Apple takes a bite from Samsung; there could be worse to come

“Samsung Electronics has gone from smartphone model to basket case,” Aaron Back reports for The Wall Street Journal‎. “There could be worse to come.”

“Samsung said Tuesday its third-quarter operating profit likely fell 58% to 62% from a year earlier, which was even worse than already low analyst expectations. It was the fourth quarter in a row of declining operating profit,” Back reports. “A detailed breakdown won’t be available until Samsung releases full results, but the problem is clearly in the mobile division.”

“Samsung’s smartphone business is facing intense competitive pressure at the low-end from Chinese handset makers, and at the high-end from the iPhone,” Back reports. ” With the iPhone 6, Apple essentially wiped out Samsung’s distinguishing feature: a big screen size. And with the jumbo iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has now entered into the ‘phablet’ segment that Samsung pioneered.”

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Thermonuclear.
Back reports, “The third quarter included just 12 days of iPhone 6 sales. Expect the impact on Samsung in the fourth quarter to be much bigger.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Karma sure is one beautiful bitch!

May Samsung’s pain be multiplied by infinity.

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31 Comments

  1. And with the jumbo iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has now entered into the ‘phablet’ segment that Samsung pioneered.

    NO. Samsung, as usual, did not pioneer. Here’s who did:

    Enter the Phablet: A History of Phone-Tablet Hybrids

    For years now, mobile phone companies have been trying to bridge the gap between phones and tablets. The AT&T EO, from 1993, might be the ancestor of all phablets: a first, clumsy attempt to combine a mobile phone with a screen that’s bigger than palm-sized….

    Also on the list, in order, before Samsung joined in:
    – HTC Advantage (2007)
    – Nokia N810 WiMAX Edition (2008)
    – Verizon Hub (2009)
    – LG GW990 (2010)
    – Dell Streak (2010)
    – Acer Iconia Smart (2011)
    – Pantech Pocket (2011)

    The first Samsung ‘phablet’ that actually was a phone was the Galaxy Note (2012). So much for Samsung, the ‘pioneer’. 😛 😆 💩💩💩

    1. Well now that is very interesting. Thanks, Derek, for research I’d been too lazy to do.

      The word phablet is an abomination, a confectionary word seized upon by ad-sucking media page-hit men who’ll hang any offal on their fishhooks. I fear it is too late to prevent word collectors from sighing and capitulating to the ‘wisdom of the crowd’, including the word in their dictionaries, which Nero Wolfe would burn, page by page.

          1. I consider Hannagh to be a goddess because, among other reasons, she is a master at words. I am not. I wish I could innately play with anagrams. I cheat and use descrambler apps. 😉 I like the two anagrams you supplied! 😀

  2. yup, next quarter will be the real test of hitting rock bottom for Samsung. Will profit declines stop @ 60% or is a 75% decline possible with 2 1/2 months of iPhone 6 sales in China?

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