Samsung tied in fight with Apple over supply chain control as only 10% of Galaxy S4 units have Exynos chip
To secure it can continue making enough Galaxy S4 phones and meet user demand Samsung is now buying more components than ever and the next huge battle between the industry’s two giants might not happen in courtrooms but with suppliers.
"The next round of the post-patent battle for them will be over component supplies," NH Investment & Securities analyst Lee Sun-tae said. "Who wins access to the best performing components in class in large quantity - that's the key ... and explains why Samsung is shopping for components more than ever."
Samsung manufactures a lot of the components for the Galaxy S4 including the AMOLED display, memory chips, battery and its core, the Exynos 5 Octa processor. However only one in ten Galaxy S4s ships with the Samsung-made Exynos chip. The remaining overwhelming majority of S4s actually runs on the Qualcomm-made quad-core Snapdragon 600 chip (including the US version of the phone). Qualcomm is a major Apple supplier.
Samsung Galaxy S4 and its parts.
That outsourcing of components, though, has the downside of Samsung using its differentiation factor. It bet on flexible displays promising to roll out bendable screens by the end of 2012, but that turned out too ambitious and now, one year later, the company has no schedule for flexible screens and has officially denied the Galaxy Note III would have such a display. LG on the other hand is promising a device with a flexible screen by the year end.
There is one thing in this whole situation Samsung understands very well and it is how its smartphones business quickly became a core driver of profits and is now spending more on marketing than research and development. So far, that’s working out great, but the competition gets tougher by the day.
1. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 453; Member since: 11 May 2013)
Smartphones' hardware now is becoming very similar thats why
2. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
When will this competition end? Don't they ever get tired of fighting?
4. dsDoan (Posts: 219; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
Of course it won't end. They have products competing for the same audience.
26. hung2900 (Posts: 804; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
Yes. Cocacola and Pepsi have fought each other for about 100 years
31. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Pepsi tastes better than Coke, just like Apple is Coke, and Android is Pepsi. Coke is a hype!
34. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Lol o definitely got use that in my sales pitch haha
37. Jillxz (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
Troll no way. Cocacola is better than Pepsi and Android is Cocacola.
7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Competition is the best thing for the end-user, because companies are forced to come up with bigger and better things. It's a great thing for us.
9. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Yes, this competition can go on, but they're having an unfair competition, they're suing each other.
Why can't they have a fair competition?
17. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
I'd probably sue in their position, Apple spent top dollar to buy out the US Patent Office, and like any company, they want what they paid for. Samsung would do the same thing if they jumped the patent gun early, so would every other company, including mine.
This. Is. BUSINESS!!!
Shady it may be.
22. darkkjedii (Posts: 11952; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Bone that was a very good and true post...it's big business.
18. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
Just for kids and olds are outdated iConboards appropriate :-)
15. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)
So how does it feel after losing respect in lightjedii's eyes?
3. twens (Posts: 670; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
All we want is top notch hardware and software with a decrease in price. We consumers want good products that cost less. Which ever company satisfies us wins. May the battle continue. Lol
5. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6583; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Apple will be taken down by Samsung no matter what with its marketing strategy. Still sucks our u.s version don't have the Exynos chip
11. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
well Saïd, very true *+1
Apple down south*®
6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
The 10% Octa is not really a supply issue but a scheduling one, the final A15 Octa is simply isn't ready yet as the first-gen found in the I9500 is NOT fully functional big.LITTLE. So the first phone officially to launch on the tech as it is intended will be the Note III, and I don't expect supply issues for that. It's probably 10% for the S4 so all resources could concentrate on that device, and it will be a monster phone. But the Snapdragon 600 is more than a just a strong wolf, it's a smaller tiger itself.
13. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Apple will spend what ever it takes, cause it was steves last dieing wishes, that will never ever come true
GOD BLESS SAMSUNG FTW®
23. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5867; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I think Sammy understands the invest in marketing concept better than Apple. Otherwise, Apple would be out-spending Sammy on marketing. Steve was very stingy with his cash, and it seems the culture of stingy-ness lives on.
12. sinple (Posts: 107; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
company that supply both apple and samsung have the last laugh
14. verbalize (Posts: 87; Member since: 03 May 2013)
Samsung will fail like all other Manufacturers. Once you drink the Kool-Aid they have your money the quality goes down hill. Low grade plastic cases, Glitchy operating system , and very little innovation. What a waste of plastic... So now they'll put their money into advertising and the quality goes out the window. And the suckers will continue to buy until they wake up and find out what they bought is garbage .
16. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6583; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Are u just another teen on this website hater?
19. HASHTAG (unregistered)
Well he does have a point. Like Apple, went from glass to some cheap aluminum material.
20. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
Glitchy operating system? What are you, from 2008? Lol plastic is a lot more comfortable to hold than an aluminum one. Unlike you, we don't really care what others think about our phones. All we want is a beast with a powerful processor, sd card storage, removable battery, (s note for galaxy note), Amoled and an open operating system.
29. tedkord (Posts: 4947; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Keep repeating that until you convinced yourself and can finally get as good nights sleep.
30. darkkjedii (Posts: 11952; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I read your comment till you said very little innovation. Saying Samsung has very little innovation, is like saying Shaq has very little feet.
21. Loubielou (Posts: 226; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
O.k we were pleased that Apple joined the Smartphone market,but they are a Company who does not like Competition,they think they are Supreme,but now they are acting like Babies,an Why can"t they join the Tennis market as they just love going to"Courts"
25. yowanvista (Posts: 306; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
This claim is kinda BS, all SGS4 in my country (Middle East Africa region) use the Exynos 5 SoC. I haven't yet stumbled across any Crapdragon 600 version.
27. marioellobo (Posts: 44; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)
i think they don't like number 2 that's why ther are number one in the courtrooms .
28. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Wow, what to say to this.. Samsung, pull your big ass together and ramp up the Exynos production?
32. raphz (Posts: 35; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)
"Samsung now spending more money on marketing than research and development"
Smart move by samsung,why innovate when you can copy from another company
33. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 453; Member since: 11 May 2013)
Dude $11B for their marketing.. R&d is not far behind with $10B
Apple's figures are just about 1/10 of samsung's figures
38. joey_sfb (Posts: 3003; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
copy apple on what!? apple bought all their parts from Samsung before they brought them to court. The display, the battery, the processor, the memory. Name one part that don't come from their Korean counterpart.
i - is for idiotism.
35. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Two companies I can't wait to see hit rock bottom. ..more over iphone love Apple company but just the phone i would to see it rock bottom and VZW I would love it more than icrap for it to hit rock bottom
36. android-jamaica (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 May 2013)
2014 Top 5 Smartphone manufacturers are:
#2 Apple & Samsung(we have a tie here folks)