Samsung is more than just a smartphone manufacturer

Samsung is more than just a smartphone manufacturer
If you're a loyal PhoneArena reader, the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Samsung is the latest Galaxy S handset. But there is much more to the company than that. According to an infographic made by TufiTech, the company makes up 17% of South Korea's economy. It employs 489,000 people, which is more than Apple, Google and Microsoft combined.

The company got into electronics in 1960, built their first cellphone in 1985 and in 2011 it became the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Last year's 22.4% global smartphone market share put it ahead of Apple's 16.4%. Samsung shipped 325 million handsets last year, compared to the 231.5 million iPhones shipped by Apple. And Samsung has spent some big bucks on the future. In 2015, its R&D spending of $14.1 billion topped Apple's $6 billion and Google's $9.8 billion.

Samsung is involved in other aspects of the smartphone market. It produces Ax chipsets for Apple, and had a large share of the global AMOLED display market last year. It also has a number of huge businesses that have nothing to do with smartphones or electronics. You can check it all out by clicking on the slideshow below. We've cut up the infographic into bite-sized pieces so that you can find out all about the global smartphone leader.


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source: TufiTech

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1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Over a year ago ColdFusion made a video on this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Afpey7Eldo

31. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Read my mind. That was precisely what I was gonna post.

36. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

I have to add to that video that Samsung owns this site too. He didn't mention it but it's pretty obvious since half the articles are for Samsung

77. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Right, a "Samsung owned" site would be crediting features from different rivals that Samsung implements in their device, to ALWAYS one rival, apple: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-S7-to-have-a-version-of-Live-Photos-called-Vivid-Photo_id77435 Yet won't write a single article pointing out the dozens of features that single rival has copied: http://www.gottabemobile.com/2015/06/08/ios-9-features-apple-borrowed-from-android/ http://phandroid.com/2015/09/09/iphone-6s-new-features-vs-android-phones/ Makes iSense...

37. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I love ColdFusion He has many great videos e.g. on Samsung, Apple, Google, Telsa, Microsoft, Tata, Nokia, Walmart

55. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Same here, he makes great videos.

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I like how much they spend on R&D

59. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Still more than apple.

62. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

People tend to forget that many of the components in Apple products are made by Samsung, the iPhone couldn't really exist without them. Original iPhone contained quite a few samsung components, something people forget, and the newer ones do as well, and I doubt it will slow down.

78. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

What does that have to do with my post? Wtf

79. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Agreeing with you, and explaining how people seem to forget these things?

3. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

It is funny all the things that get thrown at Samsung, they are a juggernaut company unlike Apple. But people will point out that Apple is valued higher, of which they are right. But Apple is running mostly on image and with very few products, if either takes a significant hit in popularity, then Apple can quickly get into a bad situation. Samsung can take those hits and keep going supported by other things they have in the company. And despite not earning as much per product as Apple, maybe because of it, they are very stable, reliable, and long term viable. Where one bad break or turn in public opinion can entirely possibly break them, though yes they have enough cash currently to soak some blows.

13. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Sorry kid, but "one bad break" isn't going to be nearly enough to even dent Apple in the slightest. Yes it's become de rigueur to predict (or in some peoples cases hope for ) Apples imminent downfall, but take a screen shot of this for future reference; Apple will earn more profit on iPhone 7 sales alone than Samsung will of the S7, S7 Edge and Note 6 combined. Yep, Apple has it like 'that'!

21. willard12 unregistered

Potentially with screens and processors as well as flash memory, Samsung will be there to take their cut. I'm not sure anyone's comment predicted the "imminent downfall" of Apple. But, at some point, the smartphone market will be saturated (maybe not in our lifetimes) . When that happens, it will be good to be in the business of building solar panels, ships, fighter jets, TVs, trucks, tractors, dishwashers.........

61. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

nice way to start your post "kid" amusing. You aren't really reading what I said, I said a break was Apple losing its image, Apple's main selling point is its image, its design, if people decided they didn't want to pay more for less, which fully objectively they are getting both feature wise and hardware wise. Heck in your confidence about them earning more from iPhone 7 sales then s7 s7 edge and so on combined, you are relying on the fact that they earn more per product then anyone out there, the only reason they are able to do that is because of how Apple is perceived, take their computers, that's the exact same hardware as any other computer out there, but the cost is significantly more due to the design. Which was my point, if Apple's design/pay for said design, falls out of favour, they lose the main source of income. If you don't like Samsung's phone design? cool, buy something else, there's many many more products from samsung that you may like, unless you are boycotting them for some odd reason, and not buying anything samsung period. The fact that you start out with the wording you did makes me wonder... Because just because a company is earning a higher profit and selling more of their products then others, does not mean their product is actual higher quality, but it is perceived to be higher quality. And remember who had historically made most of the components in Apple's products...because Apple can't do that themselves.

30. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. Some of us have been saying this for years. Samsung is much bigger than smartphones, the smartphone market. Samsung could get out of making smartphones and survive just providing smartphone components to others.

5. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

Even I didn't know they were this big, like damn. It takes a minute to wrap your head around this.

7. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2128; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Samsung smartphone division will be non existent by 2020. You will see massive declines due to Apple's branding and customer loyalty along with the massive competition manufacturer to manufacturer within the Android space. Depleting margins will cause Samsung to refocus their mobile market. This is bound to happen. The signs were there starting early last year. Sorry Samsung on a historic great run, but all good things come to an end. I like Samsung as a company, but this is very predictable.

14. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

We will see f**l.

16. kevin91202

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Yes, the android market is saturated. That's why Tizen is on the horizon for the Galaxy S9 and beyond.

34. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

umm...no, tizen wont be released in the s series ever !! z series is for tizen....& from what i have read......samsung is about launch a high end tizen phone in 2016!! i m from india....& i read articles that it has done really well in india !! & most people said that he doesnt hang & all......but obviously, dont have much apps as of now !! comes pre installed with the major ones we may use like (fb, messenger, whatsapp)

17. kevin91202

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Yes, the android market is saturated. That's why Tizen is on the horizon for the Galaxy S9 and beyond.

28. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Wake me up from that old Bada disaster of a nightmare 1st before we even begin to talk about Tizen. Samsung's not gonna end well if this is their current TouchWiz chops and discipline that they're bringing forward for Tizen. That's gotta change...yesterday.

24. kenaldinho4444

Posts: 66; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

The top belongs to no one. Look at Nokia, they reigned the longest and where are they now

46. Xelief

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

The iOS market share right now isn't any larger than it was in 2012 and doesn't show any signs of growing by any considerable amount right now, so this is actually a pretty retarded statemnt.

8. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I could give zero f**** about how many things they make!!!

11. Clars123

Posts: 1075; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

and here you are commenting...oh the irony

15. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

And yet, here you are.

54. willard12 unregistered

You're only interested in how much money Apple makes.

12. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Their current project : replace man power with robot

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