy if they are on a budget.
Samsung have obviously managed to sell a lot of phones even with this confusing line-up but I wish that they would simplify the line-up like so:
- SIV - Highest Specced Smartphone with large screen and LTE. e.g. 4.8" 720p/1080p, quad-core 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM, 8MP camera etc
- SIV mini - Similar specs as SIV or maybe slightly lower with smaller screen and LTE. 4.3" WVGA/720p, quad-core 1.7GHz-1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera etc
- Ace III - Medium Specs medium sized screen and LTE. 4.3" WVGA, dual-core 1.5GHz, 1GB RAM, 5MP camera etc
- Ace III mini - Medium specced, smaller screen no LTE. 3.5-4" 320x480 screen, dual core 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 5MP camera etc.
- Y II - Low end medium screen no LTE. 3.5" 320x480 screen, single core 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 3MP camera etc.
- YII Mini - Low end small screen no LTE. 3-3.2" 320x240 screen, Single core 800MHz, 768MB RAM, 3MP camera etc.
This line would cover most people's range of budgets while removing some of the confusion as to which phone is better.
The tablet range currently consists of the Note line and the Galaxy Tab line. I think this could be kept as it is if they flesh out the two lines and market them at different consumers with the Note line aimed as more business orientated users and the Tab line aimed at the iPad. I think the line-ups should be as follows:
Galaxy Tab III Line:
The new Galaxy tab line should take its inspirations from the look of the nexus 10 with front facing speakers etc.
Tab III 7.7" small, aimed at the iPad mini full range of wifi-LTE options. 720p screen, Tegra 4 or Exynos 4412 1.4GHz, 1GB RAM, 720p front facing 5MP rear facing cameras, expandable storage, range of internal storage sizes etc
Tab III 8.9" medium, fills a gap between full size tablets and the smaller ones, full range of wifi-LTE options. 1080p screen, Tegra 4 or Exynos 4412 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 720p front facing 5MP rear facing cameras, expandable storage, range of internal storage sizes etc
No 10 inch tab as the nexus 10 fills this role, so they wouldn't be able to match its specs for the same price.
This line should come with stylus and 'business' applications, e.g. office software for free, cloud storage, VPN software? I'm sure Samsung can think of appropriate applications to include. This is where Samsung should try and set itself up as a serious business product manufacturer while windows tablets are still not popular (I know they also make windows tablets) as this is the best chance they have to start up relationships and contracts to business partners.
This line should also include more connectivity options with usb and micro-hdmi out. These can be achieved already through MHL but in tablets it it easier to just use a micro-hdmi cable than MHL due to the need to supply power to the MHL connector. Usb can also be achieved through usb OTG but this requires an additional cable rather than integration. Supplying the cables with the phablet should be considered.
Galaxy Note III 5.5" phablet with LTE. 1080p screen, Exynos 5250, 720p front facing 8MP rear facing cameras, expandable storage, 2GB RAM etc
Galaxy Note III 7" tablet with wifi-LTE. 1080p screen Exynos 5250, 720p front facing 5-8MP rear facing cameras, expandable storage, 2GB RAM, micro-hdmi out, usb etc
Galaxy Note III 10.1" tablet with wifi-LTE. 1080p - nexus 10 screen, Exynos 5250, 1080p front facing 5-8MP rearfacing cameras, expandable storage, 2GB RAM, micro-hdmi out, usb etc
This is what I think the new Samsung lines should look like rather than their disparate and confusing range they have today. I don't think they should make things like the Galaxy S plus as this just adds to the confusion.
On a side note I think that products such as the Galaxy Beam or the Galaxy camera should be continued as they are niche products that could do well, as shown by the Galaxy Note's success.