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Apple updated MacBook Pro with faster 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors, bringing eight cores to MacBook Pro for the first time. MacBook Pro now delivers two times faster performance than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro, making it the fastest Mac notebook ever.1 These new processors, combined with powerful graphics, the brilliant and colourful Retina display, super-fast SSDs, the Apple T2 Security Chip, all-day battery life and macOS, make MacBook Pro the world’s best pro notebook.

 

“Whether it’s college students mastering a course of study, developers building world-class apps or video editors creating feature films, we’re constantly amazed at what our customers do with their MacBook Pro,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac Product Marketing. “Now with 8-core processors for an incredible performance boost, along with its stunning Retina display, fast storage, all-day battery life and running macOS, MacBook Pro continues to be the world’s best pro notebook and we can’t wait to get it into our customer’s hands to see what they do next.”

 

MacBook Pro delivers up to two times faster performance across pro applications.

 

Powerful Performance Boost for Pro Workloads

MacBook Pro is more powerful than ever for compiling code, processing high-resolution images, rendering 3D graphics, editing multiple streams of 4K video and more. The 15-inch MacBook Pro now features faster 6- and 8-core Intel Core processors, delivering Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar features faster quad-core processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.7 GHz.

 

When compared to the fastest quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro, the new MacBook Pro with 8-core processors is up to two times faster, so:

  • Music producers can play back massive multi-track projects with up to two times more Alchemy plug-ins in Logic Pro X.
  • 3D designers can render scenes up to two times faster in Maya Arnold.
  • Photographers can apply complex edits and filters up to 75 percent faster in Photoshop.
  • Developers can compile code up to 65 percent faster in Xcode.
  • Scientists and researchers can compute complex fluid dynamics simulations up to 50 percent faster in TetrUSS.
  • Video editors can edit up to 11 simultaneous multi-cam streams of 4K video in Final Cut Pro X.

 

 

 

The world’s best pro notebook is now more powerful than ever.

 

The World’s Best Pro Notebook

Along with these powerful new processors, MacBook Pro features the best Mac notebook display ever, a stunning Retina display with 500 nits of brightness, support for the P3 wide colour gamut and True Tone technology, for a natural, true-to-life viewing experience. It also comes with incredibly immersive stereo speakers with wide-stereo sound, the security and convenience of Touch ID, dynamic and contextual controls with Touch Bar and a large Force Touch trackpad. MacBook Pro also features blazing fast SSD storage, the Apple T2 Security Chip for enhanced security, and powerful and versatile Thunderbolt 3 ports for data transfer, charging and connecting up to two 5K displays or four external GPUs.

Stunning Retina display with 500 nits of brightness and P3 wide colour delivers a true-to-life viewing experience.

 

 

macOS Mojave

All new Macs come with macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, with features inspired by pros but designed for everyone. In Mojave, Dark Mode transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on user content, Stacks organises messy desktops by automatically stacking files into neat groups and FaceTime supports group calling. Mojave also brings iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home to the Mac and features a redesigned Mac App Store with rich editorial content and the addition of apps from top developers, including Microsoft and Adobe.

MacBook is powered by macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system.

 

 

Pricing and Availability

Starting at $1,799 and $2,399 respectively, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro are available today through apple.com, the Apple Store app and in select Apple Stores and Apple Authorised Resellers later this week. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at apple.com/mac.

 

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  • QLED Has Taken On Competing Technology in A Big Way.
  • 8K – Set to Change How We Experience Reality.
  • The Content Experience Has Given Consumers More Choice.
  • How Samsung is Different.

Samsung has been a pioneer in TV design for 50 years. Over that time, Samsung has researched what people love most about TV – the way it brings friends and families together and the many details that amplifies the viewing experience. This knowledge has led to innovation that has transformed how people watch TV and is one of the reasons it has been global number 1 for the 13 years. The 2019 QLED line-up builds on this legacy in a big way.

 

“Pictures that are as breath-taking as they are ground-breaking” is how Forbes Magazine described the Samsung QLED TV it reviewed in February this year. This is a sentiment that has been echoed by reviewers around the world. TechRader addressed the QLED versus OLED debate by citing the Samsung 65Q90R as ‘’Capable of competing with and often surpassing even the best OLED’s.” Powered by Samsung’s patented Quantum Processor, the 2019 QLED TV line-up features more screen size options, stunning picture quality enhancements, dazzling colours from every angle, exciting new design elements and intuitive smart TV upgrades.

 

QLED is Leading the Way

 

QLED TVs use quantum dots to enhance performance, delivering better brightness and a wider colour spectrum. That’s because the dots act like a filter when applied on top of an LED backlight. This produces a light purer than an LED can provide. Beyond TV viewing, QLED is also the best for gaming as it has the fastest refresh times, which could be the difference between victory and losing your last lifeline. QLED TVs are also far brighter than current OLED TVs. For example, the 65” Q90 can push out a peak measured light output (on a white HDR window filling 10% of the screen) of 2050 nits. That’s seriously impressive.

 

QLED Beats the Burn

 

And the innovation doesn’t stop at just the quality of the overall picture but on its impressive performance in another crucial area that requires everyone’s attention. Since QLED TVs don’t use organic elements, they are essentially immune to screen burn-in. This is a display issue in which certain facets of an image shown on a TV screen, such as a channel logo are either not shown properly, or fragments of that image remain on the screen. It then appears longer, as though it is embedded onto the display. This has been cited as one of the crucial flaws of OLED TV display technology. In fact, a quick search for “OLED Burn-in” on YouTube shows the high volume of criticism from those who have experienced the issue first-hand, as well as a number of burn-in tests, which compare Samsung’s QLED TV and OLED TV to demonstrate how the two displays differ on this very critical concern. Clearly, Samsung has mastered an area that can impact viewing in a big way.

 

8K Pushes the Boundaries of Possibility

 

Samsung has declared 2019 the year of the ‘ultra-high definition 8K era’. With Samsung 8K QLED every scene is amazingly vivid and real. It’s like 3D without the glasses. With more colours than the human eye can see, infinite details and optimised audio you see, feel and hear as if the scene has come to life in front of you. Of course, because 8K is still new technology, Samsung’s intelligent Quantum Processor 8K can convert what you watching, depending on the source content, into an enhanced version with improved details and sharpened definition. This means more crystal clear and precise images with reduced noise and sharpened definition. It’s like an instant upgrade of everything you’ve seen before. Together with 8K resolution, Samsung’s HDR technology delivers maximum brightness to the scenes’ settings and conditions in the room you’re watching in. And with fewer visible pixels, you enjoy the feeling of pure immersion—even when you’re closer to the TV. This means everyone in the room has the same incredible experience at the same time.

 

Consumers Now Have Access to More Content Than Ever

 

As announced at CES 2019, Samsung has taken the user experience to the next level by offering iTunes Movies and TV Shows and Apple AirPlay 2 support on 2019 Samsung Smart TV models. In an industry first, a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app is available on the QLED range. It works seamlessly with Samsung’s Smart TV Services, the new Voice Command and Search, to create a consistent experience across Samsung’s platform. With AirPlay 2 support, Samsung customers will be able to effortlessly play videos, photos, music, podcasts and more from Apple devices directly to Samsung Smart TVs, including QLED 4K and 8K TVs as well as other Samsung UHD and HD models. Additionally, it works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

 

Our 2019 QLED line is designed for users who want the best combination of picture quality, smart TV capabilities and design. This year’s line-up represents our largest screen size offering ever. It brings together innovative feature enhancements and exciting content and service partnerships to deliver a truly ground-breaking viewing experience and unprecedented value.

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Huawei Mobile Services held the first Developer Day in Europe, celebrating the existing and new partnerships by showcasing the common vision of the future, and the unstoppable growth of our jointly built consumer services, including top quality content discovery through user-centric storytelling, improved technical capabilities for developers, AI-powered tools, and much more. Huawei also announced HUAWEI Ability Gallery, bringing next generation intelligent connection between developers and users.

 

“Huawei Mobile Services are designed to enhance our users’ experience by connecting them with the most suitable content for every moment of their daily lives. This is achieved thanks to our intelligent, contextual distribution ecosystem. Partners gain access to Huawei’s fast-growing user base, whilst Huawei manages the editorial and technical optimization of our services.” said Dr. Jaime Gonzalo, Vice President of Europe Mobile Services, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

 

 

Huawei offeres a full-range apps distribution solution to developers such as OOBE (Out-of-box experience), AppGallery, AppAdvisor, etc. Huawei covers the entire application experience life cycle, and supports the story-telling of each unique content provider to a broad user group.

In line with the rapid growth of its Consumer Business and Device Groups, Huawei continues to expand its partner system to immerse and enrich each user’s mobile life with premium services.

The HUAWEI Ability Gallery is now one of the most important parts in Mobile Services’ ecosystem, serving as a platform that directly promotes services to users by assessing the users intent and actively recommending the matching “abilities”. Once integrated, developers’ services can reach multiple touch points across Huawei’s intelligent devices and a wide, global audience, helping them achieve their own growth goals in a lower integration cost.

“We provide a global intelligent distribution platform with a range of open capabilities and one-stop services for partners, to foster innovations.”, said Jervis Su, Vice President of Mobile Services, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Huawei Ability Gallery provides enormous value to users by intelligently offering faster and more convenient services, and we are looking forward to working with our premium partners to provide best-in-class content and services to our users.”

 

 

Huawei Mobile Services already gathers more than 500 million global users, including more than 38 million in Europe, with its business covering more than 170 countries. It provides a trusted, device-centric and inter-connected ecosystem that makes life easier for users, helping them to discover quality content while ensuring security and privacy.

Huawei also provides its partners with open capabilities including HMS core, HiAI, AR and Camera Kit, etc. to engage their digital innovations based on Mobile Services platform, provide intelligent one-stop services for developers and partners.

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Ahmad Farroukh, Smile Group Executive Director Operations, appointed as Group CEO; Irene Charnley, founder of Smile, appointed as Deputy Chairman.

Smile Telecoms (www.Smilecoms.com), a Pan-African telecommunications group with operations in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, today announces the appointments of Mr. Ahmad Farroukh as Group Chief Executive Officer and Ms. Irene Charnley as Deputy Chairman, respectively, effective 1 June 2019.

 

Ahmad Farroukh, who currently serves as Smile’s Group Executive Director Operations, is a seasoned and experienced telecoms executive with a distinguished record of commercial and operational success. Mr. Farroukh’s vast experience extends to executive management positions at Investcom Holdings and the MTN Group (where he served as CEO of MTN Nigeria, MTN South Africa and Group Chief Operating Executive, responsible for 19 countries) and immediately prior to joining Smile, as CEO of Mobily, Saudi Arabia’s second largest telecommunications operator. Given the extent of the opportunity and the significance to Smile, Ahmad will spend the majority of his executive time in Nigeria.

 

Hailed as one of Africa’s most successful business leaders, Smile Telecoms founder and shareholder, Irene Charnley has led the Company’s innovation and pioneering of Africa’s first 4G LTE network infrastructure, using low band spectrum in 800MHz band. thereby revolutionizing the way people in Africa accessed high speed internet. After 12 years at the helm, Ms. Charnley will now serve as Deputy Chairman for the Company and will fulfil a strategic role.

 

Commenting on the announcement, Mohammed H. Sharbatly, Smile’s Co-Chairman and Group CEO of Smile’s majority shareholder, Al Nahla Group of KSA, said “The Africa telecoms market is as dynamic as it is challenging, and Ahmad is suited to lead Smile’s next exciting phase of growth, as we have transitioned from a spectrum rich upstart to the fastest, most reliable data gigabyte factory in Sub-Sahara Africa. We are equally delighted that Irene will continue to serve the company she founded as Deputy Chair, and we look forward to her ongoing strategic direction and guidance.”

 

“The next phase for Smile will focus on delivering excellent operational returns, achieving profitability and creating value for all stakeholders, and I believe that Ahmed is best suited to lead the Company forward in this regard”, added Irene Charnley.

“Africa is experiencing explosive data growth, and I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead the operations of one of the continent’s best 4G LTE networks at this exciting time. It has also been a revelation after over 20 years in the industry to witness the power and versatility of Smile’s proprietary technology applications platform, which was developed in-house and provides a huge competitive and cost advantage,” concluded Ahmad Farroukh.

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How Galaxy A is Connecting with Mothers

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The Galaxy A series has a surprisingly perfect market in South African moms

 

 

Mum’s have less time than ever before
• Technology needs to adapt to different mum’s needs
• Galaxy provides caters to specific needs and budgets

 

As any mum will tell you, when a woman becomes a mum she has to squeeze a dozen more hours into her day. The trade-off is fewer hours for herself. Whether she’s a helicopter mum, BFF mummy or career mum, smartphones have at least helped to ease the burden of ticking off the impossible number of tasks on her to-do list. And if saving money is on her list, the Galaxy A Series offers the unique opportunity to own a phone that has the flagship features she wants, while still staying on top of her home’s budget. The Galaxy A Series includes immersive viewing experiences, longer lasting performance and ground-breaking cameras.

 

“Galaxy A is designed to provide an option for everyone, whether for first-time mobile users or value-seekers,” said Justin Hume, Director: Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa.” We focussed on the needs of the local market and have researched the unique preferences to bring the flagship experience to more people, in more ways.”

 

While the A Series now has wide appeal to everyone, it really makes a difference to mums. Whether at home, out and about or at the office, the Galaxy A really delivers. Of course not all mums have the same needs. Some are struggling to get a few minutes sleep as they grapple with their new-born’s sleeping cycle. Others spent hours teaching their little learner about subjects even they’re unsure about. And some find themselves staring at a moody teen wondering what happened to their cute bundle of joy.

The A Series caters to all these needs; the pixel perfect pictures needed to capture the precious moments, vivid, immersive screens to enjoy any downtime that’s available and long lasting battery to keep going despite having a million things to do. All you need to do is choose the A Series device that best suits your specific needs. It’s all about amazing value. Whether you choose the entry level A2 Core with its 5-inch screen and surprisingly strong processor or the power packed performances of the rest of Galaxy A, the whole series is a mum’s best friend.

 

Designed for those on-the-go, the A20 and A30 are both equipped with a powerful 4,000mAh, fast charging battery. They are also a visual feast. The edge-to-edge 6.4”, Super AMOLED Infinity-U displays are ideal for watching videos, messaging, gaming and browsing the endless stream of ‘How to’ videos. Created for a more seamless mobile experience, they include advanced camera features such as a dual camera, including an amazing Ultra Wide-angle lens, that can see more than your own eyes can. Yes, even wider than the most eagle-eyed mum’s eyes. And to keep your precious pics safe, there’s the simple, secure access with intuitive Face Unlock.

 

Ultimately, the entire A series is power-packed with innovations and upgrades to do so much. When compared to competitors in its price category, the A series is an all-round winner for every type of mum.

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The B-BBEE ICT Sector Council welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, that the shares held by government in Telkom will count as having BEE Facilitator Status.

The B-BBEE ICT Sector Council (the ICT Sector Council) was established in 2015 to give effect to the alignment of the ICT Sector Code with the Revised Generic Codes of Good Practice and to thereafter take responsibility for transformation within the ICT Sector. The Amended ICT Sector Code came into force on 7 November 2016 and covers entities in the Broadcasting, Electronics, Information Technology and Telecommunications sub-sectors. Telkom SA SOC Ltd (Telkom) is a measured entity in terms of the Amended ICT Sector Code, recognised as a BEE Level 4 Contributor for the period 2018/2019.

 

Following the publication of Notice 58 of 2019 dated 1 February 2019, the ICT Sector Council investigated the origin of the application for BEE Facilitator Status and consulted with stakeholders to establish the potential implications of such status for transformation within the Sector.

 

The ICT Sector Council understands the unique position of Telkom insofar as ownership is concerned, with the SA Government as a shareholder. The ICT Sector Council is sympathetic towards Telkom’s wish to achieve recognition as a BEE Contributor at the best possible level in order to be competitive and to support transformation in the supply chain. It is our understanding of the BEE Facilitator Status that it is intended to enable measured entities that benefit from public funding that is secured by shares in such entities to have the Black ownership of these shares recognised.

 

Mr Andile Tlhoaele, Chairperson of the ICT Sector Council, confirmed that this would improve Telkom’s BEE rating and enable it to compete fairly in the market. “The ICT Sector Council had engaged with Telkom and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services to support this move and is delighted that Telkom can move forward with transforming the telecommunications sub-sector,” added Tlhoaele

 

The ICT Sector Council is responsible for developing, reviewing and publishing the B-BBEE Amended ICT Sector Code (the ICT Sector Code). The ICT Sector Council is also mandated to monitor the implementation of the ICT Sector Code and report its progress to Honourable Minister Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Advisory Council on BEE, Honourable Minister Dr Rob Davies and the B-BBEE Commissioner Ms Zodwa Ntuli.

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Apple TV App Brings Together Favourite Shows and Movies from Apple TV Channels, iTunes and Over 150 Video Apps

 

The all-new Apple TV app, which brings together all the ways to watch TV into one app, is available starting today in over 100 countries across iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and select Samsung smart TVs.

 

 

With the free iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 software update, customers around the world can now subscribe to Apple TV channels within the Apple TV app — paying for only the ones they want — and watch on demand directly in the app. In the US, Apple TV channels include popular services such as HBO, Starz, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade and new services like MTV Hits, with more to be added over time around the world.1

 

 

Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share subscriptions to Apple TV channels using just their Apple ID and password. Subscribers can watch and download shows and movies both online and offline, making the Apple TV app the first and only place where HBO subscribers can download movies and shows such as “Game of Thrones” for offline viewing.

 

 

Also starting today, users worldwide can enjoy personalised recommendations of shows and movies from more than 150 video apps and streaming services and over 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows, including the largest collection of 4K HDR titles available to browse, buy or rent — all within the new Apple TV app. The Watch Now section features Up Next, where users can quickly find and watch their favourites with activity synced across devices, as well as explore expertly curated collections based on a secure and comprehensive understanding of users’ viewing interests.

 

 

Customers can also enjoy a new, dedicated Kids section, highlighting editorially handpicked shows and movies for kids of all ages, alongside the breakthrough Sports section that makes it easy to find games and receive notifications about favourite teams and leagues. Additionally, customers can find their purchased movies and shows from iTunes in the redesigned Library tab, now organised by Recently Added, Downloaded, Genres and more.

 

 

Availability

  • The all-new Apple TV app is available today for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV customers in over 100 countries with iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3, and will be available on Mac this fall.

  • Starting today, the Apple TV app offering Apple TV channels and iTunes movies and TV shows will also be available on all 2019 Samsung smart TVs and select 2018 models.
  • Also starting today, customers with AirPlay 2-enabled Samsung smart TVs can effortlessly play videos and other content from their iPhone, iPad or Mac directly to their smart TVs. Customers must update to iOS 12.3 or macOS 10.14.5 to play or mirror to AirPlay 2-enabled smart TVs.
  • Customers with eligible VIZIO, LG and Sony smart TVs will be able to enjoy AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support later this year.
  • This fall, Apple TV+, Apple’s original video subscription service, will be available in the Apple TV app.

 

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Samsung has announced its strategic partnership with Syte to power the first native visual AI marketplace within Samsung devices – ground-breaking technology which is now expanding to South Africa. Syte’s visual AI technology will be powering Bixby Vision’s Shopping Assistant, enabling users to browse and shop visually similar products directly from their camera and through a gallery of similar products including Superbalist, Zando, Cotton On, Wantitall, Homechoice and Bid or Buy.

 

“South Africa has enthusiastic consumers that expect engaging and convenient experiences that fit their lifestyle. We therefore decided to expand our partnership with Syte so our devices deliver just that. With visual search, South Africans can shop with ease, and connect better with their favourite retailers and brands and vice versa,” said Justin Hume, Director: Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa.

 

Syte retail clients will populate the shopping results, which means unprecedented access to high quality, purchase-ready traffic to retailers. Samsung aims to create the first visual AI ecosystem, where real-life inspiration leads directly to product discovery and purchase, all powered by Syte’s leading visual AI technology for retail. In a strategic decision by Samsung and Syte, the retailers that appear on the shoppable feed will create a consistent experience driven by visual inspiration, all the way from snapping a picture to check-out.

 

“We are thrilled that more and more consumers are going to experience the power of visual search. Our partnership with Samsung and its expansion to South Africa are meaningful achievements for us. By powering the end-to-end journeys of shoppers, we bring more value and increase the engagement between our retail clients and consumers,” said Ofer Fryman, CEO of Syte.

 

Ultimately, Samsung’s Bixby is being enhanced in many innovative ways. With Bixby Vision already built into the camera on select Samsung devices, you can translate foreign languages, identify landmarks or businesses to learn more about them and even keep track of calories so that each meal fits into your health goals. Along with Bixby Shopping, Samsung continues to push the boundaries of artificial intelligence even further. As a human-centred company, this is all aligned to Samsung’s greater vision of helping people ‘Do What You Can’t’.

 

Supported devices for Bixby Vision and Shopping include Galaxy S10+/S10/ S10eS9/S9+Note8/S8/S8+/A7 2018/A5 2018

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Reports quarterly operating profit of KRW 6.2 trillion (R76.3 million) on sales of KRW 52.4 trillion (R64.54 million)

 

Samsung reported financial results for the first quarter ended 31 March 2019. The Company posted KRW 52.4 trillion (R64.54 million) in consolidated quarterly revenue and KRW 6.2 trillion (R76.3 million) in quarterly operating profit. First quarter earnings were weighed down by the weakness in memory chips and displays, although the newly launched Galaxy S10 smartphone logged solid sales.

The Semiconductor business saw a drop in memory chip prices as inventory adjustments continued at datacentre companies, while demand for high-density memory for mobile phones increased thanks to new flagship smartphones. Earnings improved at the System LSI and Foundry businesses over the sales of smartphone application processors (APs). The Display Panel Business reported a quarterly loss due to decreased demand for flexible displays and increasing market supplies for large displays.

 

In the IT & Mobile Communications (IM) Division, despite solid sales of the Galaxy S10, profitability in the mobile business declined YoY as competition intensified in the low- to mid-range segment. In addition, amid softer demand in the overall smartphone market, revamping of the Company’s mass-market line-up led to a YOY decrease in sales volume. Earnings from the Network Business increased, buoyed by the launch of 5G telecommunication service in Korea. Sales of premium TVs such as QLED TVs and ultra-large size models contributed to the YOY earnings growth in the Consumer Electronics (CE) Division.

 

Looking ahead to the second quarter, Samsung expects limited improvement in the memory chip market, as demand will likely begin to improve for major applications such as mobile products but price declines will likely continue. Demand is seen increasing for APs and CMOS Image Sensors in the System LSI and Foundry businesses. For Displays, Samsung expects higher demand for rigid panels. The IM Division is set to focus on flagship products such as the world’s first 5G smartphone and the enhanced mass-market lineup with innovative cameras and display features. The CE Division is likely to report growth in the second quarter on strong seasonal demand for air conditioners and sales of new premium TVs. For the second half of 2019, the company expects memory chip demand for high-density products to increase but uncertainties in the external environment will persist. A further recovery is seen for the Display Business as demand for flexible screens is set to rise on new smartphone launches

 

Growing competition in the mature TV and smartphone markets is expected to pose a challenge in the second half and Samsung will focus on strengthening its leadership in the premium segment. Over the mid- to long-term, the Company aims to strengthen competitiveness of key businesses by diversifying applications and delivering innovations in components and new device form factors. Samsung will also continue to expand its capabilities in automotive technology, leveraging HARMAN’s solutions and in artificial intelligence. In the first quarter, Samsung’s capital expenditure totaled KRW 4.5 trillion (R55.4 million), including KRW 3.6 trillion (R44.3 million) spent on semiconductors and KRW 0.3 trillion (R3.6 million) on displays.

 

Semiconductor Sees 2H Demand Improvement Despite Uncertainties

 

The Semiconductor business posted consolidated revenue of KRW 14.47 trillion (R178.2 million) and operating profit of KRW 4.12 trillion (R50.75 million) for the quarter. Overall, the Memory business saw demand for NAND and DRAM steadily weaken amid macroeconomic uncertainties, weak seasonality and inventory adjustments by datacentre firms. This weakness was partially offset by increased adoption of high-density memory products for mobile and launches of flagship smartphones. In the second quarter, the overall memory market is likely to remain slow during weak seasonality, although the company expects demand for some applications to gradually improve. For NAND, demand for high-density server SSD such as All-Flash-Array is expected to increase, while launches of high-end smartphones with 256GB and higher storage will likely keep demand stable in the second quarter. For the second half, NAND demand is expected to grow across key applications as prices soften. Samsung will seek to actively generate new demand while responding to customer demand for high-density memory and also strengthen cost competitiveness by expanding supply of 5th generation V-NAND.

 

For DRAM, server demand will likely improve among datacentre companies with lower inventory levels, starting from the end of the second quarter. PC demand is seen increasing, while high-density adoption in new smartphone models is set to help demand for mobile DRAM. The company plans to actively address demand for differentiated high-end products, such as LPDDR4X for mobile devices, while also focusing on the transition to 1Y-nm in major applications. As for the second half, DRAM demand is expected to rise thanks to seasonal effects despite lingering uncertainties. Also, demand for high-density products for server and mobile products is likely to be solid due to expanded adoption of new CPUs in servers and the trend toward high-density in mobile. Samsung plans to flexibly manage its capacity and strengthen competitiveness by ramping up production of 1Y-nm products.

 

For the System LSI Business, despite slowing demand for image sensors amid weak smartphone seasonality, earnings improved in the first quarter on the back of increased supply of APs and modems. The Company also successfully commercialised the world’s first 5G chipset solution. In the second quarter, earnings for the business are expected to improve slightly as demand for image sensors and DDIs recovers and demand for 5G chipsets rises. In the second half, despite sluggish demand, smartphone makers are expected to continue to adopt high-spec components. Samsung plans to expand its line-up of image sensors and 5G chipset solutions to address demand for high-end mobile phones. It also plans to diversify product offerings with 3D/fingerprint-on-display sensors and chips for automotive and IoT applications.

 

For the Foundry Business, earnings were stagnant QoQ due to sluggish global foundry conditions and weak seasonality in the smartphone market. The Company began mass production of 5G and IoT mobile products by adopting the eMRAM process and secured new orders for computing chipsets through FinFET 8-nm process. Looking ahead, Samsung aims to strengthen its competitiveness through tape-out of the EUV 6-nm process and by completing 5-nm process development. In the second half, based on its mass production of EUV 7-nm process, the company will focus on developing the EUV 4-nm process and the next-generation architecture.

 

Display Sees Moderate Improvement In 2Q

 

The Display Panel Business reported KRW 6.12 trillion (R75.4 million) in consolidated revenue and KRW 0.56 trillion (R689.7 million) in operating loss in the first quarter. It posted an operating loss due to weaker profitability in both mobile and large displays. Mobile displays suffered slower demand and intensifying competition with LTPS LCDs. Large displays also took a hit from a continued decline in LCD panel prices amid weak seasonality. Looking ahead to the second quarter, Samsung expects limited improvement to earnings as demand for flexible displays is likely to remain weak. The company will focus on improving earnings by boosting sales of rigid OLEDs and offering differentiated products featuring new technology such as Infinity Display and fingerprint-on-display.

 

For large displays, the company forecasts growing demand for value-added products such as large-sized and high resolution TV panels in the second quarter, although concerns over supplies continue. It will focus on actively addressing demand for its core products, providing differentiated technology and improving cost structure. In the second half, demand for flexible smartphone OLED panels is expected to rebound although pressure on LCD panel prices will persist. Under these circumstances, Samsung will actively respond to demand from major smartphone customers and broaden its OLED business scope with new applications.
As for large displays, despite uncertainties from capacity expansions in the LCD industry, the company expects demand for the premium TV panels to continue to grow including UHD, 8K and ultra-large TVs. In response, it will strive to improve profitability by focusing on value-added products.

 

Mobile Supported by Strong Galaxy S10 Sales

 

The IT & Mobile Communications Division posted KRW 27.2 trillion (R335 million) in consolidated revenue and KRW 2.27 trillion (R33.5 million) in operating profit for the quarter. Overall market demand for smartphones decreased QoQ as the industry moved into a seasonally weak period, but Samsung reported a QoQ rise in revenue thanks to solid sales of the Galaxy S10. However, growth in smartphone shipments was limited as sales of previous models fell due to a line-up reorganisation of mid- to low-end products. Increased expenses from adoption of high-end features, marketing and the line-up revamp pressured profitability. Earnings for the Networks Business also improved thanks to the commercial launch of 5G in South Korea. Looking ahead to the second quarter, as weak seasonality continues, market demand for smartphones is expected to increase slightly QoQ. Samsung will strengthen its product line-up through innovations such as Galaxy S10 5G and Galaxy A80 and continued reorganisation of its product offerings.

 

For the second half, despite intensified market competition, Samsung expects smartphone sales to increase led by new models in all segments from the Galaxy A series to the Galaxy Note amid strong seasonality. In the premium segment, the Company will strengthen its leadership through the new Galaxy Note as well as its innovative products such as 5G and foldable smartphones. Samsung also aims to secure profitability by improving cost efficiency. For the Networks Business, Samsung will strive to maintain solid performance in the second quarter on commercialisation of 5G as well as expansion of overseas LTE networks. In the second half, the Company will continue to expand LTE networks globally and supply 5G equipment for markets such as South Korea and the United States.

 

Consumer Electronics Eyes High-Value Products for Growth

 

The Consumer Electronics Division, which includes the Visual Display and Digital Appliances businesses, recorded KRW 10.04 trillion (R128 million) in consolidated revenue and KRW 0.54 trillion (R665 million) in operating profit for the first quarter of 2019. Earnings for the Visual Display Business fell QoQ as the global TV market entered a slow season, but improved YoY thanks to the early adoption of new models. The expansion of premium product sales contributed, as Samsung solidified its global leading position in premium and ultra-large screen TVs. Demand for TVs in the second quarter is projected to weaken slightly due to softening demand from emerging markets. Sales are also seen decreasing from a year earlier because of a lack of global sporting events this year. The Company will seek to improve results through further expanding the sales of high-value-added products such as QLED TVs and bringing forward the introduction of new models. For the Digital Appliance Business, despite a slower global demand, growth in the domestic market has been robust with demand centering on new lifestyle home appliances such as garment refreshers and air purifiers. For the second quarter, the company plans to improve its performance by bolstering sales of air conditioners, expected to be in peak demand thanks to the summer season.

 

Looking ahead to the second half of 2019, the TV market is projected to grow slightly YoY despite global economic challenges. Demand for appliances is also expected to rise compared with the first half as political tensions surrounding global trade ease.

 

 

 

 

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At a function, held in Johannesburg yesterday, Samsung announced its R280 million Equity Equivalent Investment Programme (EEIP), projected to have a measurable impact on job creation and a contribution of nearly R1 billion to the South African economy at large. EEIP is an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) where multinational companies that are unable to sell equity in South Africa are invited to participate and contribute positively towards B-BBEE and development of South Africa. The announcement event, which was addressed by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, through a video, as well as the President and CEO of Samsung Africa, Mr. Sung Yoon, followed Samsung’s recent commitments to long term investment in South Africa.

According to Minister Davies, the Samsung South Africa’s Equity Equivalent investment amounts to almost R280 Million over 10 years. It joins nine other multinationals that have been approved for a value of R2.2 billion collectively. The programme has to date resulted in the creation of over 3 000 direct and indirect jobs.

 

The Samsung plan will create and address key developmental aspects linked to the National Development Plan (NDP) and overall transformation of our economy. These include the Black industrialisation through e-Waste recycling, beneficiation research and development in partnership with Mintek, which is a first for Africa, where a beneficiation plant is planned to be built and maintained by South Africans, and operated by a Black entrepreneur, enterprise development, and the development of township economies through Accredited Services Centres and software development.

 

 

“We are delighted that the Samsung EEIP will have the following measurable impacts on the South African economy: it will result in the creation of 262 direct jobs; it will allow the emergence of a new Black Industrialist; it will support 13 black-owned and women-owned businesses and will contribute R945 million to the economy. We are happy that the dti has contributed and supported Samsung in the design and development of this programme that will result in the establishment of five accredited service centres that are black and women-owned. These will be providing repair service to all kinds of brands of consumer electronics, hand-held devices, air-conditioning and refrigerators,” said Minister Davies.

 

The Director of Business Innovation Group and Corporate Affairs at Samsung South Africa, Mr Hlubi Shivanda added: “We believe our EEIP strategy will help alleviate the many challenges the nation faces. Our alignment with the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 is part of our statement of intent. The fact is, Samsung is firmly committed to growing South Africa through socio-economic change and has dedicated the necessary resources and time to create a future, which was once merely a dream.”

 

The approved Samsung SA’s EEIP has an integrated approach, which means that Samsung will be an integral partner in the creation of the first and only black-owned and operated e-waste beneficiation plant in Africa that can separate Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE). The company has also opted for a strategic partnership-aligned model to achieve greater impact. In this regard Samsung has partnered with government departments such as DEA, DHE, DTPS and the IDC. UWC has been selected as anchor partner for the development of black application development skills. Additionally, a partnership with Microsoft AppFactory will provide real experience to supplement the theoretical knowledge gained by beneficiaries at UWC. Mintek will be Samsung’s technology partner for e-Waste beneficiation.

 

Ultimately, The Samsung SA EEIP will make a measurable difference to socio-economic development of black South Africans. The alignment with the overarching objectives of the NDP Vision for 2030, B-BBEE policy, Industrial Policy Action Plan, as well as the Gauteng Township Economy Revitalisation Strategy is set to make a difference by; strengthening government’s Black Industrialisation Programme, driving a culture of innovation through digital solutions, enhancing entrepreneurship development, job creation and township economic development and technical skills development to contribute to much needed skills in the country and raise the prospects of employability.

 

Samsung will continue to pursue opportunities where people can become meaningfully engaged in the economy and in doing so, have a positive impact on their families, communities and therein, the entire nation.

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