Samsung projecting it made $8.33B in profit in Q2
Of course, despite the fact that Samsung is estimating a record quarter, this is actually disappointing news because analysts hate being wrong. Reuters had polled 43 analysts on what they expected from Samsung's Q2 report, and the average profit forecast from those analysts was 10.16 trillion won (~$8.9 billion). Samsung's estimate came in at just 9.5 trillion won ($8.3 billion), so now analysts are concerned about the growth of the smartphone market.
To this, we have to just call out analysts on being ridiculous. Whatever analysts project means nothing to anyone except analysts. So, if they are wrong, it should be expected since they aren't working with real numbers but estimations based on other estimations.
If Samsung's numbers hold true, it will mark an almost $2 billion increase from Q1's $6.4 billion profit, and a $3 billion year-on-year improvement over Q2 of 2012. That's solid growth, regardless of what the analysts expected. The official numbers from Samsung are planned to be announced July 26th.