Record Samsung revenue buoyed by foldables, expect cheaper 5G phones and 200MP cameras in 2022
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Samsung earned the equivalent of about $11.5 billion in operating profit last quarter on record $63.7 billion of revenue. For the full year, the company scored another revenue record of $232 billion and $43 billion in operating profit. That record flied on the wings of its semiconductors as has become customary in the last few years, yet the mobile business, now called Mobile eXperience (MX) notched a very good quarter, too.
Buoyed by the holiday sales success of its foldable Fold and Flip phone lines, as well as the Galaxy S series, Samsung notched $24 billion in consolidated revenue and $2.2 billion in operating profit from its mobile and network divisions. The launch of the Galaxy S22 models next month could only strengthen that trend in the first quarter of the year, too.
While that kind of operating profit is still a far cry from Apple's billions that come directly from iPhone sales, it's also a testament for Samsung's foldable phones strategy success and market acceptance, despite that spending on ads to popularize the nascent category weighed on the profit margins:
As far as 2022 is concerned, Samsung sounds pretty optimistic about its device roadmap going forward, expecting to "solidify its leadership in the flagship market by accelerating innovations and differentiated experiences such as Galaxy S and foldable series."
The company also plans to work on increasing the "competitiveness of mass-market 5G lineup," which could only mean that we'll see more features added to midrange and even budget 5G phones going forward.
Samsung also expects "new smartphones by its major customers and a growing customer base in the foldable display" to boost its mobile screen panels business in Q1 which could only mean that there will be more foldable phones with Samsung-made displays will be coming our way very soon.
Last but not least the part-making business of Samsung that develops phone components "hopes to see its performance grow further by maximizing supply of 5G SoCs for the volume zone and 108- and 200-megapixel sensors" this year. Yay, cheaper 5G phones and handsets with record 200MP resolution cameras seem to be on tap for 2022 and both get us excited each in its own way.