Samsung posts best quarter in 3 years, OLED screens demand to grow on 'innovations in smartphone form factors'


Boosted by its display orders and strong memory chip market, Samsung just announced its best quarterly results since the good old days of the Galaxy S4 and S5, as you can see in the profit graph here. The company made roughly $7.92 billion profit in Q4, on $45.4 billion of revenue, which is a whopping 50% increase year-on-year. What about the Note 7 fiasco and the $5 billion writeoff ($2.5 billion for Q4 alone) that stemmed from it? Well, it is still valid, but strong demand for Samsung's component businesses managed to successfully offset that bottom line carnage.

We can only imagine what would Samsung's quarter look like had it supervised its battery suppliers more, instead of just giving them the specifications to make one of densest packs in a mobile, and its dimensions, then trusting they have been up to the task rather than just chasing deadlines. So, what accounted for such a startling reverse in the profit situation in Q4? "Robust sales of high-end, high-performance memory products and expanded process migration in V-NAND, plus strong shipments of OLED and large-size UHD panels contributed to profitability," tips Samsung. So, everyone moving to SSDs, OLED panels and more memory for phones, and 4K displays for TVs, is mainly benefiting Samsung for now, it seems. 

Apple has reportedly ordered it 100 million OLED screens over the course of three years, and, while it is trying to diversify suppliers, Samsung will be selling those OLEDs as fast as it can make them in the next year or two at least, so expect the profits from these departments to only rise going forward. Apple will allegedly use those flexible OLED screens for an iPhone 8 with wraparound display, and the Galaxy S8 is also tipped to sport a curved screen with very high screen-to-body ratio. These are the phones Samsung may be referring to when it says in the presser that it expects demand for its flexible screens to "grow substantially from the innovations in smartphone form factors."

The mobile division also fared pretty well, all things considering, as it posted a year-on-year profit increase to $2 billion, perhaps buoyed by people alternating the Note 7 with a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, and is expected to do even better in the next few months as sales of the new A and J series commence. Another piece of good news we are seeing here is that Samsung is no more overly reliant on the flagship S series for its profits, as in the days of the Galaxy S4, for instance, and the rest of its business actually accounts for two thirds of its profits now, which can only pay off in the longer term. Also, Samsung expects that its Bixby virtual assistant that is said to debut with the S8, will be a killer feature, and bets on bringing premium features like glass waterproof chassis to its A and J series portfolio as well.


source: Samsung & Statista

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20 Comments

1. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

*grabs popcorn.....

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"Samsung is dead! All of their phones are explosive crap!"

4. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Their sales and profits prove otherwise.

8. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I know, I'm just mocking trolls.

11. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

It was in quotation marks. Wouldn't have been hard to understand.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You didn't notice the quotation marks?

3. fyah_king unregistered

So, they would've made 12 billion dollars if it wasn't for the Note 7 recall? That's pretty damn impressive, Samsung.

5. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Wasn't Apple's 4th quarter 9 billion? If those figures are correct then Samsung would have exceeded Apple. Is there an error?

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They've done it before so it isn't impossible. Apple makes money from largely one product while Samsung has thousands so they're in a better position than Apple.

6. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 593; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Guess people needed Samsungs RAM and Amoled Displays which is great for Samsung, so before people start bashing Samsung remember that your phone is full of samsung made components.

7. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Corruption at its best.

9. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Takes one to know one...

10. peace247 unregistered

You're funny plastic.

13. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

His name is plastic because that is what his brain is made out of.

15. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

He's a troll . Secretly he loves Samsung.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

50% plastic 50% sh1t just like his name

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Even fans of any phoen said plastic phones are sh1t. So his name is perfect!.

12. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Do you have enough tissue papers for your tears?

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Does Metamucil work on plasticsh1t?

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

When it comes to electrnics, the list or products that don't have anything Samsung inside is very low. My last HP Envy (2014) used Samsung RAM and Samsung 256GB SSD (PCB SSD). My newest HP had Samsung RAM and SSD, but the company I bought it from (not HP) removed those and added better options at a similat cost. So instead of a Samsung 256GB SSD, I got a 512GB SSD from LITEON and 32GB of DDR4 RAM vs Samsung's 16GB. I am glad they swapped it per se. But I just bought this and can't wait to install it -https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-960-EVO-Internal-MZ-V6E1T0BW/dp/B01LXS4TY6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1485291774&sr=8-2&keywords=samsung+1tb+ssd+m.2 Samsung makes the best stuff, no matter what Apple fans claim. They keep forgetting Samsung parts are used in the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and the Mac. Apple isnt stupid, only Apple fans are!

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