notice they did not breakdown Samsungs mobile profits? Profits are up because of their chip fab operations. It will take a few quarters but Samsung mobile profits will drop. Why would anyone pay $600 for a copycat phone when you can get a chinese copycat phone for $200? Notice the article mentions they can't survive on the flagship phone alone? Welcome to plunging margins Samsung as you are now competing against chinese manufacters.
No... the article did not say anything about them not being able to survive on the flagship phone alone. This is what it said:
“Companies can’t survive with a single device for more than six months or a year, ...”
What the article said about high priced phones was this:
"Samsung sells at least 40 smartphone models, according to its U.S. website, helping it weather stalling demand for high-end devices."