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Apple chips away at Samsung's turf

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 01:30

Apple's new iPhones have dented Samsung's share in South Korea. Separately, Samsung will reportedly drop Qualcomm's chips in its next smartphone. Fred Katayama reports.

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Samsung's star is shining less bright in its own Galaxy. Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones have proved so popular that it has captured record market share in Samsung's home market of South Korea. Apple's share has climbed to 33 percent of the smartphone market there as Samsung slid from around 60 percent in June to 46 percent in November, according to research firm Counterpoint. The large screen iPhone 6 Plus was Apple's entry to the category pioneered and dominated by Samsung and its Galaxy line, the smartphone-tablet combo known as the phablet. It could've been even worse for Samsung. Counterpoint analyst Tom Kang said, "If there was a better supply of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus 64 GB and 128 GB models, then Apple's share could have climbed to the 40 percent level." And there are more changes in the galaxy. Samsung is reportedly dropping Qualcomm's processors in the next version of its flagship Galaxy S smartphone. Bloomberg says the new version of Qualcomm's Snapdragon chip overheated during testing, so Samsung will use its own processors instead. That move, analysts say, could help Samsung lure more orders for its struggling foundry business from the likes of none other than archrival Apple. Qualcomm shares dropped in early trading. Apple rose slightly. In Seoul, Samsung closed higher.

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Apple chips away at Samsung's turf

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 01:30