This photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. on Friday, shows an outdoor advertisement for Samsung's Galaxy S1 smartphone at Le Grand Rex theater in Paris. (Samsung Electronics Co.)
Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday its new flagship smartphone line has been officially launched globally as the South Korean tech giant hopes its latest handsets can drive the company's mobile business amid fierce challenges from its rivals.
Sales of the Galaxy S21 series have started in 60 countries, including South Korea, the United States, Britain and India, according to Samsung. The new mobile devices will be available in 130 countries by the end of February.
The Galaxy S21 series, which was unveiled on Jan. 14, comes in three models -- the entry-level S21, the mid-tier S21+ and the high-end S20 Ultra that supports the S-Pen stylus.
The entry-level S21 comes with a price tag of 999,900 won ($908) in South Korea, the cheapest price ever for one of Samsung's flagship 5G smartphones.
Samsung has been launching various marketing programs to boost sales of its new smartphone.
In South Korea, the company has been running the "Galaxy To Go" service where people can rent and use the S21 for up to three days. Samsung said more than 25,000 customers have so far used the service for the S21, more than triple from its previous service.
Samsung pins high hopes on the S21 series as the company faces tough challenges from its rivals.
According to market researcher Counterpoint Research, Samsung defended its leading status in the 2020 smartphone market, but its market share dropped from 20 percent to 19 percent as its shipments declined from 296.8 million units to 255.7 million units.
When it comes to fourth-quarter performance, Samsung was outperformed by Apple Inc., which posted robust sales thanks to its new 5G smartphone, the iPhone 12.
In the fourth quarter, Apple had a market share of 21 percent after shipping 81.9 million smartphones, while Samsung posted a market share of 16 percent after shipping 62.5 million smartphones. (Yonhap)