Saturday, September 5, 2009

Samsung Star S5230 sales Surpasses 5 Million Mark

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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, announced that sales of the Samsung Star, its hugely popular touch screen mobile phone, surpassed the 5-million mark this month. The Star (model number S5230), launched in May, is the fastest model in Samsung’s history to reach the milestone.

Launched first in Europe, one million of the touch screen devices were sold in the first month and a half alone, after which the company expanded sales efforts to include markets in CIS, Southeast and Southwest Asia, East-Central Africa, China, and Central America.

More than 700,000 units of the Star were sold in May and more than 900,000 in June. Monthly sales in July and August were 1.6 million and 1.8 million, respectively. Based on the current trend, Samsung projects total cumulative sales to reach 10 million globally by November.

“We’re very pleased by this success,” said Young-hee Lee, Vice President of Marketing, Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “We see the demand for touch screen phones increasing and we will continue to offer consumers a diverse range of products, supported by unique marketing campaigns.”

The Star has sold particularly well in Europe, where Samsung has sold more than 2.8 million units, topping sales lists in key markets such as France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Italy.

The Star was launched as an affordable mobile phone, appealing to young consumers with its slim, 11.9 mm body and 3-inch WQVGA touch screen. It also boasts high-tech features such as Samsung’s exclusive high-quality sound technology, DNSe, as well as a SmileShot-enabled camera and Bluetooth v2.1. The Star’s global success can be attributed in part to its sleek design, interactive and user-friendly UI, and its reasonable price point.

To drive sales, Samsung also launched active marketing programs in emerging markets where the phone is being sold, tailoring its activities, such as experimental Mobile Live events and outdoor marketing, to specific trends in those countries.

Network EDGE/GPRS Quad Band (850/900/1800/1900MHz)
Display 3.0” 262K WQVGA LCD (240x400)
Camera 3.2 Megapixel CMOS (Smile Shot)
Video H.263 /H.264/ MPEG4/WMV(v9) / Video recording supporting

Audio FM Radio with RDS, DNSe MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, eAAC+, WMA(v9),

Value-added Features Music Recognition/SNS/Photo Contact/Smart

unlock/Wide Idle

TouchWiz UI with Mobile Widget
Google Search/ Google email/Full Internet

Widget Various full embedded games

Connectivity Bluetooth v2.1 / USB 2.0 FS
Memory Internal Memory 50 MB + External Memory slot :

microSD (up to 8GB)
Size 104 x 53 x 11.9 mm
Battery 1000 mAh

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