Samsung Unloads on Apple: Tech Weekly
The S 4, Samsung's flagship phone, is only 7.9 mm thick and weighs 130 grams. That's thinner than the S 3, which is 8.6 mm thick and weighs 133 grams. The S 4 has a 5-inch screen, compared with the S 3's 4.8-inch display.
The S 4 will run version 4.2.2 of Google's (GOOG) Android operating system, codenamed Jelly Bean. The phone comes with either a 1.9-GHz quad-core processor or a 1.6-GHz octa-core processor, depending on the country.
J.K. Shin, president of Samsung's mobile-communications division, described the new phone as "a life companion for a simpler life," and said it will be available on 327 mobile operators in 155 countries by the end of April. AT&T (T) quickly announced it will carry the device, as did Sprint (S) . No pricing was announced for the phone.
Coincidentally, Google said Andy Rubin, the chief of Android, of which Samsung is a major partner, would be stepping down. Sundar Pichai, who leads the Chrome and Apps teams, will take over. "Andy's decided it's time to hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google," Google CEO Larry Page wrote in a letter.
Though Samsung isn't publicly traded in the U.S., Google slipped this week, falling 2.1% to finish at $814.30.
Unlike Samsung, Apple (AAPL) received nothing but criticism from Wall Street.
Jefferies analyst Peter Misek cut his estimates on Apple earlier in the week. He forecasts that Apple will earn $9.52 a share on $41.34 billion in revenue in the current quarter, down from $10.04 and $42.69 billion. Misek cut his price target to $420 from $500 and maintained his "hold" rating.
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich lowered his estimates to $9.66 a share from $10.05, and reduced his estimate on iPhone shipments by 1.5 million to 35.5 million. He cut iPhone numbers by 1 million to 28.5 million in the next quarter. The price target went to $550 from $600, but the "buy" rating remains unchanged.
Another Apple analyst, Sterne Agee's Shaw Wu, also decreased his Apple estimates ahead of potential product refreshes in the second half. He cut his revenue forecast to $41.3 billion from $42.9 billion for the March quarter, and lowered his earnings estimates to $10 a share from $10.25. Both fiscal 2013 and 2014 were reduced. Wu said the bigger iPhone refresh isn't likely to happen until 2014. The price target was lowered to $630 from $715, and the "buy" rating remained steady.
Still, not everyone on Wall Street is negative on Apple.