Electronics giant Samsung announced Thursday its third-quarter profit has likely jumped to its highest in two years, beating analysts' already-high expectations.
The South Korean tech company said operating profit was likely more than 10 billion dollars for the three months ending in September.
Analysts had predicted a surge in profits thanks to recovery of smartphone sales and a rush order of chips from Huawei.
Samsung's smartphone shipments jumped to around 80 million from just 54.2 million in the previous quarter.
Analysts attribute that to a rebound in demand after the contraction brought about by the health crisis in the first half of 2020.
While weaker prices pressured Samsung's overall chip business, they also saw a boost in orders for graphics and mobile chips, including from Chinese smartphone maker Huawei.
Industry sources say Huawei had been building stockpiles before U.S. restrictions imposed around mid-September prevented it from buying chips made with American technology without a license.
And Samsung's appliances business also likely got a lift from consumers stuck at home, willing to spend more on products that make their homes cleaner.