“The high end of Android isn’t what it used to be.” Such was the supposition posited to me by a longtime observer of the consumer electronics industry recently. Specifically, he was referring to a new class of manufacturers such as OnePlus and Xiaomi, who are willing (and able) to sell handsets that are comparable to the Samsungs and HTCs of the world, but at much slimmer margins

The context surrounding the comment was Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, a pair of devices that are more or less just larger versions of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge released earlier this year — which, while critically acclaimed, failed to provide Samsung with the much-needed breakout quarter in its quest to recapture lost market share. Read more…

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Why Samsung still has a fighting chance in mobile