Lee said legal battles with Apple would start weighing less on Samsung this year as the South Korean company is expected to release models with new designs.
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"If profit in handsets continues to stream in, this year will also likely be a solid one for Samsung," said Jae Lee, an analyst at Daiwa Securities in Seoul. "The biggest threat would be if the global economy worsens."
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