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  • Samsung’s most shipment is made up of low-end phones
  • Galaxy flagships are not doing well in sales
  • ASP gap between Samsung and Apple widened due to flagship sales

It looks like Samsung is late in taking the decision of ‘operating strategy’ revision. Since the sales of Samsung smartphones increased, ASP growth (average selling price) is negligible, which makes Apple happy. It’s found that mid-rangers have the biggest share in Samsung’s sales and flagships are not doing well.

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Compared to Apple, Samsung flagship phone sales have not hiked due to software controversy this year, while, Galaxy A series is making new records of success. At the same time, the division of the iPhone 14 lineup is making big profits for Apple as it widened the ASP gap with Samsung.

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During July-September 2022, Apple recorded a 10% increase in sales and a 7% increase in ASP compared to the same period last year. Omdia report suggests that the ASP of Samsung and Apple were $383 and $959, as of the second quarter, respectively.

ASP Growth

  • Samsung 2%
  • Apple 7%

Samsung flagship smartphones sales average selling price

According to Counterpoint Research, the ASP of Samsung’s smartphones only increased 2% year-on-year in the third quarter of this year. The sales of Galaxy Z Fold/Flip lineup and 5G smartphones got increment (YoY) by 2 times and 27%, respectively.

Due to less sales of the Galaxy S22 flagship lineup, Samsung’s revenue decreased by 4% YoY and the global smartphone market share decreased by 0.2%. On the flip side, not only Apple’s revenue and ASP increased, but worldwide shipments also increased alongside.

“Galaxy has a strong flagship image in Korea, but the perception is different in overseas markets. This is why Samsung needs to put more effort into overseas markets,” said an industry insider.

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NVIDIA approves Samsung HBM3 for GPU made for China

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NVIDIA approved Samsung HBM3 memory chips for GPUs made for China. Reuters revealed in their exclusive report that Samsung passed NVIDIA’s verification test for its fourth generation of high bandwidth memory chips.

According to the report, the Samsung HBM3 chip secured long-awaited approval from NVIDIA. The greenlight isn’t full-fledged as HBM3 will only be used in a less advanced processor, the H20, designed for the Chinese market, at least for now.

Reuters sources claim whether Samsung’s HBM3 memory chips will be used in other processors is unconfirmed. It’s worth noting that NVIDIA exclusively designs less sophisticated processors for China given US export sanctions.

Pay attention, the company is still verifying the fifth-gen HBM chips. The HBM3E will likely be used in NVIDIA’s latest graphic processor units, like the H200. SK Hynix already got approval and has supplied HBM3E since the beginning of the year.

First produced in 2013, HBM is a type of DRAM that contains vertically stacked chips to save space and reduce power consumption. It’s a key component for AI GPUs, which helps process massive amounts of data produced by complex applications.

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Samsung globally releases Galaxy Z Flip 6, Fold 6, Watch 7, Watch Ultra, Buds 3 Pro and Ring

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 Fold 6 Watch Ultra Watch 7 Galaxy Ring and Buds 3 Pro

Following the mega launch on July 10, Samsung today globally released the Galaxy Z Flip 6, Z Fold 6, Watch 7, Watch Ultra, Buds 3, Buds 3 Pro, and Galaxy Ring. The products are now available for purchase in around 100 countries.

Earlier this month, the Korean tech giant held a great Unpacked event in Paris. On the same day, the company announced it to put these devices on market shelves on July 24. The new products are integrated with Galaxy AI tech to further enhance user experience.

“We’ve seen significant consumer excitement following the unveiling of our latest Galaxy devices in Paris earlier this month,” said TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics.

By integrating the power of Galaxy AI into the newly released foldable devices as well as expanding it to the Galaxy ecosystem, Samsung is continuing its commitment to putting the potential of AI into the hands of millions around the world.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 Fold 6 Watch Ultra Watch 7 Galaxy Ring and Buds 3 Pro

The new foldables from Samsung feature the Gemini Nano AI model. It fuels on-device AI capabilities, bringing tons of new useful features. The One UI 6.1.1 software also ensures seamless operations on the new Galaxy smartphones.

The Galaxy Z Fold 6, Galaxy Z Flip 6, Galaxy Watch Ultra, Galaxy Watch 7, Galaxy Buds 3 series and Galaxy Ring is available globally from July 24, 2024.

The Galaxy Z Fold 6 is available in Silver Shadow, Pink and Navy. Galaxy Z Flip6 also offers Silver Shadow, in addition to Yellow, Blue and Mint colors.

Galaxy Watch Ultra is available in a 47mm size in Titanium Gray, Titanium White and Titanium Silver. Galaxy Watch 7 is available in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm. Choose from Green and Cream color options for 40mm and Green and Silver for 44mm.

Galaxy Buds3 series is available in two colors, Silver and White.

Galaxy Ring is available in nine size options to ensure the perfect fit with three color choices — Titanium Black, Titanium Silver, and Titanium Gold.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 screen broke within a day, is this widespread?

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The inner screen of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 allegedly broke within a day. SamSWUpdate on X posted an image of the alleged Z Fold 6 smartphone. The handset’s main/inner screen is no longer functional signaling a manufacturing problem.

As shown in the image, the left part of the inner screen has broken. A green screen overlay appeared on the half portion of the foldable panel. It seems to be an OLED flaw, rendering Samsung’s most premium smartphone useless.

While detailed information regarding the incident is not available, we expect the consumer to get the unit replaced FOC. The fault may have appeared because of the initial production unit, as it usually happens in Samsung’s case, even though we had a similar experience with Fold 4.

Thanks to the purchase policy, Samsung would provide a replacement to the affected consumer. The incident would have ruined the consumer’s experience but it wouldn’t have been disastrous if the unit got damaged due to a manufacturing defect.

 

Samsung officially introduced the Galaxy Z Fold 6 on July 10 in Paris. The company has also announced the Galaxy Z Flip 6 foldable phone, Galaxy Watch Ultra and Watch 7, Galaxy Buds 3 and Buds 3 Pro, and Galaxy Ring.

The company confirmed general availability to begin on July 24. However, shipment of pre-order units is already underway in select markets. Today is the last day for pre-orders, which is advantageous for potential buyers in many ways.

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