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?
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.


source: FCC (1), (2)

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20 Comments

1. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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??

3. Florin.T

Posts: 315; Member since: Dec 16, 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.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Not calling you out, but who actually thought that?

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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.

11. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

18. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 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.

20. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

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

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

2. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

My Exynos Galaxy Note 3 is made in Vietnam

4. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Better than China.

15. huongvt85

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 13, 2014

exact idea

7. thachlel

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Where had iphone been made?

8. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 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

10. ausnote2

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 07, 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

12. bigstrudel

Posts: 594; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

That's not how neo-capitalism works.

13. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 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.

14. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

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

16. huongvt85

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 13, 2014

Vietnam beautiful country :)

17. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

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

19. Mreyes703

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 14, 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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