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Samsung confirms all time high $7.3bn profit for Q3 2012

Samsung has put up a new personal best $7.3bn profit for Q3 2012. This is the highest quarterly profit in the companies' history, and much of it is likely fueled by the popularity of the Galaxy S III and other Android devices. Of course, being one of the leaders for high-end TVs certainly did not hurt their bottom line either. Samsung actually doubled their profit from Q3 last year. However, they do not expect that to continue through next quarter. Samsung is indicating high levels of competition from the iPhone 5 will play a major factor in their expected profit going forward. There is also the potential billion dollar bill Samsung could face if none of their appeals in the Apple trademark infringement case work. Besides possibly paying a large sum to Apple, Samsung also intends to ramp up marketing, which can prove quite costly in the short term. The $200 billion smartphone market is obviously competitive, and marketing plays a key role in making a device stand out. Because Samsung is expecting to turn $25bn in profit for the entirety of 2012, they will also be faced with much higher performance bonus payouts for its employees. This will cause Samsung's bottom line to take yet another hit. Still, a record setting quarter is most certainly not a bad thing, and Samsung is clearly in a position to remain among the top electronics companies in the world. [via SlashGear]

Samsung strikes Apple with iPhone 5 lawsuit and freed Galaxy Tab 10.1

The patent lawsuits never slow down. Now Samsung is coming at the Apple for their iPhone 5 with suits on eight different patents. Shockingly, none of them involve the use of 4G LTE technology. This report comes hot on the heels of Samsung squeezing its Galaxy Tab 10.1 to the US market in spite of Apple's attempts to ban the device. Six of the patents involved in this suit involve utility. The other two are directly related to UMTS 3G standard-essentials. More of less, these are the same suits Samsung filed against the iPhone 4S, because the devices use similar technology in those regards. In Samsung's new filing they say, “The iPhone 5 has the same accused functionality as the previously accused versions of the iPhone, so the proof of infringement of the patents-in-suit by the iPhone 5 is the same as for other Apple devices already accused of infringement in this litigation.” Apple has plenty of time before they need to respond to the claim. The discovery phase of the investigation closes July 8, 2013. Immediately after that the claim goes into the expert discovery phase, which ends August 30, 2013. Samsung is confident it will finish its investigations by then and shall require no additional time Perhaps we will see some suits regarding 4G LTE technology added by that time. As I mentioned in the opening, there is good news on the suit front as Slashgear is reporting that the ban on Galaxy Tab 10.1 in US has been lifted. People in that territory are free to purchase the tablets as Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California decided the ban is not just. Of course, Samsung has already launched the follow-up the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but they should be able to move some back stock of the original, which will help undo some of the loss. [timeline] [via Slashgear]

Samsung Galaxy SIII Display Specs Edge Out iPhone 5

In the constant "my phone is better than yours" battle, Android, and more specifically Samsung, has come out on top in the Galaxy S III versus iPhone 5 struggle. According to the noted research firm IHS, the Galaxy S III beats the iPhone 5 in terms of screen thinness and color gamut. The differences are relatively negligible, but they are there none the less. We don't want to sound negative on the iphone 5 here, as it has made some impressive leaps in screens when compared to the iPhone 4S. In fact, the screen is now just 1.5mm thick, compared to 2.1mm on the 4S. The color gamut is now 72 percent of the NTSC standard, where the 4S was only 50%. These are some impressive improvements, but it still places them behind the Galaxy S III. In the same stats, the Galaxy S III comes in at a tiny 1.1mm thick. The color gamut on the Samsung Galaxy S III is an impressive 100% of the NTSC standard. In spite of Samsung's screen coming in thinner, the iPhone 5 is 1mm thinner overall. IHS deduces that the overall difference in size could be due to a thicker battery on the S III. To put this into perspective, end users should not notice any difference when looking at the screen. We are talking about very tiny measurements that the naked eye should not be able to detect. None the less, knowing where the devices stand on a technical level is always interesting, and it looks like Samsung got the win on this one, even if it is only by a tiny margin. [timeline]
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