Samsung Galaxy S III made by 75,000 workers; phone is the fastest selling gadget of all-time

Samsung Galaxy S III made by 75,000 workers; phone is the fastest selling gadget of all-time
With reports that the Samsung Galaxy S III has pre-orders for 9 million units, the handset will be the fastest selling gadget ever. The 9 million figure will top the 8 million units of  Microsoft Kinect sold in a 60 day period. So how many people does it take to produce huge quantities of the eagerly awaited handset? ExtremeTech decided it would find out, so they went back through some releases and news stories, opened the calculator on their phones, and figured out that it takes 75,000 workers to produce the 9 million units of the Samsung Galaxy S III and the additional millions more in sales that will be coming. Keep in mind that this is just a quick back of the envelope figure and the actual number could be a whole lot more, or a whole lot less.

Some of the calculations were easy. One Foxconn worker says that each Apple iPhone 4S production line spits out 3,500 units daily. Thus, 640 employees can churn out 84,000 units of Apple's smartphone monthly. Figure that it takes the same process to make the Samsung Galaxy S III and we have 60 Samsung production lines kicking out 5 million Samsung Galaxy S III phones for a total of 38,400 workers. Double that and viola, you get roughly 76,800 factory workers. It is important to understand that the parts used in the Samsung Galaxy S III from the OLED screen to the quad-core exynos processor and the RAM and NAND flash, are all made in-house by Samsung.

Some other interesting points were mentioned by ExtremeTech include a huge pay discrepancy between Chinese and Korean workers assembling the Apple iPad. Chinese workers get $8 per Apple iPad assembled while Korean workers doing the same job receive $34 per tablet. The average monthly wage for a Chinese Foxconn worker is $400 vs. $2000 for the Korean worker. This means that Samsung has a much higher overhead than Apple has when it comes to manufacturing its mobile devices. The 75,000 making the Samsung Galaxy SIII represents about 10% of Sammy's total payroll and more than Google's entire payroll.

source: ExtremeTech via AndroidAuthority

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Wow that's impressive

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Talking about manufacturing: !!!SCANDALOUS TRUTH ABOUT APPLE AND MANUFACTURING THEIR DEVICES!!! Video: (Watch in HD) For those who don't understand in Russian, there is English subtitles!

48. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

um... shouldn't the S3 sales by now WITH the us market be 19 million ??? because 9 million without the US, and a read a post before announcing the GS3 that USA already preordered 10 million of the GS3... so with US it could have sold 19 million :)

46. Android2627

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Apple Has Workers Who Get Less Paid and Samsung Pays More to Workers then also Apple sells its product at more Cost :O Cheater's

2. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Well isn't that a big f you to Apple.

21. Andman314

Posts: 61; Member since: Apr 27, 2011



Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012


36. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

"Samsung Electronics Co has received some 9 million pre-orders for its third-generation Galaxy S smartphone from more than 100 global carriers, the Korea Economic Daily reported on Friday" The key word here is carriers, and not customers. That's a HUGE difference. Each carrier has their own pre-orders of the smartphone, but whether all the pre-orders from all the carriers totaled to 9,000,000 is questionable. They probably ordered much much more than what was pre-ordered. Some carriers are even just starting pre-orders. The pricing in some carriers are not even revealed yet. doesn't make sense. Also Samsung already denied the comment made by "an anonymous Samsung official" that they were manufacturing the phone at maximum capacity producing 5 million phones per month. If they had been producing 5 million phones a month, they would have to have been producing smartphones since March. And we haven't even considered in store sales at this point. If Samsung plans to have any SGIIIs in any stores at all, you should double time because that means they have another batch of SGIIIs ready to send to the retailers. Also, Since they denied they were making 5 million/month, then that throws the production date to much much earlier towards the beginning of the year. Very unlikely. The SGIII is going to be a great device no doubt, but still......

49. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

agreed, number is a bit off, but maybe they sell a much reasonable number and beat smartphone records

51. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

you do make sense. 9 million from CARRIERS and not people

55. ph00ny

Posts: 2052; Member since: May 26, 2011

And how do you suppose samsung sell directly to their customers without direct sales ability?

58. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

sell it in their stores like apple does or ask customers to directly pre-order their phone from them. it is not like all countries count on carrier phones, i live in asia and most people prefer to buy unlocked phones sim-free. finally i bet samsung have more authorised shops than apple do around the globe

62. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Samsung has barely any shops outside of korea. I think apple actually has more direct shops.

67. manzl

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

i think ur wrong do have more stores than apple worldwide..

73. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

nope they have more shops than apple

3. kayeeman566

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

well wait till iphone6 announcement !

37. Archan_Pe

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

Y wait for the 6 when there a 5? xD...

50. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

we don't know whether or not it'll be called the iPhone 5 or 6. Technically it should be called the iPhone 6 because its the 6th iPhone (iPhone 4 was the 4th iPhone), but if for some reason they need to hit all the numbers it may be called the iPhone 5 (iPhone 5 sounds a bit better too).

63. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it will have 6G!!

59. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

yea its not fair. must wait till the next iphone sales then we start talking. i am pretty sure that the iphone sales this quarter will go down to the ground

5. JDCohen722

Posts: 39; Member since: May 18, 2011

I need to tell you guys I honestly don't believe that 9 million sales figure, I know the Galaxy S III is REALLY POPULAR, the whole Galaxy Series never mind. But I was told by the Head of Mobile Product and Business Solutions at Samsung, Paulo Ferreira. Over the phone that they had sold 15 million Galaxy S III preorders, then literally a few hours later I saw the post about 9 million. So obviously someones got some weird calculations over at Samsung...

7. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I agree it doesn't seem plausible, however it's very impressive if true. If Samsung sells even half that on pre orders they're doing really well.

60. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

Isn't that guy a football player from Chelsea

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

either which way, its a huge number.

6. Jericho unregistered

How much did iphone 4s sold in its pre-orders? Not trollin just askin.

9. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It sold about 4 million opening weekend

19. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Hey guys I've got a great idea! Let's all thumb-down the fanboy because he answered a question with factual information! In all seriousness tho, I am looking forward to seeing how the Galaxy S III stacks up to both the iPhone's 4s and iPhone XX in terms of sales.

31. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Why do you have so many thumbs down just by answering a question? Some of the people here are ridiculous.


Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

U must be new here.... apple fans users all ways Gets thumb down.. .... looks like u are... . Do u ever teas his threads.

52. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I'm not that new, I created an account a couple months ago, but I was lurking a bit before that. I have read his posts, and yes some, if not most, were unreasonable. But still, he just answered a question. It's not like he was bragging about the sales like he has before, someone asked, so he answered without any hint of trolling. If he's being civil, I say be civil to him. If you think otherwise, then you're just as unreasonable as he was.

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