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Samsung is more than just a smartphone manufacturer

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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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posted on 09 Mar 2016, 20:16 13

1. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1518; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)

Over a year ago ColdFusion made a video on this.


posted on 10 Mar 2016, 00:03 3

31. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)

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

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 00:40 4

36. spin9 (Posts: 310; Member since: 31 May 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

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 00:49

77. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)

Right, a "Samsung owned" site would be crediting features from different rivals that Samsung implements in their device, to ALWAYS one rival, apple:


Yet won't write a single article pointing out the dozens of features that single rival has copied:



Makes iSense...

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 00:44 3

37. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

I love ColdFusion

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

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 08:45 2

55. Ruturaj (Posts: 1483; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)

Same here, he makes great videos.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 20:18 6

2. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2974; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

I like how much they spend on R&D

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 11:11

59. Bernoulli (Posts: 4326; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

Still more than apple.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 12:20 3

62. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 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.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 00:52

78. Bernoulli (Posts: 4326; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

What does that have to do with my post? Wtf

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 13:20

79. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

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

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 20:25 21

3. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 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.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 20:32 16

6. lyndon420 (Posts: 5000; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

You're right. Just because apple has the most money in the bank right now it doesn't make them the world's most valuable company. For example we can look at the company Alphabet. It wasn't around very long and became the most valuable company because of what they own and what they do.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 20:39 1

13. ctdog4748 (Posts: 797; Member since: 05 Mar 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'!

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 21:11 12

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.........

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 12:13 2

61. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 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.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 23:30 2

30. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 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.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 20:25 15

4. lyndon420 (Posts: 5000; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

I knew Samsung was massive but this was almost mind blowing to see what they've accomplished in less than a hundred years.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 20:30 8

5. aikoo (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Feb 2016)

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

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 20:32 2

7. CreeDiddy (Posts: 957; Member since: 04 Nov 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.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 20:37 15

9. lyndon420 (Posts: 5000; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Samsung may try to be the third player in our mobile ecosystem with Tizen. They've got enough of a fan base to make ms cry in envy.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 20:40

14. Donone41 (Posts: 91; Member since: 17 Dec 2014)

We will see f**l.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 20:43

16. kevin91202 (Posts: 599; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)

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

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 00:32

34. rishav20193 (Posts: 212; Member since: 18 Jul 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)

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 20:47

17. kevin91202 (Posts: 599; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)

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

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 22:53

28. Suo.Eno (Posts: 528; Member since: 17 Feb 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.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 22:16

24. kenaldinho4444 (Posts: 66; Member since: 05 Jun 2015)

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

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 02:34

46. Xelief (Posts: 56; Member since: 17 Aug 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.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 20:33 1

8. nctx77 (Posts: 2401; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

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

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 20:38 20

10. lyndon420 (Posts: 5000; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Thanks for that. We are all so much more enlightened now :)

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