Samsung Electronics announced its first half year financial report for January to June, 2017 and posted a 61% gain year-onyear to 23.9 trillion Korean won (about US$21.29 billion) in operational profit. Over 20 financial analysts forecast the operational profit for the whole year to December 2017 will record high at 51 trillion won (US$45.44 billion). For the six month period, it seems that of DRAM took 30%, NAND flash memory 15% taking advantage of short supply of memories for smartphones and servers. On top of that, the company has added the profit of OLED panels for smartphones on the good going of the profit, as it seems to have started shipment of the panels to Apple at the end of May to early June. Some analysts estimate Samsung will ship approximately 80 million to 90 million units during 2017, which will be 170 million units in 2018. The profitability of DRAMs is very high reaching to about 60% in the profitability on sales. Samsung seems to draw a picture to leave Toshiba behind in the flash memory improvement race by investing money earned in the DRAM business.
Japanese MNC SHARP, recently launched a new smartphone AQUOS S2, which is currently available in the Chinese markets. It features a 5.5-inch, 100% bezel less display. SHARP AQUOS S2 with three bezels is currently the largest full screen smartphone. The company announced that it will continuously explore the field of 100% bezel less screen phone. SHARP aims at achieving technology breakthroughs in screen and anti-dropping technologies. The dimensions of AQUOS S2 are: 141.8 x 72 x 7.9 mm and it weighs 140 g (approximately). The smartphone is backed by a 3020mAh battery. It offers two variants - 4GB and 6GB RAM, providing internal memory of 64GB and 128GB respectively. The new AQUOS S2 is available in White, Black, Blue and Green colour variants. Sharing his thoughts at the launch, CEO of SHARP/InFocus Mobile- Dr. Luo Zhongsheng said, “The core of full screen design is to break through the technology limit, achieve the double sense of holding and visual comfort, and provide the ultimate experience for users.”
Canon India Pvt. Ltd expanded its PIXMA printer series with the launch of two new models - PIXMA TS3170 and PIXMA E3170. The new PIXMA printers are equipped with a segmentLCD display with intuitive icons that guide the user through all operations; from wireless setup to making multiple copies using different document sizes. The operation panel of the printers feature one-touch switching to direct wireless connection and back to standard network infrastructure mode. Both the printers feature a fingerprint and scratch resistant glossy grid pattern. TS3170 is best suited for occasional printing and is compatible with affordable cartridge - Canon PG-745s and CL-746S. PIXMA E3170 is best suited for everyday printing and is compatible with ink efficient cartridges PG-47 and Cl-57s which provides low cost printing of up to 400 monochrome documents and 180 color documents. PIXMA TS3170 and PIXMA E3170 are available at the cost of INR 4,995 and INR 5,995 respectively.