Samsung is supporting the International Olympic Committee’s decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 games until next year, but that’s not to say it won’t suffer any losses in regards to its market influence in Japan. Samsung is a long-time Olympics partner, and according to a recent Reuters report citing an anonymous Samsung official, the company was keen on capitalizing on the hype leading up to the event to increase its smartphone market share in Japan and boost Galaxy S20 sales.
A lot of the momentum for smartphone demand in the lead-up to the Olympics will be gone, according to the source. The company already took the veil off the Galaxy S20+ 5G Olympics Edition in anticipation of the event, and the model is scheduled to ship in June via local carrier NTT Docomo. However, since the Tokyo 2020 games won’t take place this year, demand for the device – and presumably the standard Galaxy S20 models – will inevitably decrease.