Data center demand - mostly from the United States - now accounts for as much as almost 30 percent of demand for Samsung's DRAM chips compared with 5 percent five years ago, said analyst Kim Yang-jae at KTB Investment & Securities.
Deteriorating relations between the US and China - Samsung's two biggest export destinations - has hit demand for memory used in everything from personal computers to mobile devices, raising the pressure on a company struggling to revitalize its smartphone business. "It is not. The smartphone market is already saturated", senior analyst Greg Roh at Hyundai Motor Securities told Reuters news agency.
Canadian police arrested Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, on December 1 at the request of the United States. She denies wrongdoing and China has demanded her release.
Samsung routinely releases estimated earnings figures before posting detailed results and elaboration toward the end of the month. This is down 9.87 percent from 65.46 trillion won ($58 billion) in the previous quarter.
Samsung also said a "stagnant and fiercely competitive smartphone market" pressured income and that the firm would continue to innovate its product line such as with foldable handsets and models capable of fifth-generation (5G) networking.
"Samsung is losing ground to Huawei, Xiaomi and other Chinese rivals in the huge China and India markets", Neil Mawston, executive director at market researcher Strategy Analytics, said in a report.
This headwind continued to buffet the industry in the fourth quarter, with overall sales in the world's top smartphone market China falling 8 percent in the preceding three months, according to Counterpoint Research.
It is also set to introduce the world's first bendable smartphone in the first half.
It also took another hit after the bribery conviction of Lee Jae-yong - the son and heir of the group's ailing current Chairman Lee Kun-hee.
South Korea's semiconductor exports to China dropped for the first time in more than two years in December.
But Lee was released from jail in February past year after several of his convictions were quashed on appeal.
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