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Galaxy powers Samsung to record $8.3 billion profit

A man uses Samsung Electronics' tablet Galaxy Tab 10.1 on display for customers at the company's headquarters in Seoul in this file October 7, 2011 file photo. Samsung Electronics, the world leader in mobiles and memory chips, said it likely earned a quarterly profit of $8.3 billion, as it sold close to 500 handsets a minute and as demand picked up for the flat screens it makes for mobile devices, including those for rival Apple Inc products. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak/Files

A man uses Samsung Electronics' tablet Galaxy Tab 10.1 on display for customers at the company's headquarters in Seoul in this file October 7, 2011 file photo. Samsung Electronics, the world leader in mobiles and memory chips, said it likely earned a...more

A man uses Samsung Electronics' tablet Galaxy Tab 10.1 on display for customers at the company's headquarters in Seoul in this file October 7, 2011 file photo. Samsung Electronics, the world leader in mobiles and memory chips, said it likely earned a quarterly profit of $8.3 billion, as it sold close to 500 handsets a minute and as demand picked up for the flat screens it makes for mobile devices, including those for rival Apple Inc products. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak/Files
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Tim Baxter, president for Samsung Electronics America, shows off the LED F8000, their newest flagship Smart TV at the Samsung news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Tim Baxter, president for Samsung Electronics America, shows off the LED F8000, their newest flagship Smart TV at the Samsung news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Tim Baxter, president for Samsung Electronics America, shows off the LED F8000, their newest flagship Smart TV at the Samsung news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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The company logo is displayed at the Samsung news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The company logo is displayed at the Samsung news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The company logo is displayed at the Samsung news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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Michael Abary, senior vice-president for Samsung Electronics America, shows off a Series 7 Chronos laptop at the Samsung news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Michael Abary, senior vice-president for Samsung Electronics America, shows off a Series 7 Chronos laptop at the Samsung news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Michael Abary, senior vice-president for Samsung Electronics America, shows off a Series 7 Chronos laptop at the Samsung news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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People use the Galaxy Note II after a news conference announcing Samsung's update to its phone-tablet hybrid in New York in this October 24, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Files

People use the Galaxy Note II after a news conference announcing Samsung's update to its phone-tablet hybrid in New York in this October 24, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Files

People use the Galaxy Note II after a news conference announcing Samsung's update to its phone-tablet hybrid in New York in this October 24, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Files
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Joe Stinziano, executive vice-president for Samsung Electronics America, debuts the company's new 85" Ultra High Definition (HD) television at the Samsung news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Joe Stinziano, executive vice-president for Samsung Electronics America, debuts the company's new 85" Ultra High Definition (HD) television at the Samsung news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 7, 2013....more

Joe Stinziano, executive vice-president for Samsung Electronics America, debuts the company's new 85" Ultra High Definition (HD) television at the Samsung news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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