Samsung Electronics launched its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S II, in Oman last week. Widely anticipated and built on the success of the original Samsung Galaxy S, the Galaxy S II is an evolution of its predecessor and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the latest version of the world’s fastest growing mobile operating system.
“The launch of Galaxy S II aims to improve Samsung’s leadership position within the smartphone category. Samsung achieved impressive success in TV sales in Oman, and we are expecting the same success for smartphones as well,” said Young Soo Kim, president of Samsung Gulf Electronics, at a press conference.
“Samsung will be in a leading position in the Gulf region in smartphone sales by the end of this year. There is a significant demand for such hi-tech devices among youngsters in the region.”
Incorporating a dual-core application processor and advanced wireless network connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy S II has the power and speed to provide an unrivalled performance, the company says. It also introduced the new generation of Samsung Galaxy Tablets – the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 the thinnest in the market among those based on the Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) platform.
The Samsung Galaxy S II is available at stores across the country for RO260. The Galaxy Tablet 10.1 will be available in Oman by the end of this month and will be priced between RO280-320 while the Galaxy Tablet 8.9 will be available from next month in the price range of RO280-300.
With the launch of Galaxy S II, Samsung will capture more than 30 per cent of the Oman market in the smartphone category within the next three months, according to Ajay Ganti, CEO of Al Seeb Technical (SARCO), which distributes Samsung pro-ducts in Oman. “Sales of smartphones are increasing 50 per cent year-on-year in Oman. The Android platform has gained the number one position in this category. Samsung mobile sales have doubled as compared to last year,” he said.
“In terms of smartphone sales, we are way ahead of other players in the market. We are sure that the Galaxy S II will be well received by our customers in Oman, and will become the best-selling Android handset of the year,” he added.