Nokia may drop Samsung as parts supplier

It's no secret there is no love between Apple and Samsung, as the two companies have been at each other's throats for quite some time. As result of this fight, Apple is moving away from Samsung's supply lines and they are sourcing their components from other manufacturers. In further news, according to a report from Apple Insider, the Cupertino-based company isn't the only one that has trust issues with Samsung.

According to Apple Insider's sources, Nokia is also planning to abandon Samsung. The maker of the Lumia and Asha phones have relied on Samsung to supply memory chips, displays and other components essential for making smartphones. However, distrust between the two companies may soon put a stop to this.

Both Apple and Nokia are very skeptical about the "firewall" between Samsung's component business and their smartphone business. This issue even came up in the Apple v. Samsung trial last year amid concerns that Samsung is directly stealing designs and ideas from its competitors.The report cites an individual familiar with Nokia's orders from Samsung as saying:

"[Samsung has ] a record of getting orders for next-gen components, then canceling the orders. And then they show up in a Samsung phone. When you see a Samsung ‘bendy’ OLED phone, as you surely will, you are looking at something that was stolen from Nokia.”

If this rumor turns out to be true, it will be very interesting to see who Nokia will pick as their suppliers and how this will shape their business and the mobile space.

Source: Apple Insider

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Game Theory: To buy from Samsung is a Win-Win. Samsung wins because they sell their parts and Nokia win because they purchase cheap and nice components.

Deals at this level are not games they play. They have to secure supply chain very early on to build on it. They just can't jump ship in the middle because they want better pricing. There are mechanisms for price protections down the supply chain. Samsung has copied and will continue to do so. Not to say they can't innovate but it sure helps to have ideas coming across your desk from time to time. Nokia can innovate and that is why it has been said that Nokia can be true competitor to Apple in design and innovation. Hope they release a killer follow up to the lumia 920. Thinner, same screen better camera and a little narrower. HTC had it right in size with the 8X.

Sometimes you have to act like you're leaving and taking your business somewhere else in order to get a better deal in the end. We'll see where this leads things if true.

Lumia 920 expected delivery time is increased than from 2 month (germany, ordered second week of January) to 6-7...

2 months up to 6-7 months . This was a joke part. The real problem is delivery time now about 10-12 weeks. I'm really understand, how Nokia is going to solve their financial problems with such delivery times...

Ok Nokia, prove it was stolen and orders was canceled or hush up. If this was common practice at Samsung sue them...and others would of sued them as well. And if you didnt patent said stolen ideas, then whose fault is that.

Enron said,
If they do patent the ideas and sue Samsung, you'd still cry about it. Just look at Apple.

Because apple patents everything and anything. Stupid stuff like packing and rounded corners. I have said many times that Samsung was wrong in many areas concerning the Samsung/Apple trial. So your comment, assumption, about me is 100 percent wrong.

Frankly the first thing I thought when I saw the Samsung flexible screens at CES was that I saw these experimental screens from the Nokia about a year or so earlier. Nokia also had feedback from the screens so you could zoom and control games by bending the screen. So no, this would not surprise me one bit if it were true..

techbeck said,
Ok Nokia, prove it was stolen and orders was canceled or hush up. If this was common practice at Samsung sue them...and others would of sued them as well. And if you didnt patent said stolen ideas, then whose fault is that.

Nokia did not say anything...
The report cites an individual familiar with Nokia's orders from Samsung as saying:

Isn't this why Batman buys stuff from different suppliers and then builds it himself to keep them secret.
Perhaps they should all follow his example as he seems to be doing quite well

Teebor said,
Isn't this why Batman buys stuff from different suppliers and then builds it himself to keep them secret.
Perhaps they should all follow his example as he seems to be doing quite well

Maybe you should come to the real world for a while?

Teebor said,
Isn't this why Batman buys stuff from different suppliers and then builds it himself to keep them secret.
Perhaps they should all follow his example as he seems to be doing quite well

"When Samsung is in ashes you have my permission to die"

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Maybe you should come to the real world for a while?


I think its time for that coffee break if you can't spot an obvious joke

Teebor said,
Perhaps they should all follow his example as he seems to be doing quite well

Is that true? Lets examine:

- His company went bankrupt and competitors (who want him dead) took over.
- He couldnt keep work and privacy seperated: his girlfriend died because of it.
- At one point it drove him insane and he became a hermit.
- He had to fake his own death just to get out of the business.

since when do Samsung build Nokia's phone's - don't they just supply "off the shelf" components that Nokia can buy anywhere?

I can't see how Samsung could be stealing any of Nokia's idea's before their phones hit the market and anyone could reverse engineer them.