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Some Samsung Galaxy NotePRO models are made in Vietnam, not in Korea. Does it matter?

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Some Samsung Galaxy NotePRO models are made in Vietnam, not in Korea. Does it matter?
Announced at CES 2014 last week, the Galaxy NotePRO is Samsung’s largest tablet to date, sharing this honor with the TabPRO 12.2. It’s definitely one of the most interesting tablets we’ve seen lately, coming jam-packed with high-end specs like a 2560 x 1600 pixels display and 3GB of RAM. It will be available later this quarter in both LTE and Wi-Fi-only flavors.

Samsung usually manufactures high-end products in its home country (South Korea), so we were surprised to find that one of the NotePRO’s Wi-Fi versions, namely the SM-P900A, is made in Vietnam. Not long ago, we told you that Samsung intended to move its smartphone production from China to Vietnam in order to cut costs. Now it appears that some of its high-end tablets are also included in this plan.

How do we know that the SM-P900A is made in Vietnam? Well, the FCC approved the tablet over the week-end, revealing its “Made in Vietnam” label. A couple of months ago, the FCC also approved the Galaxy NotePRO SM-P900, which is made in Korea. There doesn’t seem to be any differences between the SM-P900 and SM-P900A, except for the country of origin.

When the Galaxy NotePRO arrives in stores, should you be careful about which version (Korea-made, or Vietnam-made) to buy? Probably not. It’s hard to believe that there will be significant differences between them, quality-wise. Plus, the model manufactured in Vietnam might be distributed only in South Asian markets. But that’s just a guess, we can’t know for sure.

We already previewed the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO, and we’ll likely review a retail unit soon - so stick around if you want to know more about this new and huge Android 4.4 KitKat tablet.

Some Samsung Galaxy NotePRO models are made in Vietnam, not in Korea. Does it matter?
Some Samsung Galaxy NotePRO models are made in Vietnam, not in Korea. Does it matter?

source: FCC (1), (2)

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posted on 13 Jan 2014, 15:05 8

1. rd_nest (Posts: 825; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


I wouldn't care if they were made in Neptune as long as they work properly. Do you get disease if they are made in Vietnam? If not, why else bother??

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 15:13 6

3. Florin.T (Posts: 128; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


Some customers may believe that a "made in Korea" label comes with the promise of a better quality, unlike products made in China or Vietnam. So we thought we should clarify this by saying that the label probably doesn't matter.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 15:23 3

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8924; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Not calling you out, but who actually thought that?

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 15:27 3

6. ihavenoname (Posts: 1524; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


If you have Vietnamese and Korean Sammy, you can't propably tell difference, same thing with Korean and Chinese Lumias and iMac assembled in China or USA. It's more psychological thing.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 18:05

11. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1293; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I'm getting old. I still remember everyone buying Hyundai excels on the promise that if it came from Asia it must be as good as the Japanese. Boy were people wrong. But times change and Hyundai is no longer that crappy brand. As long as it's made correctly I don't think it matters.
Anybody remember when Nissan started making cars in the USA? Cars were shipping to customers with scratches and come to find out the line workers gold chains had done the damage.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 02:37

18. Trex95 (Posts: 571; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


No i does matter. I used all S3 version the Korean, chines and Vietnamese and the worst of all the Vietnamese, camera, call quality and screen isn't the same as the Korean version or the chinese version.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 23:52

20. Xenaz (Posts: 106; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)


Can I call that "Discr!m!nat!0n" ??

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 17:48 3

9. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6741; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Agreed. Even Japanese products aren't made in Japan it's all made in China just like our American products.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 15:10 1

2. iGeek (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


My Exynos Galaxy Note 3 is made in Vietnam

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 15:16 6

4. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Better than China.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 21:50

15. huongvt85 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Jan 2014)


exact idea

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 17:13 1

7. thachlel (Posts: 75; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Where had iphone been made?

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 17:26 1

8. tiara6918 (Posts: 1547; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


My galaxy note 2 which I had was made in vietnam while my current tab 3 7.0 is made in korea. From where it was manufactured doesn't mean it's a better product

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 17:48

10. ausnote2 (Posts: 84; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


my note 3 is made in vietnam aus version and the built quality is outstanding. So no problem. Win for Samsung with high quality and low labour cost, hopefully Samsung can lower the phone cost as well for all customers

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 18:11

12. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


That's not how neo-capitalism works.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 18:40

13. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 399; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


Some of my friends Galaxy S3's were made in other countries than Korea. I believe a few were made in Japan or China.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 21:03

14. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 113; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Thanks, guys. Vietnamese workers must be happy to hear your words.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 21:57

16. huongvt85 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Jan 2014)


Vietnam beautiful country :)

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 00:10

17. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


I bet devices made in Vietnam will be better then those in china,..

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 10:59

19. Mreyes703 (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Dec 2010)


There's a big difference in quality...i have a Samsung tab 3 7' from sprint that was made in Vietnam and a Samsung tab 3 7' from At&t,,, and the one made in Vietnam has giving me lot of problems with the software and not the charging port has fallen off..so there is a big big difference in quality

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