Samsung and HTC shares get battered to new lows on flagship smartphone slowdown

Samsung and HTC shares get battered to new lows on flagship smartphone slowdown
Samsung's shares extended their drop in Korean trading, after they were skidding on Friday to a 9-month low due to the flagship smartphone business diminished guidance.

Analysts, who are always clever after the fact, already said that the high-end segment has hit the brick wall of market saturation, and the tepid upgrade that the Galaxy S4 is likely won't excite consumers to break their contracts, not to mention that carriers are making it harder and harder to get a new handset, so as to avoid doling out subsidies.

In the meantime another flagship Android maker, HTC, got punished in the market. It met its guidance, but not investors' expectations, which were eagerly awaiting the results from the HTC One sales. As a result, shares in the Taiwanese company dropped to a 7-year low. 

Usually when things are going perfectly, companies begin to slack and issue incremental upgrades until the market wakes them up, so these share price troubles might herald a new era of smartphone innovation going forward, and we are all for that.

source: WSJ & Reuters

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66 Comments

63. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Stop it guys.. for me Sony has the bigger chance than Nokia in beating Samsung in smartphone market.. BEING BEST IN CAMERA will not lift the company up! SAMSUNG provides the best ecosystem of a real SMARTphone coupled with the most intuitive OS-android thats why they are winning..The company has the best features that a COMMERCIAL can stand with great attack to consumers.. On the other hand, Sony has a strong Brand as Sony, thats why theyr selling and because their phones are beautiful in stores!

60. Tachycardia

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 08, 2013

take some beta blockers

46. wendygarett unregistered

Love to see those fanboys fight, even within android... the articles says clearly and obviously that consumers tired to buy the high end overpriced device, and now it mid range war time, and I love to see the comparison between moto x, Huawei ascent p6, and HTC ONE mini... These three midrange fight attract my attention... Together with non android device like lumia 720, bb q5, and the 4 inch cheap cheap iPhone... take note phonearena, I WANT you to make these comparison once it done release...

50. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I agree with you wendy +1

52. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

love to see the real wendy :)

55. wendygarett unregistered

High end android, sluggish... low end android, also sluggish... mind as well buy the low end instead :)

66. androidfanboy

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 24, 2013

Stop sucking on apples d.i.c.k you bitch

30. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Record $8.5billion profit and 20million GS4s sold. Anybody who thinks Sony or Nokia have a chance are simply deluded, neither company can manage to sell that many of one model in 5months.

32. MachidoDen

Posts: 202; Member since: May 30, 2013

even samsung was not able to sell that many when Nokia was king :D but see the Change ? like this Sony and Nokia(again) will change this too....

41. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

The difference is that even in their best day, Nokia didn't have the sort of capacity and HW control Samsung has, you have to put things into perspective. Nokia became a sloth, while Samsung are continuing to try find new sources of revenue, spending billions in R&D.

36. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

you forgot sammy is falling little by little and S4 is a so-so success. you can see how sony destroying sammy outside US, something like this: "Sony Mobile attracts ex-Samsung owners to drive UK market share" keep those $8.5B records, coz that will be there last hahahaha

38. MachidoDen

Posts: 202; Member since: May 30, 2013

sony can make it :)

42. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

How is the S4 a so-so success??? It has sold OVER 20million units in 2months, that's better than the S3 and ANY OTHER Android EVER sold. Hahahah! Sony destroying Samsung? Don't make me laugh. So Sony got a few Samsung users, what's your point? I bet there are plenty Sony, Htc, Apple etc... Users jumping to Samsung, hence why Samsung are the number 1 smartphone maker. Samsungs profits will continue to grow thanks to their specs, great update support, marketing, bargaining power and R&D.

18. MachidoDen

Posts: 202; Member since: May 30, 2013

agree "Sony Mobile attracts ex-Samsung owners to drive UK market share" this was the article which we read somedays ago

22. NokiaAndr

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 08, 2013

right :) i really want sony to come up as they are improving and providing updates

15. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Sony is eating those market share little by little icluding other brand like nookia and lenovo

20. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

they are eating even share of bad fruit also

6. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

htc is perfect. one is best 2013.

28. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

HTC One's daylight photos are comparable to that of Galaxy S and iPhone 4. Talk about being perfect.

31. NokiaAndr

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 08, 2013

htc one got nothing special and even expensive in my country when ever i talk about HTC ONe 80% of people thinks "i am talking about HTC ONe X (2012)"

33. MachidoDen

Posts: 202; Member since: May 30, 2013

+1 lol even in my country too :D

49. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

in my county they say "what?htc?where does he live?"

29. NokiaAndr

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 08, 2013

htc always same design curved corners thats it :D htc is even going more down even one can't save them

3. MachidoDen

Posts: 202; Member since: May 30, 2013

Sony u got a big chance here grab it sony :)

4. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

IMO nokia is gonna be KING now

7. MachidoDen

Posts: 202; Member since: May 30, 2013

I am talking about android Not windows In windows nokia is king Even i agree

11. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

no offence.its about whole smartphones not just one OS

13. NokiaAndr

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 08, 2013

yep nokia is king of windows but sony is improving :) no offense if its just android then yes Sony can make this round

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Don't think so. Low light camera phones is not the only thing the general consumer want, on mass level atleast. Whereas, Sony are really promising to deliver with their Honami if the specs turns out to be true !

14. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

open your eyes and read.i have written in caps "IMO". BTW lets not get started here.both phones r nt even announced

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