Samsung says S23 smartphone sales ahead of S22 with most people buying the priciest 'Ultra' model

Samsung stated that 60% of the pre-orders for the Galaxy S23 smartphone collection have been for the S23 Extremely, the costliest system within the lineup. Samsung is searching for double digit development for its premium, increased priced smartphones in 2023.

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BARCELONA, Spain — Gross sales of Samsung’s Galaxy S23 flagship smartphone have outstripped final yr’s S22 in a comparative interval with nearly all of consumers choosing the costliest model of the system, an govt on the South Korean know-how large advised CNBC.

Samsung launched the Galaxy S23 this month. The collection options three fashions: the usual S23, a barely dearer S23+ and the top-of-the-line S23 Extremely. The S23 Extremely begins at $1,200.

Patrick Chomet, govt vp at Samsung Electronics, advised CNBC in an interview that in comparison with final yr, S23 gross sales are a lot better to this point than the S22. The S23 went on sale on Feb. 17.

Chomet added that Samsung has dedicated to “double-digit development” within the premium section of its smartphones in 2023, which incorporates the Galaxy S23 collection but additionally its newest foldable telephones which have been launched final yr.

“So we’re on the premium section, regardless of the troublesome financial surroundings, we see a gentle alternative for us. And the reason being we’re very aggressive, as a result of now we have introduced a variety of innovation in that section,” Chomet stated in an interview on the Cell World Congress in Barcelona on Monday.

Chomet revealed that the costliest model of the flagship telephones — the S23 Extremely — accounted for about 60% of worldwide S23 pre-orders.

“We anticipate, sort of, a wholesome portion of the combination, to be skewed to towards the premium,” Chomet stated.

The preliminary gross sales of the S23 might be welcome information for Samsung which had a troublesome yr within the smartphone market in 2022. General smartphone shipments final yr recorded their worst yr since 2013, in response to analysis agency IDC. Samsung shipments fell greater than 15%, IDC stated. The hunch was attributable to inflation and a worsening outlook for the economic system.

Working revenue within the firm’s cell and networks enterprise fell 16% year-on-year in 2022.

However there may be nonetheless demand for costly smartphones. Excessive-end smartphones, people who value over $800, accounted for 18% of the whole handset market in 2022, up from 11% in 2020, Canalys information exhibits.

That is the place Samsung is hoping to develop its smartphone enterprise which might provide the corporate doubtlessly increased margins and higher earnings.

Chomet stated the upper share of S23 Extremely pre-orders is an “indication that despite the fact that individuals are extra cautious” within the premium section of the smartphone market there are nonetheless lots of people “who need one of the best of one of the best.”

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