Samsung Electronics is set to develop a “two-track” strategy to its product lines, as a leaked document reveals its second quarter sales were disappointing to senior executives.
According to a report in the Korea Times, the strategy was spelled out in a leaked internal document called the 2014 Sustainability Report.
The document notes the worldwide market for smartphones exceeded 1 billion units last year, with growth estimated at 10% per annum until 2016.
Most of this growth will be for low-end devices in emerging markets such as China and India, away from high-end devices in established markets. While the company does not plan to shift its priorities away from established markets, the rapid low-end smartphone growth means the company is less reliant on them.
The shift will also mean device specifications, such as screen resolution or processor power, will be less of a key deciding point, with software capabilities and price the key points for emerging markets.
In the document, chief financial officer Sang-hoon Lee said the consumer electronics giant’s second quarter’s earnings are “not that good”, and also that Samsung will closely monitor sales for Amazon’s Fire Phone.