Samsung Profits Drop 26% in Second Quarter: Slumping TV Sales to Blame?

Bloomberg Businessweek:

Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest maker of televisions, posted a 26 percent drop in second-quarter profit after a slump in sales of flat screens masked a surge in demand for smartphones and tablet computers.

With the possibility of Apple, Samsung’s largest customer, shifting its SoC and flash memory business away from Samsung the future doesn’t look too bright. Apple’s A6 might be manufactured not by Samsung, but by TSMC.

“Surge in demand” for Samsung Galaxy Tab-branded tablets sounds a bit exaggerated. Aside from Apple’s iPad, demand for tablets has been weak. This according to comScore on June 23:

The iPad is currently the dominant tablet device across all geographies, contributing more than 89 percent of tablet traffic across all markets.

The Galaxy S and Galaxy S II smartphones have been blockbusters. The Galaxy S II that sports a RGB OLED display is Samsung’s fastest selling smartphone. Unfortunately the legal battle with Apple continues on that could jeopardize smartphone sales.

Update: According to Bloomberg, on July 5 Apple submitted a complaint to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) seeking to block imports of the Galaxy S smartphone and Galaxy Tab tablet by Samsung.

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