NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO: Apple was handed a mixed ruling by a US appeals court in the latest twist in a blockbuster intellectual property battle with Samsung Electronics, as a prior patent infringement verdict was upheld but a trademark finding that the iPhone’s appearance could be protected was thrown out. That means up to 40% of a $930 million verdict which had been won by Apple must be reconsidered.
SEOUL: Samsung kicked off construction of a new chip plant to help fuel growth as smartphone sales slow, saying it would invest 15.6 trillion won ($14.3 billion) until production begins in 2017. The South Korean electronics giant, which has seen a surge in demand for chips, broke ground on the new plant in the city of Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometres (44 miles) south of Seoul. Production at the 2.89 million square-meter plant will begin in the latter half of 2017, Samsung said in a statement.
NEW DELHI: Samsung retained its leadership in the India smartphone and overall market even as smartphone market contracted 7 per cent sequentially, in January to March quarter 2015, analysts at CyberMedia Research said Tuesday. India’s mobile handsets market declined 15 per cent in terms of overall shipments over Q4 2014, to 53 million mobile handsets of which, 37 per cent (19.5 million) were smartphones, CyberMedia said. Featurephone shipments declined 18 per cent sequentially.
NEW DELHI: Samsung retained its leadership in the India smartphone and overall market even as smartphone market contracted 7% sequentially, in January to March quarter 2015, analysts at CyberMedia Research said. India’s mobile handsets market declined 15% in terms of overall shipments over Q4 2014, to 53 million mobile handsets of which, 37% (19.5 million) were smartphones, CyberMedia said. Feature phone shipments declined 18% sequentially.
Spreadtrum Communications has announced that its quad-core mobile chipset, the SC7730ST, and its dual-core mobile chipset, the SC7727S, have been adopted by Samsung Electronics in a series of tablets and smartphones. The SC7730ST is now shipping in Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 V tablets, which are 7-inch models available with WCDMA (SM-T116 series) and Wi-Fi ( SM-T113 series) features. These tablets, designed with Spreadtrum’s 1.3GHz quad-core processor, feature a 7-inch WSVGA display, a 2MP camera, 8GB internal memory and 1GB RAM, a 32GB MicroSD slot and extended battery life of up to eight hours on video playback.
Ever since reaching a sales zenith in 2013, Samsung smartphones have been facing an increasing challenge from their Chinese counterparts, losing ground to Chinese brands such as Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi in the mainland market in 2014 and also suffering strong competition from Chinese rivals in international markets, according to the Shanghai-based China Business News (CBN).
Samsung Electronics said Wednesday it expects the sales of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones to breach the 70-million mark. “The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are drawing positive responses. I have no doubt that they will be the biggest-sellers in the Galaxy series ever,” an executive said ahead of his participation in a weekly meeting with presidents of Samsung affiliates at the company’s Seocho headquarters in southern Seoul, Wednesday. Asked about sales estimation, he said, “We expect 70 million plus.”
Semiconductor capital spending by Samsung Electronics is expected to reach an all-time high of US$15 billion in 2015, making the company’s capex the world’s highest in the semiconductor industry for the sixth straight year since 2010, according to an estimate of Digitimes Research. Meanwhile, SK Hynix’s capex is expected to stay flat at US$5.1 billion in 2015 as compared to the previous year. Samsung’s capex for system ICs in 2015 will reach US$4 billion compared to US$2.9 billion in the previous year, mainly to finance the commencement of its Line-17 fab in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province and a continued build-up of its 14nm production capacity at its plant in Austin, Texas.
Buoyed by a market-beating first-quarter performance, Samsung appeared to regain much of its confidence with its mobile chief appealing to customer loyalty for its latest Galaxy 6 and Edge smartphones on the eve of the start of global sales. “Sales of the S6 depend on the intensity of your support,” co-CEO Shin Jong-kyun said at a news conference to launch the device in Korea, Thursday.
At an event today in Singapore, Samsung revealed launch dates for the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge phones across Asia. The launches happen on eight dates throughout this month – starting with the global debut on April 10 – and cover much of the continent. We can add to that two other known dates – mainland China on April 10 and Hong Kong on April 20. The new model has been met with with largely favorable reviews but still faces a huge challenge in Asia with the iPhone 6 cornering the high-end market and new brands like Xiaomi undercutting Samsung on price.
Qualcomm’s next-generation application processor (AP), the Snapdragon 820, is expected to outsource to Samsung Electronics using a 14nm node, which the Korea-based foundry house has demonstrated as a proven process as showcased by the performance and power consumption of its14nm EXynos 7420 CPU developed in house, according to Digitimes Research.
NEW DELHI: It looks like Samsung is working on a new version of its Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 tablet that supports iris recognition. California (US)-based Stanford Research Institute (SRI), has issued a press informing that it has exclusively licensed its Iris on the Move (IOM) technologies to Samsung for use in Samsung mobile products. Additionally SRI has inked a supply agreement to start production and sales of the IOM technology-embedded Samsung mobile products for enterprise and business to business (b2b) applications.
Samsung Electronics will lead the world’s top-10 smartphone vendor rankings in 2015, followed by Apple, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Huawei, Xiaomi Technology, Microsoft, TCL Communication Technology, Coolpad and Oppo, according to Digitimes Research. Samsung and Apple will ship over 330 million and 230 million smartphones, respectively in 2015, while Lenovo will ramp up its shipments to 84 million units following the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility.
NEW DELHI: Samsung seems to be taking a leaf from rival Xiaomi’s book. The South Korean manufacturer reportedly has plans to sell its smartphones online-only, a strategy made popular by Xiaomi. According to a report by Korea Times newspaper, Samsung plans to sell its smartphones via leading e-commerce websites in India, Vietnam and China. Citing supply chain sources, the report says that Samsung aims to save on sales costs through its new online-only plan. Moreover, this means that Samsung will be able to sell its products cheaper to the consumers.
Qualcomm, which is believed to have lost processor orders for the Galaxy S6 series smartphones from Samsung Electronics, is vying for orders for the upcoming Galaxy Note 5, according to industry sources. The recently-introduced Galaxy S6 flagship smartphones are powered by Samsung-designed Exynos processors, and did not come with two versions as what the previous-generation Galaxy S4 has, the sources said.
Microsoft’s Office apps will be pre-installed in some Samsung tablets running Google’s Android system, extending an agreement to put some Microsoft apps on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 phone. The move is the latest in Microsoft’s efforts to get its cloud-enabled software into the hands of as many customers as possible, regardless of platform or device. Microsoft said Samsung will pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype and its note-taking and cloud storage apps on certain tablets in the first half of this year.
Fans of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will not have to wait much longer as the next generation flagships will finally be launched in about a week from now come April 2. It comes as no surprise as both smartphones were revealed only last month at the Samsung Unpacked in Barcelona. The flagships will see a complete redesign of Samsung’s premium Galaxy smartphone look which now incorporates a slim body made aerospace-grade aluminium alloy and glass surface on the front and rear.
Samsung Electronics had talks with MediaTek over cooperation in the second half of 2014 and MediaTek is expected to become an application processor (AP) supplier of Samsung’s smartphones in the second half of 2015 at the soonest to help fill up the gap in the Korea-based vendor’s product lineup. After Broadcom quit the smartphone AP business, Samsung has turned to Marvell for replacement and partnered with China-based Spreadtrum to acquire AP solutions for its lower-end smartphone product lines.
NEW DELHI: Chinese handset maker Xiaomi surpassed global smartphone giants Samsung and Apple in terms of market share to become India’s top 4G handset seller in January this year, CyberMedia Research said on March 17. Earlier this month, the market research firm had said that the iPhone maker emerged as the largest 4G LTE device vendor in the country in October-December 2014. As per the latest CyberMedia Research (CMR) data, Xiaomi leads the 4G LTE device market with 30.8% market share in January followed by Apple (23.8%), Samsung (12.1%), HTC (10%) and Micromax (8.3%).
NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: Samsung Electronics expects its revenue growth in India this fiscal year to slow to less than half of last year, but still continue to outpace the industry in every category it operates. Samsung hopes new smartphone launches to drive sales next year in India, which it expects to become the second-largest market for the Korean electronics major by the end of 2016, surpassing the US but behind China.