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  • Jun. 6, 2013, 4:27 PM
    Samsung (SSNLF.PK) has been meeting with investors to temper Galaxy S4 expectations, and the consensus for Q2 and Q3 S4 sales has fallen to 20M/quarter from a prior 25M and 30M, writes Susquehanna. The firm adds Samsung is now placing a greater emphasis on mid-range sales (Chinese OEMs have been competing aggressively here), and sees lower S4 estimates as a negative for Broadcom (BRCM) and Maxim (MXIM). PANL, RFMD, SYNA, and ANAD could also be affected. On the flip side, Canaccord believes S4 sales have passed iPhone sales at Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile USA, and RBC offered an upbeat forecast last week.
  • Jun. 4, 2013, 5:53 PM
    In a slight reversal of fortune, the ITC has ruled AT&T's versions of the iPhone 3GS (AAPL) and iPhone 4, and the 3G versions of the iPad 1 and 2, violate a standards-essential Samsung (SSNLF.PK) patent, and has issued a limited U.S. ban order. The ruling, which only covers 3G Apple hardware not relying on Qualcomm (QCOM) baseband chips, is final, but Apple can appeal to a federal court and/or ask the White House to intervene. Apple might also demand the patent be licensed under FRAND terms. U.S. iPhone 4 sales are still meaningful (for a few more months, anyway), but 3G iPad 2 sales are likely miniscule, and the 3GS and original iPad have been discontinued. AAPL -0.7% AH. (official ruling)
  • Jun. 3, 2013, 5:16 PM
    Samsung (SSNLF.PK) launches 8" and 10.1" models for its Galaxy Tab 3 to complement the 7" model launched in April. The 10.1" model reportedly sports an Intel Clover Trail+ CPU, but no supplier is named in the PR. Samsung tries to differentiate the 8" model through a "reading mode" display-optimization feature. In spite of tough competition from the iPad (still has a big lead in tablet-specific apps), the Kindle Fire, and the Nexus 7, IDC estimates Samsung's tablet share rose to 17.9% in Q1 from 15.1% in Q4 and 11.3% a year earlier. Shipments are believed to risen nearly 4x Y/Y to 8.8M, aided by the tablet market's torrid growth.
  • Jun. 2, 2013, 5:04 AM
    The ITC has delayed until Tuesday a verdict on whether Apple (AAPL) has breached Samsung (SSNLF.PK) patents in the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. The ITC, which was supposed to have ruled on Friday, didn't provide a reason for the postponement. In a preliminary decision in September, an ITC administrative law judge cleared Apple of violating the IP.
  • May 31, 2013, 10:36 AM
    The Chinese government will reportedly end a TV subsidy program in June, a move likely to hurt sales in a market whose strong demand has been offsetting U.S./European weakness. The program, launched in June '12, provided subsidies of $16-$65 for local TV purchases. Manufacturers and suppliers that could be affected: SNE, SSNLF.PK, GLW, AUO, LPL, STM.
  • May 30, 2013, 7:02 PM
    Galaxy S4 sales will top 20M in Q2 and 80M by year's end, estimates RBC, citing checks indicating strong U.S. demand. If Samsung (SSNLF.PK) pulls that off, it would be on its way to hitting its target of 100M lifetime sales. RBC also expects industry smartphone sales to rise 27% this year to 870M, and 20% in 2014 to 1B+. Meanwhile, a Russian site reports Samsung's June 20 London event will reveal the Galaxy S4 Zoom, a 4.3" phone sporting a 16MP camera with a 10x optical zoom, and the Galaxy S4 Active, a water/dust-proof S4 variant sporting a Qualcomm (QCOM) Snapdragon 600 CPU. Samsung's just-launched S4 Mini uses a Snapdragon 400. Other S4 suppliers: PANL, SYNA, ATML, RFMD, BRCM, ANAD, SWKS, TQNT.
  • May 30, 2013, 5:49 AM
    Samsung (SSNLF.PK) has unveiled the Galaxy S4 mini, the smaller brother of the Galaxy S4 smartphone, which has already achieved sales of over 10M units just a month after being launched. The mini has a 4.3 inch screen - and so is still larger than the iPhone - and an 8 mega-pixel camera. There's no word yet on pricing or launch date.
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  • May 28, 2013, 11:47 AM
    Samsung (SSNLF.PK) has scheduled a June 20 London even to show off new Android and Windows Phone hardware. The WSJ reports the expected Galaxy S4 Mini will be one of "several new products" to be unveiled. Will the Galaxy Note III also be launched? A Samsung exec speaking with South Korea's ETNews has confirmed the Note III will launch later this year, while adding the oversized phone will be thinner than the Note II might feature a camera with optical image stabilization and a 3x optical zoom.
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  • May 22, 2013, 6:41 AM
    Samsung (SSNLF.PK) says it will take a 10% stake in Pantech to join Qualcomm and Korea Development Bank as part owners of the handset maker. Looking forward, analysts think Samsung will make more acquisitions with it sitting cash heavy and looking for growth outside of organic channels.
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  • May 20, 2013, 1:07 PM
    Nomura downgrades SanDisk (SNDK -2.3%) to hold on valuation grounds, leading shares to take a breather following a 38% YTD gain. Though granting SanDisk is benefiting from "disciplined" NAND flash supply growth and improving product mix, Nomura still sees potential risks, such as capacity additions from rivals, high capex due to technology transitions, and the potential for Samsung (SSNLF.PK) to gain an edge down the line from its lead in developing 3D NAND chips.
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  • May 17, 2013, 11:27 AM
    Galaxy S4 sales will top 10M next week (less than a month after launching), says Samsung (SSNLF.PK) co-CEO Shin Jong-kyun. The Galaxy S III took 50 days to crack 10M. Samsung thinks S4 sales could eventually reach 100M, or twice the 50M the S III has seen over its lifetime. Suppliers with decent exposure: RFMD, ANAD, PANL, QCOM, BRCM, SYNA.
  • May 15, 2013, 11:50 AM
    Google (GOOG +2.5%) and Samsung (SSNLF.PK) will use Google I/O to show off a version of the Galaxy S4 that (like Google's Nexus hardware) runs a stock version of Android, reports. Google, which has cracked $900 for the first time today, has been working hard to promote stock Android relative to versions with custom skins such as Samsung's TouchWiz and HTC's Sense, but with limited success. Upcoming Motorola phones will reportedly run stock Android. I/O festivities start at 12PM ET (live blog). (music service reports)
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  • May 13, 2013, 1:43 PM
    Amazon (AMZN) has bought Samsung's (SSNLF.PK) Liquavista e-reader display unit, The Digital Reader uncovers via Dutch regulatory filings; Amazon has subsequently confirmed the purchase. Past rumors indicated Samsung was trying to sell Liquavista, which was developing low-power color displays relying on a process called electrowetting, to Amazon for less than $100M. Look for Liquavista's tech to appear in future Kindle e-readers.
  • May 10, 2013, 10:58 AM
    Universal Display (PANL -12.1%) is now tumbling in the wake of its Q1 report and guidance reiteration. Investors may have wanted a guidance hike in light of strong early demand for Samsung's (SSNLF.PK) Galaxy S4. Also: materials cost rose by $2M Q/Q, something partly attributed on the earnings call to a mix shift (to green emitters?) and higher materials cost, and (in response to a question about slumping red emitter sales) PANL admitted customers are using materials more efficiently. On the bright side, management noted reports indicate Samsung's Galaxy Note III and an LG phone will feature flexible OLEDs; both are expected in Q4. (Lumia 928)
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  • May 6, 2013, 1:54 PM
    Apple (AAPL +2.6%) commanded 57% of smartphone profits in Q1, and Samsung (SSNLF.PK) 43%, estimates Canaccord's Mike Walkley. All other OEMs collectively broke even, after having lost money last year. Apple's profit share is down from 2012's 69%, and Samsung's up from 2012's 34% - chalk those changes up to Samsung's share gains and Apple's gross margin decline. Walkley also writes Samsung's Galaxy S4 is off to a strong start (in spite of some reports of overheating), that checks indicate U.S. BlackBerry Z10 (BBRY +0.7%) sales are soft, and that U.K. Q10 supplies have been limited.
  • May 6, 2013, 6:09 AM
    Apple's (AAPL) stringent policies with telecom carriers - including minimum sales requirements - and the iPhone's high price and its technical needs, are preventing the company from addressing a market of 2.8B customers, research firm estimates. Tellingly, Apple has signed fewer than a dozen new carriers since September 2011, helping to explain the device's slowing growth and Samsung's (SSNLF.PK) increasing dominance.
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Sector: Technology
Country: Korea