Samsung is the biggest mobile phone manufacturer by volume and most of those phones, it turns out, end up selling for less than $250 or $200. Insurgent competitor Apple definitely has the profits from planting fat margins onto its products. It’s also been closing the gap in shipments, but it still has a ways to go.
So, the chaebol may be taking the luxury of that ways to go by making plans to ship fewer phones next year — by up 12 percent, according to a domestic retailers group. The math comes out to about 425 million smartphones, give or take a few [...]