"Sales and profits of set products business, including smartphones and TVs, are expected to decline significantly as COVID-19 affects demand and leads to store and plant closures globally. To address this, the company will leverage its global production flexibility and supply networks as well as strengthening its online sales capabilities," Samsung said.
Looking ahead, it's difficult to predict how things will go, in part because there is much we still don't know about the virus. Samsung acknowledged this as well, in a roundabout away.
"In the second half, uncertainties driven by COVID-19 will persist as the duration and impact of the pandemic remain unknown. The company plans to focus on optimizing resource allocation in the short term, while continuing to strengthen its technology leadership and develop innovative set products," Samsung said.
This was mostly driven by DRAM demand within the datacenter sector. However, Samsung noted "relatively solid" demand for its NAND flash memory products in the mobile sector as well, due to manufacturers adopting high-density storage greater than 128GB.
"For the second half, while mobile demand—most affected by COVID-19—remains as one of the uncertainties, overall memory conditions are likely to be favorable due to server and PC demand for a faster and more reliable cloud service experience. However, a prolonged COVID-19 crisis poses risks of reduction in overall demand," Samsung said.
Samsung also reiterated that it is winding down its LCD business, in favor of producing OLED panels. It will be interesting to see how this shift ultimately affects the company's bottom line.