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

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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21 Comments

1. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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!

2. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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

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

3. thelegend6657 unregistered

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

5. SleepingOz unregistered

apple? evolution? seriously?

6. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 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.....

8. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

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

13. SleepingOz unregistered

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

18. saket.shrivastava

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

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

14. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

very true actually

15. D_Tech-tive

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

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

7. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 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!!!!!!!

11. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

17. thelegend6657 unregistered

I am sorry I messed it up , I mean evolution

19. saket.shrivastava

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

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

10. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 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.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

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 ?

16. BomberXL

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

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

21. thelegend6657 unregistered

Not really all . Some

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