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While Samsung still made a ton of cash, its smartphone sales and earnings are down

Yesterday, we got a look at how Samsung is performing in the current global smartphone market. IDC’s numbers for Q3 showed us that Samsung’s Q2 2014 shipments fell by 3.9 percent year-over-year (YoY) while its market share for Q2 2014 dipped to 25.2 percent compared to 32.3 percent for the same period last year.
 
While Samsung’s numbers were down, the overall market saw sales of 295.3 million units for Q2 2014 while sales were up 23.1 percent YoY.
 
With this background information, we have a little bit of insight into Samsung’s Q2 earnings. As a whole, the company made $6.07 billion in net profit on total revenue of $50.86 billion. Operating profit came in at $6.98 billion, which represented a 15 percent decrease from Q1 2014. More importantly, it was a 25 percent lower than the same period last year ($9.27 billion).

 
Samsung’s mobile division brought in the most cash for the company, delivering sales of $27.60 billion and an operating profit of $4.29 billion. Those figures were down 12 percent and 31 percent respectively from the same period last year.
 
Despite what IDC has shown with its own data, Samsung blames its performance on slow global growth:
 
The second quarter was affected by several factors including the slow global sales of smartphones and tablets and escalating marketing expenditure to reduce inventory.
 
For those that are expecting Samsung to rebound in the immediate future, the company notes that the “second half of 2014 will remain a challenge” and that “profitability may suffer due to a heated race over price and product specifications.”
 
However, Samsung is looking to release new “premium mobile devices” and new “mid-to-low-end models” to better compete with mass-market mobile devices. The next big launch on tap for the company is the Galaxy Note 4 that will bring a QHD screen to the table.
 
The company also plans to launch a phone using “new materials” other than plastic according to The Wall Street Journal in the future, so whether the device will be the Galaxy Note 4 or the Galaxy Alpha remains to be seen.

Sources: Samsung [1], [2], The Wall Street Journal



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RE: post smartphone era now?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 7/31/2014 10:13:34 AM , Rating: 3
And this is why I've had my current phone for almost two years. I used to upgrade every year (because AT&T allowed me two before they started cracking down). But the improvements to smartphones have really slowed and I haven't seen any compelling reason to upgrade.

I'm getting a little bit of an itch to upgrade, but common sense is telling me that I don't really need a new phone.


RE: post smartphone era now?
By FITCamaro on 7/31/2014 2:31:58 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I get a new phone every two years for free from my company. But for my wife, she doesn't need a new phone for a while after getting her a HTC One last Christmas. Granted we're sticking with Verizon and at the end of your contract, you can usually get a good new phone for free for re-upping. You don't get a discount or anything for going month to month off a contract so unless the terms change again and we don't like the new ones, we'll just get her a new phone that's "free".


RE: post smartphone era now?
By niva on 8/1/2014 1:18:57 PM , Rating: 2
I got my Samsung Galaxy Nexus shortly after it came out and I'm still using it. It's not the fastest phone now by any means, actually it's slow, but it gets the job done for what I need it to do. Sure I'd like LTE but the vast majority of the time I browse on the phone is at home where I'm connected to the wireless anyways. About 6 months later I got my wife one, but hers started having problems so I bought her a LG Nexus 5 shrtly after that phone came out.

The problem Samsung has is that they're not making pure google devices, I'll never buy anything but a Nexus phone after the experience I've had with the line. Overlays and special software are not for me as they delay access to the latest OS releases, patches and security fixes. The Samsung Galaxy phone was a good piece of hardware for it's time though.


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