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Strong Galaxy S7 sales boost Samsung's earnings forecast

By Shawn Knight
Apr 7, 2016
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  1. Samsung on Thursday announced earnings guidance for the first quarter of 2016 that seems to suggest the South Korean technology giant got its mojo back.

    The company estimates a consolidated operating profit of roughly 6.6 trillion won ($5.7 billion) for the three-month period ending in March, good for a 10.4 percent increase from the 5.98 trillion won during the same quarter a year earlier. Revenue for the quarter is also up, likely by four percent.

    Samsung no doubt owes the shift in outlook to its latest smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and the curved-screened Galaxy S7 Edge.

    The handsets arrived on the market on March 11, nearly a month earlier than the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge did a year ago. This gives Samsung even more time on the market (and also happens to coincide with tax refund season in the US).

    As Bloomberg notes, the phones are also a bit cheaper with the marquee Galaxy S7 Edge being sold for as much as eight percent less than last year’s model. The inclusion of features like waterproofing and the return of the microSD card slot certainly didn’t hurt, either.

    It’s estimated that the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer will sell around nine million Galaxy S7 devices during its first month on the market. If the figures pan out, that’d be more than three times the number of S6 models Samsung sold in its first month in 2015.

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  2. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    That's what happens when you listen to your customers...sort of.
    They give us back our microSD card slot and in return get a lot of sales.

    They would have probably gotten my money too if they also gave us back the removable battery feature ;)
     
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,498   +2,048

    That's not an easy feat to accomplish given it's current construction materials and method. A removable battery, while alluring to some, is a non issue for most people. I guess you just can't please everybody all of the time.
     
  4. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke TS Guru Posts: 930   +354

    Sure an awful lot of effort, money and research developing these devices. Given what they charge for more memory I don't see why a microSD slot is a no-brainer. Tough to keep a beautiful slim device and have a removeable battery, but everyone I know is unhappy with battery life. I guess you can always get one of those portable batteries that can charge your phone when you can't access an outlet.
     
  5. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Guru Posts: 372   +325

    And destroy the internal battery with repetitive charging/discharging cycles, along with having two devises to charge? Yeah, no thanks, ill stick to my note 4 with its 10000 MaH battery that only gets charged once a week.
     
  6. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    Where did you get the 10k battery? I have a Note 4 as well and would love to get one as well!
     

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