A tale of two quarters: HTC and Samsung

October 4, 2013
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By coincidence, two of the most emblematic Android manufacturers released financial results at the same time today, highlighting the massive difference between the extreme points of the Android landscape.

In one corner, Samsung just provided guidance for its third quarter, and it looks that, despite rumors of slowdown, the Korean giant is in for another record quarter. Samsung expects to rake in $9.4 billion in operating profit, an impressive 25 percent more than the same quarter last year. If the guidance proves accurate, Samsung is going to accrue revenue of $54 billion in sales this quarter. For comparison, last quarter Samsung took home $8.5 billion in operating profit and recorded $51 billion in revenue.

In September, Samsung released the Galaxy Note 3 to good reviews, though the launch hasn’t been without controversy. Still, there’s no sign that consumers are losing interest in Samsung’s high-end devices, and, with a curved screen phone coming next week, the Korean company isn’t slowing down just yet.

And then, there’s the troubled HTC, which announced its first quarterly loss since it became a publicly traded company in 2002. As expected, HTC registered a net loss of $101 million, at a dismal revenue of $1.6 billion. Year on year, revenue dropped 33 percent, reflecting HTC’s poor sales and lack of competitiveness over the past months.

HTC isn’t the first or the last mobile manufacturer to register a loss, but, unlike many of its competitors, the company doesn’t have other activities to make up for the slump in mobile revenue. The sale of the stake in Beats Electronics and, hopefully, a successful launch of the One Max may help HTC end the year in the black.

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