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Samsung wants to replace Apple as a customer with upstart Chinese smartphone producers

Samsung wants to replace Apple as a customer with upstart Chinese smartphone producers
Just as inside every box of Cracker Jack there is a prize, inside every Apple iPhone is a Samsung produced chip. But as you know from reading PhoneArena daily, Samsung and Apple aren't exactly BFFs. At a time when Samsung is increasing capacity at facilities that produce chips like the plant in Austin, Texas, Apple is looking to distance itself from the Korean based manufacturer. So what is Sammy going to do with all of that extra chip making capacity?

Stephen Woo, president of Samsung's System LSI business, which provides Apple with the processors for iOS devices, says that Samsung will look to add some Chinese smartphone manufacturers to its customer list. Goldman Sachs estimates that despite the animosity between the two firms, Samsung's AP chip sales to Apple will amount to 9.3 trillion won ($8.8 billion USD) this year although the investment firm sees that figure dropping to 2.5 trillion won next year. Goldman Sachs sees Apple cutting its AP spending with Samsung by 30% next year and by 80% by 2017.

As mentioned, Woo is looking to Chinese smartphone manufacturers to replace Apple's business. Meanwhile, Meizu's MX smartphone uses Samsung's Exynos quad-core processor and Lenovo's K860 also has an Exynos processor under the hood. The problem for Samsung is that it is still dependent on sales to Apple and the use of its Exynos line for the Samsung Galaxy S III and other high-end Samsung models.

One area where Samsung might buy its way into is baseband, which works with the radios in a mobile device. Woo said that the company is looking for possible acquisitions in this area and considers it an important area. Qualcomm is the current market leader with 50% market share. Woo adds that Samsung is not interested in trying to crack the desktop or server market controlled by Intel. Woo said, "For the time being, our focus will pretty much be on enhancing our AP offering, especially for high-end mobile devices." 

Earlier on Thursday, Samsung introduced its new 8 core Exynos 5 Octa processor. While 4 cores do the heavy lifting, the remaining 4 handle light housekeeping to conserve battery life.

source: Reuters

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