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Samsung R&D spending reached record $9 billion in 2011

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Samsung R&D spending reached record $9 billion in 2011
Samsung has bumped up its research and development investment to the largest in the company’s history. Samsung R&D spending reached a record $9.1 billion (10.3 trillion won) in 2011. This is the first time the Korean company goes over 10 trillion won in spending.

In addition to that, Samsung also invested nearly $20.1 billion (22.7 trillion won) in manufacturing plants. If you sum it all up, the Koreans spent nearly $29 billion on its research projects and manufacturing upgradesin 2011.

R&D is a crucial investment in the fast-paced mobile industry with only Apple being a notably stingy with research and still reaping huge profits. Apple allegedly spent only around $2.4 billion, fading in comparison to Samsung's $9.1 billion. We have to note, though, that this doesn't take into account the fact that Samsung is fighting on many fronts and there's a difference in scale.

Samsung is also expected to continue growing R&D spending while most other companies cut it. Rivals in display technologies like Sony and LG are dropping or - at best - keeping investments stable, but overall research spending is on the decline.

R&D might not show in months and sometimes in years, the efforts usually lead to generational leapfrogs in technology. One example, we’ve heard about recently is a smartphone with a flexible, folding display. Samsung promised to bring this in 2012, and it’s also working on its Exynos line of chips and AMOLED series of screens.

source: mk via SammyHub

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posted on 02 Apr 2012, 04:21 10

1. plgladio (Posts: 311; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


All the very best for the techies over there in Samsung :)

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 10:11 3

9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3755; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


This type of spending on R&D leads to incredible products like the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Samsung Galaxy Note & the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Just WAIT for the Samsung Galaxy S III & when they make the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Those 2 phones will make all the other phones I just mentioned seem like a senior citizens asking for the senior discount at the movie theatre! lol

Samsung clearly is out to dominate & guess what? Who can argue with them!

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 06:48 1

2. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Even with the spendings, Samsung still produce something similar to Apple. No creativity at all.

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 07:08

4. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


That's because samsung's stuff are build in house from the ground up !
Although that's really stupid Cause less revenue for them and more money for apple

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 07:07

3. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Honestly apple is more about evolution not innovation however I am still on apple's side for now

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 07:27 9

5. SleepingOz (unregistered)


apple? evolution? seriously?

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 08:52 5

6. xfire99 (Posts: 409; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Apple evulate from a thief to a robber and rob all humanitys from theirs freedom. In a near future Apple will create an army of iZombies and all will be locked upp in a Land that Called iLand. These iZombies lives for one purpose, too se how they reacts to all small shiny iDevices fed to them and if it can withstands all scratchings from these hungry monsters claws.
If the test are succeded and Apple will start with new bigger iDevices. This new bigger iDevice will come with a new revolutionary design and a new era of evolution have started!

Story continues.....

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 09:44

8. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


XFIRE999 That was really funny LMAO!!!!!!
THELEGEND has no self-respect of him-self....
Young desecrated bestial.....

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 15:05 1

13. SleepingOz (unregistered)


It's not about respect. He's just a plain stupid iBiasedSheep.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 04:44 1

18. saket.shrivastava (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


iNsane...........LMAO.......

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 15:36

14. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


very true actually

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 21:50

15. D_Tech-tive (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Behind is more like it!
No 4G, and slower processors!

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 09:27 3

7. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Thelegend657 §HEep Apple are are Invertebates.
KLEPTOMANICS!!!!!!!! Morons.....
More like...

Poor guy has been seduced by Apple in-there ALLUREMENT!
You've been dooooomed.....
Diabololism
Iniquitous!!!!!!!

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 12:25 2

11. bvalde09 (Posts: 172; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


LMFAO. Evolution? Iphone 3G,= Iphone 3Gs Iphone 4 = Iphone 4s no innovation at all. Please get your facts straight

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 04:19

17. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


I am sorry I messed it up , I mean evolution

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 04:46 2

19. saket.shrivastava (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


u r still messin up......
all people here mean no iVolution

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 11:21 1

10. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


The fact is that Apple will reveal LTE and maybe and a 3.7" screen and call it revolutionary that its just never been released before and its exclusive to Apple products will make it a best seller. Oh and the fact that if you need your balls scratched, theres an app for that.

Anyway, theyll sue Samsung because their phones have a screen too.

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 12:26

12. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


isnt that about as much as apple spent in suing the world last year? if only they had put that towards innovation instead of subjugation

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 06:48

20. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


They actually just use samsung parts and let samsung lg and other suppliers pay for the R&D , make much business sense ehh ?

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 22:27

16. BomberXL (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)


Good Job Samsung, thats why they keep throwing out phones, and all of them are top contendors. Keep up the good work guys

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 06:49

21. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Not really all . Some

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