NEW DELHI: Two iconic handset companies are set for a titanic clash on October 17, looking to cash in on festive demand ahead of Diwali. Samsung on Tuesday unveiled its latest flagship Galaxy Note 4 device, which will go on sale from Friday, when Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will also become available. The Note 4, launched globally about a month ago, is positioned to take on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus on pricing, even as the Korean major’s dominance of both the overall phone market and the fast-growing smartphone segment faces a growing threat from Indian handset companies such as Micromax and Karbonn.
Samsung has finally launched the Galaxy Note 4 big-screened smartphone in India at INR58,300 (US$953). The Galaxy Note 4 arrives early to compete with Apple’s first large screen contender – the iPhone 6 Plus. Both phones lock horns this week since the iPhone 6 Plus, starting INR62,500 (US$1,016), arrives on October 17. Samsung will offer the Galaxy Note with new S Pen stylus in bronze gold, charcoal black, and frost white.
[NEW YORK] Shares of Samsung Electronics appear cheap and could gain as much as 50 per cent, Barron’s financial newspaper said in its latest edition. Samsung’s stock has fallen 19 per cent this year due to plunging profits in its mobile phone business and it hit a 52-week low on Friday after a warning about its third-quarter profit earlier in the week.
SEOUL, Oct 12 — Samsung Electronics Co said it has developed a Wi-Fi technology that can increase data transmission speeds by five times the maximum rate possible with existing consumer electronics devices. The 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology will enable a one gigabyte movie to be transferred between devices in less than three seconds while allowing uncompressed high-definition videos to be streamed in real time, the Suwon, South Korea-based company said in an e-mailed statement today.
Consumer electronics giant Samsung has announced plans to offer large customers a one-stop shop of support and management for devices and services across the board, pitching itself as the single service provider enterprises will need for help with everything from smartphones to printers. Samsung’s first entry into services, dubbed ‘360 Services for Business’, is aimed squarely at the partnership signed in July between Apple and IBM, which sees IBM support and manage Apple’s consumer-popular products for its enterprise clients.
Samsung is busy putting out fires and dampening down expectations these days. Months after a 25 percent drop in quarterly profit, Samsung today warned of an approximate 60 percent profit slump for its upcoming Q3 earnings report. Samsung’s note of caution points out that “declines in the mobile business due to intensified smartphone competition” are to blame. Since Samsung pulls in more than 60 percent of its profit from mobile phone sales, that’s where it hurts the most.
Instead of partnering with a big services company to help business users, Samsung has decided to go it alone. The South Korean electronics giant on Tuesday unveiled its first entrée into services, called Samsung 360 Services for Business. The operations will allow it to support enterprise customers using everything from smartphones to printers — and the devices don’t even have to be made by Samsung. It will be a one-stop-shop for enterprise customers who need tech help as more of their employees bring their own devices to work and as the company supports more technology vendors.
[SEOUL] Samsung Electronics on Tuesday said operating profit likely fell 59.7 per cent in the July-September period to 4.1 trillion won (US$3.8 billion) as earnings from its market-leading smartphone division likely continued to shrink. The guidance, released ahead of final third-quarter figures due around end-October, was lower than a 5.6 trillion won mean estimate of 43 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
[SEOUL] Samsung Electronics said on Monday that it will invest 15.6 trillion won (US$14.7 billion) to build a new semiconductor production facility in South Korea. The world’s biggest memory chip maker said in a statement that construction of the facility, to be built in Pyeongtaek, will begin in the first half of next year and be completed by the second half of 2017.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world’s largest smartphone developer, recently announced plans to move 500 software engineers from its mobile division to focus on other areas with emphasis on the Tizen platform. The other areas include TVs, networks, electronics, printers and enterprise software. Samsung’s shift in focus intends to strengthen its overall software prowess and enhance its competitive edge in the “Internet of things (IoT)” industry, the company said.
In 2013, Samsung Electronics had a whopping 275,000 total employees, or more than five times the size of Google’s, Ars Technica reported Friday. That’s more than Google, Apple, and Microsoft combined. Even when you narrow it down to just software engineers, Samsung still had an overwhelming 40,506 people making software. To put that in context, Google only had 18,593 in R&D (most of which were probably making software).
Following in the path of Sony and its Vaio PCs, Samsung has decided to exit the laptop market stopping sales of Ativ Windows and Chromebook devices in Europe, PC Advisor can confirm. It’s common knowledge that the PC market is in decline with Sony pulling out and selling its Vaio business back in February of this year. Despite being a giant of the tech world, Samsung has now followed suit.
TAIPEI — A product teardown by research firm IHS Inc. has found that South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. is still supplying some processor chips for Apple Inc.’s larger-screen iPhones, although more orders are going to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電). In an analysis report published Tuesday, IHS said the Apple-designed A8 processor used in both the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is not supplied entirely by Samsung, signaling a major departure in component supplier selection from previous iPhone models.
SEOUL–Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday its latest Galaxy Note 4 smartphone will go on sale in China and South Korea later this month as its flagging mobile business tries to defend sales from Apple’s new iPhones. Samsung said all three South Korean mobile operators will begin Galaxy Note 4 sales on Friday. All three Chinese mobile carriers will release the new phone before the end of this month, it said. Samsung’s announcement marks the first time the South Korean company has released a flagship smartphone in China before other major overseas markets.
SEOUL–Samsung Electronics Co., which faces a slowdown in emerging market smartphone sales, will release its long-delayed Tizen-powered handset in India before the end of this year, a report said Monday. Samsung’s first Tizen-based device will be launched in November in India, said Tarun Malik, director of Samsung’s Media Solutions Center in Southwest Asia, in an interview with Economic Times.
SAN FRANCISCO: Samsung announced on Thursday (Sep 18) that its eagerly-anticipated Note 4 “phablet” will be released on Oct 17. The South Korean consumer electronics titan credited with being the first major manufacturer to blend tablet and smartphone features said it will begin taking orders for the coming model on Friday, the same day rival Apple launches its new-generation iPhone 6.
TAIPEI — Taiwan-based HTC Corp. edged out Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea to return to being Taiwan’s largest smartphone manufacturer based upon units in the second quarter of this year, according to data released by research house IDC. HTC took first place because of sales of its flagship One M8 and mid-tier Desire 816, while Samsung continued to benefit from the popularity of its high-end Note series, IDC said in a Sept. 12 report.
[SAN FRANCISCO] Nvidia Corp has sued rival chipmakers Qualcomm and Samsung Electronics, accusing both companies of infringing its patents on graphics processing technology. The US chipmaker vies with Qualcomm in the business of providing chips for smartphones and tablets. It said on Thursday that Qualcomm and Samsung had used Nvidia’s patented technologies without a license in Samsung’s mobile devices, including the just-launched Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge.
BERLIN: South Korean giant Samsung unveiled the next generation of its pioneering “phablet” and “smartwatch” gadgets at the IFA consumer electronics fair on Wednesday (Sep 3) in a bid to keep ahead of arch-rival Apple. It also surprised technophiles with a virtual reality headset, the Samsung VR. As media hype builds over the Apple’s latest launch next week, Samsung pulled out all the stops to push its own new Galaxy Note 4 at a special event held two days before the IFA officially opens its doors.
MUMBAI: Google Inc’s partnership with three Indian phone makers is set to rev up fast-growing demand for lower priced smartphones, and spell more trouble for Samsung Electronics which is rapidly losing share in emerging markets. Micromax Infomatics Ltd, Karbonn Mobiles and Spice Group are the first phone manufacturers to sign up for Google’s Android One initiative, which provides specifications for key hardware parts. Some of the new phones are due to hit the market this month.