Samsung have received much praise and positive comment in the last fortnight because of the announcement of their next flagship device, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. However, the S6 and S6 Edge represent the very high end of the Samsung portfolio. They are likely to sell in very high numbers, but this does not mean Samsung are ignoring the lower models in a given range. In the last few months, Samsung have claimed that they are reducing the number of handsets that they are selling as part of a consolidation exercise. We’ve still seen Samsung introducing new models, such as the Samsung Galaxy J1, an entry level, dual core, 3G only device, which is set to have a 4G quad core brother. And we have today seen that Samsung have trademarked two new names, the Galaxy H1 and Galaxy H7. We may be seeing yet another family of devices, joining the A-range (mid range, metal design), S-range (flagship and now metal design), J-range (budget models, plastic design), E-range (similar to the A-range but plastic design).
The opening paragraph assumes that the new Galaxy H1 and H7 are destined for first and foremost a consumer model and second, an Android-powered smartphone. It’s possible that the H1 and H7 are tablets (perhaps a 10-inch and 7-inch tablet, with Samsung dropping the “0” from the 10-inch model) fashioned in a similar way to the J-range? It’s difficult to see where Samsung can fit a new model range into the portfolio; entry level hardware and premium metal design doesn’t make sense! Perhaps Samsung are planning on releasing a range of smaller models? Or perhaps the H-range is reserved for a new family of wearable devices running Android Wear? We can be confident that these model designations are destined for Android-powered devices as Samsung use the “Galaxy” moniker exclusively for Android devices. The applications were both made for the Korean Intellectual Property Office and may be for Samsung’s local market, only.
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