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Where are Samsung phones made? It’s not where you think

Samsung is the largest smartphone seller on the planet. Data from multiple industry trackers showed that the company shipped nearly 300 million units just last year. As you can probably imagine, an extensive manufacturing network is required to pump out more than a quarter of a billion devices each year.

The company owns factories in several countries around the world. However, the country where Samsung phones are made doesn’t really make a difference. Samsung maintains a single quality standard across all of its factories.

Where are Samsung Galaxy phones made?

China

Samsung China office

You’d think China would be where most of the Samsung Galaxy phones are manufactured. China is the global manufacturing center after all. It’s also where Apple gets the bulk of its iPhones. Not to mention the fact that Chinese OEMs have dominated the smartphone market.

Samsung has already closed its last smartphone factory in China this year. As of 2019, the company does not manufacture any phones in the People’s Republic of China. It previously had two factories in China, but as Samsung’s market share fell below 1% in the country, it had to scale back production. It no longer makes financial sense for Samsung to make phones in China. Which is why she has now stopped doing that.

Vietnam

samsung vietnam

Vietnam is actually where Samsung phones are manufactured, most of them anyway. Samsung’s manufacturing facility is located in Vietnam’s Thai Nguyen province where two factories produce smartphones, tablets and wearables. The company is in the process of adding another factory to the facility to increase its production in the country. Existing factories produce 120 million units annually. Most of Samsung’s global supplies, including markets like North America and Europe, come from Vietnam.

India

Noida Plant Picture Samusng

Not only does India have the largest mobile phone factory of Samsung, but it is also the largest mobile phone manufacturing unit in the world based on production capacity. Samsung announced in 2017 that it would invest $620 million to double smartphone production in India. It opened the factory in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India in the year 2018. The production capacity of this factory is now 120 million units annually.

A large portion of the offering is for the Indian market. It is one of the most lucrative smartphone markets for Samsung. Considering the country’s import taxes, Samsung needs local production in order to compete effectively against its competitors on price. The company manufactures its Galaxy M and Galaxy A series phones here as well. However, Samsung may also export smartphones manufactured in India to markets in Europe, Africa and West Asia.

South Korea

samsung gumi campus

Samsung operates manufacturing facilities in its home country of South Korea. This is also where most of the components they source from their sister companies are manufactured. However, the South Korean smartphone production plant accounts for less than 10 percent of global shipments. The units manufactured here are primarily intended for the company’s domestic market.

Brazil

brazil factory

Samsung also operates a manufacturing facility in Brazil. It was created in 1999. More than 6,000 workers work in the factory where Samsung supplies its smartphones to all of Latin America. With Brazil also having high import taxes, local production also allows Samsung to offer its products in the country at a competitive price.

Indonesia

samsung indonesia

Indonesia is also a country where Samsung phones are manufactured. It was a fairly recent decision by the company to start making phones in this country. The factory was opened in 2015 and its production capacity is about 800,000 units per year. This is enough for Samsung to meet domestic demand.

How Samsung’s manufacturing priorities are changing

The smartphone market has changed dramatically over the past decade. Chinese smartphone manufacturers have become highly competitive in all market segments. Samsung has had to adapt to being under increasing pressure.

This has led to a shift in the company’s manufacturing priorities. Samsung released its first ODM smartphone, the Galaxy A6s, in 2019. This device was manufactured by a third party for the Chinese market. The ODM solution allows Samsung to improve its margins on more affordable devices. It is now expected that 60 million ODM smartphones will be shipped in the near future to markets all over the world.

A larger shift to an ODM model could mean that Samsung won’t use all of its available production capacity in its own factories. That is unless shipments increase for the overall smartphone market and are able to increase market share.

Where are original Samsung phones made?

There are some misconceptions about “original” Samsung phones based on the country of production. The abundance of misinformation online doesn’t help. Quite simply, all Samsung phones made in the company’s factories or its ODM partners are “original”. It does not matter if the plant is in South Korea or Brazil. A smartphone made in a factory in Vietnam is not inherently better than a phone made in Indonesia.

That’s because these factories actually only assemble the hardware. They all source the same ingredients and follow the same quality and manufacturing processes. You don’t have to worry about whether or not your Samsung phone is original based on where it was made. Unless it’s an obvious fake that says “Samsang” or something on the back. This is another problem entirely.