Tuesday, August 14, 2018

MWC 2019: Samsung Galaxy S10 with 3 rear cameras and 2 front cameras coming.

Mock Up

12 million pixel wide angle, 13 million pixel telephoto and 16 million pixel super wide angle camera.  (41MP) and with dual front cameras are coming aboard the Samsung Galaxy S10 at MWC 2019 announcement.

The Samsung Galaxy series A smartphones that usually are launched in January are also coming with 3 rear cameras with  32 million pixels, 5 million pixels, and 8 million pixels combined, at least the medium premium model.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Intel to launch 9th Gen Core CPUs with 8 and 6 cores in October 1st.

Mock up.

Based on Intel’s 14 nm manufacturing process, the collection includes 8 core and 6 core CPUs, including Core i9-9900K, the first mainstream desktop Core i9 chip.

The Core i9-9900K would feature  3.6 Ghz processor that could be boosted to 4.7 Ghz with all cores or 5 Ghz with only 1-2 cores, and would support up to 16 code threads.

The Core i7-9700K, on the other hand, would be the first mainstream 8 core processor. It would clock in at 3.6 Ghz and could be boosted up to 4.6 Ghz with all cores running or 4.9 Ghz.

Less exciting would be a range of mid-tier Core i5-9600K processor with six cores, six threads, a 3.7GHz base clock and a 4.3GHz boost with all cores (4.6GHz with one).

Rumors said Intel is going to refresh the line in late 2019 based on 10nm mfg process.

LG starts selling the Signature Edition smartphone with 256GB of storage.

LG super premium smartphone called SIGNATURE EDITION  with 256GB of storage is a limited edition of 300 units wich the company has already sold 200 units. The smartphone is based  on the LG V35 ThinQ and costs  $1.770.-

The smartphone will be available on carriers in South Korea since August 13.

The smartphone comes with special services, including exclusive consulting services, a two-year warranty and a replacement for broken displays. Users can also inscribe their names on the back of the smartphone. 

LG said the smartphone is designed with zirconium ceramic, making the device more durable and stronger compared with other devices in the market. 

Other features of the smartphones include the 6-inch 18:9 OLED full vision display, artificial intelligence camera and the DTS:X 3D sound system.

LG said the premium smartphone also comes with the Beoplay H9i headset, which is valued at 700,000 won. ($618)

Saturday, August 11, 2018

3 New iPhones are coming and how they look like. Pics.

Now is the time for Apple answer to the recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy Note 9., and appears it will be with  3 new models.

On a video posted by Marques Borwnlee 3 iPhone sizes are the smartphones Apple is going to unveil in September as 2018 models.

5.8 inch iPhone X OLED Display. Dual cameras. In Black, White, Gold colors.

6.1 inch iPhone X LCD Display. Single camera. In 4 colors.

6.5 inch iPhone X Plus OLED Display, Dual Camera. In Black, White and Gold colors.

(We just put the names of the iPhones . Not Official)

The 6.1 inch LCD with iPhone X look below in the middle , will replace the iPhone 8 Plus of last year .We don`t know if it will be called iPhone 9 Plus just yet.

Speculating about the differences between them besides the size, it might be about inside hardware and features in software or maybe just in inside hardware. 

See how they will look like:

iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone X LCD 6.1inch . ( or iPhone 9 Plus)

Source of all those pictures on the video below:

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Full Video Replay: Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2018.

The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2018 where the company unveiled the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung Watch samsung Home event starts at 28: 59 minutes of the video replay below.  If you would like to watch all the previous to the event videos ads , please start from the begining of this video:

6 Videos Hands-On of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

 6 Videos Hands-On of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 you can watch below as follows: Design, Mobile Remote Control with S Pen for taking selfies and for presentations, Intelligent Camera, Premium Power and Performance (for  Gaming, Water protected , additional storage and Dolby Atmos), and Samsung Dex.

USA: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 carriers, stores, prices and availability.

The Galaxy Note 9 with 128GB storage (and 6GB RAM) will cost $999, the one with 512GB storage (and 8GB RAM) will be $1,250. The US is getting only the Ocean Blue and Lavender Purple color options.

It will be available on the major carriers: A&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular and Xfinity. You’d be able to grab one from Samsung.com and major retailers: Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club and Straight Talk Wireless

If you pre-order (from August 10 to August 23), you may get a freebie (but there are limited quantities available). You can choose either a free pair of AKG noise canceling headphones ($300) or 15,000 Fortnite V-Bucks. You can have both for $99.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be finally available in August 24th, 2018.

Meet the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Official Video Introduction.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Where to watch the Samsung Galaxy UNPACKED 2018 tomorrow.

Tomorrow August 9, 2018, is the event of Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2018 in New York City, where Samsung Electronics will introduce the newest addition to the Galaxy family. A device designed for those who want it all and demand the best of the best. 

If you can’t make it to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for tomorrow’s big event, you can still watch the action unfold live by tuning in on August 9 at 11 a.m. EDT via any of the links listed below.

Tune in via Samsung’s Official Websites

Visit Samsung NewsroomSamsung.com or Samsung Mobile Press when the event begins. 

Tune in on Facebook

Visit Samsung Newsroom or Samsung Mobile’s Facebook page when the event begins. 

Tune in on Twitter

Visit live.twitter.com/Unpacked when the event begins. 

And don’t forget to check out Samsung Newsroom’s Galaxy page for all the latest updates on the lineup’s newest addition.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Samsung Electronics Starts Mass Production of Industry’s First 4-bit 4TB Consumer SSD.

Samsung Electronics Starts Mass Production of Industry’s First 4-bit Consumer SSD.

New 4TB QLC SSD features performance levels 
on par with 3-bit SATA SSDs.

Offers 540MB/s read speed, 520MB/s write speed and 3-year warranty period

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has begun mass producing the industry’s first 4-bit (QLC, quad-level cell) 4-terabyte (TB) SATA solid-state drive (SSD) for consumers. 

Based on 1-terabit (Tb) V-NAND with outstanding performance equivalent to the company’s 3-bit design, Samsung’s QLC SSD is expected to bring a new level of efficiency to consumer SSDs. 

“Samsung’s new 4-bit SATA SSD will herald a massive move to terabyte-SSDs for consumers,” said Jaesoo Han, executive vice president of memory sales & marketing at Samsung Electronics. “As we expand our lineup across consumer segments and to the enterprise, 4-bit terabyte-SSD products will rapidly spread throughout the entire market.” 

With its new 1Tb 4-bit V-NAND chip, Samsung will be able to efficiently produce a 128GB memory card for smartphones that will lead the charge toward higher capacities for high-performance memory storage. 

Typically, as data stored within a memory cell increases from three bits to four, the chip capacity per unit area would rise and the electrical charge (used to determine information from a sensor) would decrease by as much as 50 percent, making it considerably more difficult to maintain a device’s desired performance and speed. 

However, Samsung’s 4-bit 4TB QLC SATA SSD maintains its performance levels at the same level as a 3-bit SSD, by using a 3-bit SSD controller and TurboWrite technology, while increasing drive capacity through the use of 32 chips, all based on 64-layer fourth-generation 1Tb V-NAND.* 

The 4-bit QLC SSD enables a sequential read speed of 540 MB/s and a sequential write speed of 520 MB/s, and comes with a three-year warranty. 

Samsung plans to introduce several 4-bit consumer SSDs later this year with 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities in the widely used 2.5-inch form factor. 

Since introducing the 32-gigabyte (GB) 1-bit SSD in 2006, which ushered in the PC SSD era, to today’s 4TB 4-bit SSD, Samsung continues to drive new thresholds for each multi-bit generation.** 

In addition, the company expects to provide M.2 NVMe SSDs for the enterprise this year and begin mass production of 4-bit fifth-generation V-NAND. This will considerably expand its SSD lineup to meet the growing demand for faster, more reliable performance across a wide span of applications, such as next generation data centers, enterprise servers, and enterprise storage. 

*1Tb (128GB) x 32 = 4TB (4,096GB)

**Samsung’s mass production history of SSDs in bits per cell.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Official specifications on retail box leaked. (English version)

The retail box in russian of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was leaked today and a translation of it to english is now available as you can see on above picture:

Specifications of the 128GB RAM version:

Screen 6.4 inch QHD+ sAMOLED
Rear SLR dual camera: 12MP (F1 5/2.4) + 12MP (F2.4)
Front camera: 8MP (AF) slow motion (960 frames per second)
S Pen: Electronic with remote control.
Battery 4000 mAh
Stereo speakers with headphones AKG
Samsung Pay support
Wireless charging support
IP 68: Water and dust protection.
Iris Scanner.

We think the 512GB of RAM version will have the same specifications detailed for the 128GB RAM version, and both will sport with a micro SD card slot support for up to 512GB of additional storage or maybe more.

A more expanded picture of above specifications please note her below:


Samsung Galaxy Note 9 of 1TB storage is coming. Video Ad.

Samsung has posted on YouTube a video of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Where you can see a 512 gigabyte micro SD card  of Storage coming out of the device.

Meaning de Galaxy Note 9 one of the versions will have 512GB of internal storage plus the 512GB of the micro SD making a total of 1 TB.

The Samsung micro SD card of 512 GB is a  new model the company is launching with the Galaxy Note 9 for the first Time.

Samsung will present the new Note 9 in a August 9 Unpacked event in NY.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

2Q 2018: Tablet WorldWide Market Share: Apple 34.9%, Samsung 15.1%, Huawei 10.3%, says IDC.

Shipments include shipments to distribution channels or end users. OEM sales are counted under the company/brand under which they are sold.

The worldwide tablet market declined 13.5% during the second quarter of 2018 (2Q18) as global shipments fell to 33 million, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Slate tablets accounted for the majority of the market with 28.4 million units, down 14.5% from the previous year. Meanwhile, detachable tablets also declined during the quarter largely due to the high-profile product launches in the second quarter of 2017 and the absence of timely updates to those products in 2Q18.

"The detachable market is at a crucial stage as it has been driven primarily by premium products from Microsoft and Apple and growth has slowed in recent months," said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. "Though consumers and businesses alike have shown interest in the detachable form factor, those operating on tighter budgets have had very few options available to them and hence some have opted for traditional PCs. However, with the launch of the Surface Go, Chrome OS-based detachables, and hopefully a more affordable iPad Pro in the future, the detachable category still has a bright future, provided the performance and software lines up with users' expectations."

"The first-generation of Windows 10 on Snapdragon detachables failed to impress as sluggish performance and the limited number of available programs and apps prevented the first few products in the category from achieving mass market success," said Lauren Guenveur, senior research analyst for IDC's Tablet team. "However, with Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 850 processor, specifically designed for Always Connected PCs, as well as new tools from Microsoft to bring 64-bit apps to the Always Connected platform, we believe there is a promising future for this line of products. The purported advantages of the platform, including its cost effectiveness over Intel X86 processors, could do a lot to boost shipments of detachables, particularly in the woefully underserved mid-market segment. This segment remains key to the overall growth of the detachable market, one which Microsoft has only started to address with the release of the Surface Go."

Tablet Company Highlights

Apple's lead continued unabated. The launch of a newer iPad towards the end of the first quarter, combined with improvements to the OS and the renewed push into Education, seems to be paying off for the company.

Samsung maintained its position as the second ranked tablet manufacturer despite a year-over-year shipment decline of 16.1%. Samsung slate and detachable shipments both declined as Samsung's tablet portfolio continued to age barring a couple of product refreshes in the slate category (Tab A 7.0 and Tab Active 2). Samsung's refresh of the Galaxy Tab S-series, announced on August 1 as the Galaxy Tab S4, will boost Samsung's shipments in the detachables category. However, this may do little to boost Samsung's share in the long run as it faces potential competition from Chrome-based detachables.

Huawei shipped 3.4 million tablets in the second quarter, solidifying its position as the third largest tablet manufacturer worldwide. The majority of these shipments continue to be in Asia/Pacific, excluding Japan, which accounted for nearly 50% the company's total. Although Huawei's detachables shipments remain limited, they grew more than 200% in the latest quarter.

Lenovo shipments remained relatively steady at two million units in the second quarter. This is a decline of 8.4% compared to the same period a year ago, as well as a sequential decline from the first quarter of 2018.

Amazon.com declined 33.5% during the quarter as the company that almost singlehandedly took out numerous whitebox vendors now faces the challenges of a saturated market. The retail giant is slowly expanding to additional markets though the incremental tablet users in those countries has not been enough to offset the decline faced in the U.S.

In May of 2018, Lenovo closed its joint venture with Fujitsu to take over majority ownership of Fujitsu's PC business, which includes a portion of Fujitsu tablets. To avoid confusion, below are two tables that reflect both organic and merger-related growth.

The first table below shows the combined shipments for Lenovo and Fujitsu in 2Q18 but only Lenovo's shipments for the prior year's quarter (2Q17). (Fujitsu's shipments for 2Q17 are in "Others".) 

Galaxy Tab S3 vs. Galaxy Tab S4: Specifications Comparison Inphografic.

The Galaxy Tab S4 comes equipped with a wealth of enhanced features so that users can make the most out of their tablet. The Tab S4 is the first tablet to be integrated with Samsung DeX. It also boasts enhanced LTE support and smart features such as the S Pen, Samsung Flow and SmartThings for seamless productivity across all your Samsung devices. Long-lasting battery allows you to do more, with cinematic surround sound and immersive display visuals providing the very best in on-the-go entertainment.

USA: Reserve online NOW your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 save up to $450.- trading-in Samsung,Apple,LG and Google devices.

Samsung USA has opened reservations (pre-orders) online here,  where you can save up to $450.- when you trade in your current smartphone. 

You have  options for these carriers - Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular or an unlocked device.

This trade-in include smartphones made by Samsung, LG, Apple and Google.Please check the list of smartphones you can trade-in by brand and your value for it:

Check out this information:

*For a limited time only, on Samsung.com/Shop Samsung App, purchase the next Galaxy smartphone with Samsung Financing or outright purchase at full retail price (“Qualifying Purchase”) and send in a qualifying trade-in device to Samsung (must be received by Samsung within 15 days of Qualifying Purchase or you will be charged back for trade-in value applied to purchase), and you will receive up to a $450 trade-in credit to apply toward your Qualifying Purchase.  

Check Samsung.com for a list of smartphone models that currently qualify for trade-in; smartphone models eligible for trade-in may change throughout the promotion period at Samsung’s sole discretion. To be eligible for trade-in, a qualifying device must meet all Trade-In Program eligibility requirements, which include that the device powers on and holds a charge; has a functioning display; has no breaks or cracks in the screen (unless you specifically select a cracked screen offer if available at the time you make your Qualifying Purchase); has no breaks or cracks in the case; has no other visible defects that go beyond normal wear and tear; is not on a black list of any kind; has a verified FCC ID; has been reset to factory settings; has all personal information removed from device; and has reactivation lock, Google Factory Reset Protection and all other anti-theft locking software disabled. 

If you send in a trade-in device and it is received within 15 days but does not meet all eligibility requirements, you will be charged back the value of the trade-in credit you received minus $25. 

Participation in this program does not excuse you from contracts with your carrier or retailer (or any related payments or fees) for the device that was traded in. You may not participate if you lease or do not own the device you would be trading in. Limit 1 trade-in per qualifying purchase. Samsung reserves the right to modify or discontinue this offer at any time. 

The Trade-In Program cannot be combined with any other carrier specific promotions, discounts, or offers unless specifically provided for in the terms and conditions of such offers. Additional terms apply. Visit samsung.com/us/trade-in/terms-and-conditions to learn more.

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 is expected to have 6.4” Infinity Display  AMOLED . with Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 and will have 6 GB RAM and 128GB of storage There is a dual camera on the back, with one of them expected to be with variable aperture f/1.5-f/2.4. The fingerprint scanner makes its way below the camera setup, while the front keeps the iris scanner and 8 MP selfie camera with f/1.7 lens.

Source: SamsungUS

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

2Q 2018: Smartphones market share worldwide: Samsung 20.9%, Huawei 15.8%, Apple 12.1% says IDC.

Smartphone Rankings Shaken Up Once Again as Huawei Surpasses Apple, Moving into Second Position While Overall Market Declined 1.8% in Q2 2018, According to IDC.

According to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone vendors shipped a total of 342.0 million units during the second quarter of 2018 (2Q18), resulting in a 1.8% decline when compared to the 348.2 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2017. The drop marks the third consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines for the global smartphone market and only the fourth quarter of decline in history. IDC believes this is the result of churn in some highly penetrated markets, although many high growth markets still exist and should return smartphone shipments to overall growth.

The arrival of Huawei in the second position marks the first quarter since 2Q10 where Apple has not been the number one or two smartphone company in terms of market share. Huawei delivered shipments of 54.2 million units to move into the second position with a record high market share of 15.8%. Samsung maintained a comfortable lead, although indications from its recent 2Q18 earnings call suggest its mobile division revenues will face challenges moving forward.

"The continued growth of Huawei is impressive, to say the least, as is its ability to move into markets where, until recently, the brand was largely unknown," said Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC's Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers. "It is worth noting that Apple moved into the top position each of the last two holiday quarters following its product refresh, so it's likely we'll see continued movement among the top ranked companies in 2018 and beyond. 

For most markets, the ultra-high end ($700+) competition is largely some combination of Apple, Samsung, and Huawei, depending on the geography, and this is unlikely to change much in the short term. At the same time, Xiaomi, OPPO, and vivo are all slowly pushing their customer base upstream at a price tier slightly lower than the top three. This is an area they should all watch closely as the builds in this segment are getting increasingly more advanced."

"The combination of market saturation, increased smartphone penetration rates, and climbing ASPs continue to dampen the growth of the overall market," said Anthony Scarsella, research manager with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. 

"Consumers remain willing to pay more for premium offerings in numerous markets and they now expect their device to outlast and outperform previous generations of that device which cost considerably less a few years ago. To contest this slowdown, vendors will need to focus on new innovative features and form factors combined with incentives and promotions to drive growth in many of these highly competitive markets moving forward."

Smartphone Company Highlights

Samsung once again remained the leader in the worldwide smartphone market despite a 10.4% decline in shipments from last year. The flagship S9/S9+, which launched late in the first quarter, witnessed slower than normal sales according to Samsung. Samsung claims the slowdown is due to both intensified competition at the high end and an overall sluggish smartphone market. 

The Korean giant will look to bolster sales in the coming weeks as we await the arrival of the new Galaxy Note 9. The new Note will be unveiled on August 9th and is expected to launch earlier than the Note 8 to gain a foothold ahead of pending fall launches from Apple and others. The device is expected to feature a bigger battery, new S-Pen capabilities, and increased performance.

Huawei surpassed Apple for the first time to move into the second position based on global market share. It continues to lead the China smartphone market with a record-high market share of 27.0% in 2Q18. In the first half of this quarter, Huawei's P20/P20 Pro series found strong demand in the $600-$800 price segment, helping Huawei build a high profile in the market. 

In the second half, with the release of its "GPU Turbo" technology, Huawei continued to earn a good reputation. 618 promotions led to strong sales for Honor models in the online channels as the Honor brand continues to be a key driver of growth for the Chinese tech giant.

Apple dropped to the third spot for the first time despite its second quarter growth. Apple shipped 41.3 million iPhones, representing modest growth of 0.7% over the 41.0 million units shipped last year. The iPhone continued to perform well at the high end as the iPhone X remains a top seller in many markets. 

Apple will look to regain control of the market this fall with the expected launch of three next generations of iPhone models. The new models are rumored to bring different screens sizes, price points, increased performance, and new features to the table when they arrive next quarter.

Xiaomi has pulled ahead of Samsung for the number 1 position in India over the past few quarters and has now closed the gap with Samsung in Indonesia as it ramped up its local production to address the increased demand during Ramadhan period, while also expanding its online channel presence and opening up more Mi home stores in the country.

OPPO faced a slowdown in key markets like India and most of Southeast Asia as it eased back on its aggressive marketing and sales activities in the region. Despite this, the company still managed to grow 5.1% over last year as it continued its expansion into other markets such as the Middle East & Africa. The recent launch of the Find X has also garnered Oppo some praise as the innovative, bezel-less and notch-less design has grabbed the attention of many.

Samsung teases 5G, Ai,IoT and new technologies for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy F foldable smartphones.

Samsung on todays 2Q 2018 earnings report is expressing clearly about innovative and NEW  technologies that will benefit NEW FORM FACTORS for connected devices.

We asume Samsung the next Galaxy S10 and Galaxy F foldable (new form factor) will come with 5G, Ai and IoT and many more new technologies in,  thanks to the slow sales of the GalaxyS9/S9+ and according to the following quotes of the company press release:

Over the mid- and long-term, Samsung expects new opportunities in the component business from the ongoing transformation in the industry, led by the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G technologies. The set businesses will also benefit from the introduction of new form factors and innovative technologies to support growing demand for connected devices. 
Amid the sluggish premium smartphone market and intensifying competition, Samsung’s smartphone shipments and revenue declined QoQ due to the slow sales of Galaxy S9 and S9+ as well as the phasing out of older low-end models.  
Demand for smartphones and tablets is forecast to increase in the second half as the market enters a period of strong seasonality, but competition is seen intensifying as new smartphone models are released. In response, Samsung will seek to expand sales by introducing a new Galaxy Note earlier than usual, which offers exceptional performance for a reasonable price. Also, Samsung plans to strengthen price competitiveness and adopt advanced technology in the mass models.  
Looking to the future, the Company will continue to reinforce product competitiveness based on hardware leadership, by adopting cutting-edge technology and new form factors and gaining leadership in 5G. Furthermore, based on the ever-evolving Bixby ecosystem which connects smartphones, TVs, refrigerators and other IoT devices, Samsung aims to offer personalized service to customers and create synergy with other services such as Samsung Pay.  

The Galaxy S10 is expected to arrive at CES 2019 and the Galaxy F at MWC 2019 or viceversa, but they are coming anyhow and very loaded with new innovative things.

Press Release:

Samsung Electronics Announces Second Quarter 2018 Results.

Reports operating profit of KRW 14.87 trillion on sales of KRW 58.48 trillion.

2Q consolidated net profit at KRW 11.04 trillion.

Expects 2H improvement on memory market strength, flexible OLED sales.

Samsung Electronics reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018. The Company posted KRW 58.48 trillion in consolidated quarterly revenue, down 4 percent from a year earlier, and KRW 14.87 trillion in quarterly operating profit, up 6 percent. 

Second quarter revenue fell due to softer sales of smartphones and display panels, despite robust demand for memory chips. The continued strength of the Company’s memory business contributed to the higher operating profit. Net profit was little changed from a year earlier due to higher income tax. 

Both revenue and operating profit decreased from the previous quarter. The Korean won weakened against the US dollar but rose against the euro and several other key currencies, resulting in a negative impact of net KRW 400 billion on the quarterly operating profit compared with the previous quarter. 

By business unit, the Semiconductor Business continued to deliver strong earnings, driven by demand for DRAM chips used in data centers and NAND flash memory for high-capacity storage, amid a softening of NAND prices. Samsung solidified its competitive positioning by focusing on value-added products, including 64GB and higher-density server DRAM based on the 1X nanometer technology and 128GB and higher for NAND mobile storage. 

In the Display Business, the Company saw weak demand for flexible OLED panels in the second quarter while the shipment and price for LCD panels also fell. 

Amid the stagnant high-end smartphone market, the IT & Mobile Communications Division reported a drop in earnings, both year-on-year and quarter-on-quarter, over slow sales of the Galaxy S9. The network business, however, achieved solid growth led by investments in LTE networks by key global customers. 

Stronger sales of premium TVs such as the QLED models, helped by a major global soccer event, lifted profits from the Consumer Electronics Division, although the Digital Appliances Business saw earnings decline due to weak demand for air conditioners. 

Looking ahead, Samsung expects sustained strength in the memory market and growing demand for flexible OLED panels to drive earnings higher in the second half. 

The outlook for the memory chip business remains strong across all applications thanks to demand for server and PC memory as well as new mobile product launches. Samsung will proactively address demand for differentiated products such as high-density server memory and High Bandwidth Memory. The Company will also strengthen its technological leadership by increasing the portion of 10 nanometer-class products and expanding mass production of 5th generation V-NAND. 

The System LSI and Foundry businesses are set to benefit from higher demand for mobile APs and image sensors. Flexible OLED shipments are expected to rise, even as competition is seen intensifying over rigid products. 

The mobile market condition will likely remain challenging in the second half amid pricing competition and new product launches. The Company will respond through the early introduction of the Galaxy Note and competitive mid- and low-end models with new features. Earnings from the TV business will continue to improve as Samsung expands sales of new innovative premium models including QLED and 8K TVs. 

Over the mid- and long-term, Samsung expects new opportunities in the component business from the ongoing transformation in the industry, led by the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G technologies. The set businesses will also benefit from the introduction of new form factors and innovative technologies to support growing demand for connected devices. 

In the component business, Samsung will use its cutting-edge semiconductor technology to capitalize on new demand for chipsets used in automotive and AI applications. The Company will also leverage its strength in OLED panels to take advantage of wider applications in the IT and automotive industries. 

The Company’s capital expenditure in the second quarter was KRW 8.0 trillion, including KRW 6.1 trillion for the Semiconductor Business and KRW 1.1 trillion for the Display Business. It brings the total spent in the first half of 2018 to KRW 16.6 trillion.

Semiconductor to see Continued Strong Demand in Second Half.
The Semiconductor Business posted consolidated revenue of KRW 21.99 trillion and operating profit of KRW 11.61 trillion for the quarter. The memory business achieved strong results despite weak seasonality, as overall demand growth was solid, driven by servers for data centers.

For NAND, demand remained robust on the back of the continuing trend toward higher density for smartphones and the increase in demand for server SSD due to expansion of cloud infrastructure. Samsung posted solid earnings by responding to new mobile device launches and demand for higher density products. The Company also focused on value-added and high-density SSD for servers. 

For DRAM, server demand stayed strong owing to the ongoing shift to higher density and expansion of data center infrastructure. PC demand remained robust, driven by increasing demand from large OEMs, while strong gaming demand helped the graphics segment. In the mobile market, despite concerns over a slowdown in smartphone growth, increase in memory content per device continued. 

For the second half outlook for NAND, adoption of SSD is expected to expand into more sectors and all product segments are projected to use more high-density eStorage. For servers, demand for SSD for data centers is forecast to remain strong, while for enterprise, adoption of high-density server SSD over 8TB is expected to continue. 

In mobile, demand for high-density storage for new smartphones and high-end models is likely to remain robust. Samsung will increase server SSD supply and respond to high-density eStorage demand based on 64-layer 3D NAND products and competitiveness of high-density solutions. 

As for the second half DRAM outlook, strong demand from all applications is expected to continue. For servers, demand growth is forecast to persist due to expansion of data center demand from the US and Chinese markets, while high-performance cloud services are also projected to launch. 

In mobile, in addition to new flagship smartphone launches, memory content is projected to increase in mid-range models as they begin to support high-specification mobile games, on-device AI and dual camera features. In addition, PC demand will be driven by back to school sales, while graphics demand will be led by the buildup for game consoles. Samsung will focus on strengthening product competitiveness via continuous expansion of 10 nanometer-class technology migration and expanding sales of high value-added products, such as high-density server DRAM, HBM2 and LPDDR4X. 

In the mid- to long-term, the trend toward high-performance and higher density servers for data centers is expected to continue due to expansion of AI-related services based on machine learning and adoption of in-memory database. In mobile, demand growth is projected to continue, as the need for high-performance devices increases with the rise of high-density content. Samsung will closely monitor the market condition and the supply and demand conditions of each segment to maintain sustainable earnings in the mid- to long-term with the industry’s leading technology. 

For the System LSI Business, overall earnings declined due to weaker demand for mobile application processors and DDIs, but demand for image sensors continued to increase on the back of higher adoption of dual cameras from Chinese smartphone manufacturers. In the third quarter, earnings are expected in increase QoQ on demand for image sensors and DDIs amid strong seasonality for smartphones. 

In the second half, overall earnings are projected to improve compared with the first half, led by strong demand for OLED DDIs and high-pixel image sensors. In addition, Samsung plans to diversify its customer base for mobile APs from China and develop chips for use in automotive and IoT applications. Mid- to long-term, the Company will focus on developing chipsets for 5G, multiple cameras and display panels, seeking to achieve higher growth compared to that of the market. 

For the Foundry Business, total earnings continued to grow QoQ due to strong demand for High Performance Computing (HPC) chipsets, mobile APs and image sensors. In addition, by securing orders for 8-inch specialty products, the Company has established a base for achieving stable earnings going forward. Earnings are expected to be solid in the second half on the back of higher demand for mobile APs and image sensors. Samsung will also strengthen process technology leadership by beginning 8-nanometer mass production and EUV-based 7-nanometer test production. 

The Company expects revenue to exceed USD 10 billion in 2018, following sales of USD 9.8 billion in 2017, securing a strong second place in the foundry market.

Display to Rebound in Second Half Led by Flexible OLED
The Display Panel Business posted KRW 5.67 trillion in consolidated revenue and KRW 0.14 trillion in operating profit for the quarter. 

For OLED, earnings decreased QoQ despite improved factory utilization for rigid products, as demand from major customers for flexible panels remained slow. Earnings from LCD also declined from the previous quarter as the shipment and average panel price continued the downward trend. 

Looking ahead to the second half, OLED sales are expected to rebound on recovering demand for flexible displays. Samsung aims to increase market share by actively addressing customer demand while enhancing technological and price competitiveness. The Company will incorporate more value-added features into panels and reinforce its competencies in new applications such as foldable displays, seeking new growth drivers. 

For LCD, Samsung expects demand to grow in the second half for premium TV panels that are used in high-resolution and ultra-large models, amid peak seasonality. Intensified competition and the industry’s capacity expansion will limit improvements in profits, but the Company will continue to focus on profit with differentiated high-end products such as Quantum Dot and 8K resolution TV panels. 

Mobile Posts Sluggish Sales, Networks Grows on LTE Expansion
The IT & Mobile Communications Division posted KRW 24.0 trillion in consolidated revenue and KRW 2.67 trillion in operating profit for the quarter. 

Amid the sluggish premium smartphone market and intensifying competition, Samsung’s smartphone shipments and revenue declined QoQ due to the slow sales of Galaxy S9 and S9+ as well as the phasing out of older low-end models. 

The Company posted a drop in quarterly operating profit due to higher marketing expenses. Meanwhile, the Networks Business saw a healthy sales growth as major overseas carrier partners increased investments in LTE expansion.

Demand for smartphones and tablets is forecast to increase in the second half as the market enters a period of strong seasonality, but competition is seen intensifying as new smartphone models are released. In response, Samsung will seek to expand sales by introducing a new Galaxy Note earlier than usual, which offers exceptional performance for a reasonable price. Also, Samsung plans to strengthen price competitiveness and adopt advanced technology in the mass models. 

Looking to the future, the Company will continue to reinforce product competitiveness based on hardware leadership, by adopting cutting-edge technology and new form factors and gaining leadership in 5G. Furthermore, based on the ever-evolving Bixby ecosystem which connects smartphones, TVs, refrigerators and other IoT devices, Samsung aims to offer personalized service to customers and create synergy with other services such as Samsung Pay. 

As for the Networks Business, the Company will supply its major partners with 5G network solutions and continue to invest to become the global leader in next-generation network solutions. 

Consumer Electronics to Maintain Premium Market Leadership
The Consumer Electronics Division, including the Visual Display and Digital Appliances businesses, posted KRW 10.4 trillion in consolidated revenue and KRW 0.51 trillion in operating profit for the second quarter. 

The overall TV market saw demand grow from a year ago as a major global soccer event lifted sales. Samsung reported a significant boost in earnings in the TV business due to strong sales of its premium products, including QLED and ultra-large screen TVs. 

Following a successful restructuring of its product line-up, Samsung led expansion of the premium TV market, winning more than 50% market share in the ultra-large screen segment of 75-inches and above. 

For the Digital Appliances Business, the overall market decreased YoY largely due to the instability in emerging markets, although developed markets posted a moderate growth. Samsung continued to expand sales of its premium products in the second quarter, including the Family Hub refrigerator and premium air purifier “CUBE”. However, earnings decreased slightly YoY, due to weak demand for air conditioners. 

Looking to the second half, the TV market is projected to grow YoY, especially in developed economies. Samsung will work to further improve profitability by focusing on sales of premium TVs and maximizing shipments during the year-end peak season. The Company’s second half release of the industry’s first AI- based 8K QLED TV is expected to further solidify its position as a leader in the premium TV market. 

As for the Digital Appliances Business, the Company will focus on profits by enhancing peak-season promotions in key regions including Black Friday, and expanding sales of premium products and built-in home appliances.

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