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Samsung has been the king of the Android world for years, and the South Korean giant continues to deliver phones that impress and innovate. From reliable powerhouses in the S22 series to flashy foldables that think outside the box, there’s something for everyone in Samsung’s lineup. But where are these phones designed and made? In this article, we will look at the production process behind Samsung phones and how they maintain a single quality standard across the globe.
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Samsung has design studios and factories around the globe. However, the primary design studio is located in Seoul, Korea, and the central manufacturing hub is in Vietnam.
Where are Samsung phones designed?
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Samsung Z Fold 4 comes in three stunning colors. Media invited to check out the Samsung Unpacked event on August 4, 2022. Ryan-Alexander McLeod/ Android Authority
Samsung has design studios around the world, including in Delhi, Europe, Japan and Latin America. As the company has continued to grow, they have expanded their bases around the world. Here are the main design studios associated with Samsung phones and some of their key contributions.
At the heart of the dragon, Samsung Design China started in Shanghai in 2004 and opened a UX lab in Beijing in 2013. Both studios are designing smartphones, home appliance products, computers, smart wearables, and more.
Some of the key works from Samsung China were the product design of the Galaxy A8S and staple applications like Samsung Wallet and Samsung Smart Manager.
Established in 2008, Samsung Design Delhi focuses on locally inspired applications. One of their latest achievements is an Indian-specific keyboard design based on the phonetic principles of Indian scripts, making the typing experience as easy as writing.
The Seoul Design office is the front line for Samsung and the drawing board for all electronic blueprints. People in the fields of strategy, product, UX, graphics and engineering design come together here to ensure systematic recognition of Samsung products.
As the central hub, product, CMF, Graphic, UI, and GUI designers from Seoul hand in the conception of almost every phone from Samsung. It all starts here.
Located in London, the European Design studio opened in 2000 and expanded to Milan in 2005. Apart from focusing on product range, the European team also plays a key role in trend research and future forecasts. That’s a fancy way of saying that they predict and follow social and cultural norms to integrate as design elements.
One mobile highlight of Samsung Design Europe was their research on the Galaxy Fold Series. It may have taken a few iterations, but we think they’ve nailed the form factor with the Z Fold 4.
Where are Samsung phones made?
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If you asked someone to guess where Samsung phones are made, most people would probably say China. After all, the country is the global manufacturing hub, producing most smartphone OEMs and iPhones for Apple.
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It might surprise you that only Samsung phones are made in China. The company closed its last factory in the People’s Republic in 2019 due to declining market share. Today, most Samsung phones are made in Vietnam. But they have a few other vital factories around the globe. Let’s look at them all.
Most of Samsung’s global phone supply comes from Vietnam. Samsung’s manufacturing facility is located in Vietnam’s Nguyen Thai province, where it churns out well over 100 million smartphones, tablets and wearable devices each year.
According to Samsung statistics, almost half of their smartphones and tablets are produced in Vietnam and exported to 128 countries. One Vietnamese outlet said that between 2008 and 2018, “Samsung increased its total investment in Vietnam from US$670 million to over US$17.3 billion.”
If you live in North America or Europe, it looks like your Samsung phone was made in Vietnam.
India is home to one giant Samsung mobile factory. It rivals the production capacity of the six factories in Vietnam, making it one of the largest mobile phone manufacturing units in the world. But it all works mainly on the Indian market because, well, there are a lot of people in India.
Given the import taxes in the country, Samsung set up shop locally to compete against its rivals on price. That strategy paid off as a lucrative deal for Samsung, making all Galaxy M and Galaxy A series phones here.
As you might expect, Samsung has manufacturing facilities in its home country of South Korea. However, smartphone production accounts for less than 10% of Samsung’s global shipments. Instead, the South Korean factory operates primarily in the local market and manufactures components sourced from sister companies.
If you live in Latin America, your Samsung phone was probably made in Brazil. Samsung has been assembling phones in Brazil since 1999 and employs a local workforce of around 6,000. The local tax laws allow Samsung to sell its phones to all neighboring countries at a reasonable price.
Its Indonesian factory may be the latest addition to Samsung’s manufacturing force. Launched in 2015, they produce around 800,000 units annually for the local market. Given its success so far, Samsung will likely invest more here in the future.
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No, ZTE phones are not made by Samsung. ZTE is a Chinese state-owned technology company that specializes in telecommunications.
No, LG and Samsung are separate companies that make their own electronics.
No, Samsung phones are not made in China. Samsung closed its last remaining Chinese factory in 2019 and now makes the most of its phones in Vietnam.
Samsung has been making phones in Vietnam since 2008. But in 2020, it moved nearly 200,000 units of production per month to Vietnam due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus in South Korea.