Samsung Electronics - Statistics & Facts

Samsung Electronics - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts about Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics is a global leader in semiconductors, telecommunications and digital media technologies, and one of the most valuable brands in the world. Headquartered in Suwon, South Korea, the company was founded in 1969. Samsung employs more than 300 thousand people worldwide and spends more than 10 billion U.S. dollars on research and development each year. This investment has paid off; in 2015, Samsung was the company with the second highest number of U.S. patents granted, just behind IBM.


Samsung is the leading mobile phone and smartphone vendor worldwide. In 2012, Samsung passed the then-leader in the mobile phone market, Nokia/Microsoft, and has maintained the top position since. In 2015, Samsung held about 20 percent of the market share with Apple as its closest competitor in the mobile market. It was also in 2012 that Samsung became the leading smartphone vendor in the world. In 2012 alone, the South Korean company shipped more than 214 million smartphones worldwide, accounting for about 30 percent of the global smartphone market. Apple and Hauwei are Samsung’s main competitors in this market, while Lenovo and Xiaomi also have been growing their global market share over the years.

Samsung holds a sizeable position in the tablet computer market with the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab, competing against Apple’s iPad, for example. In early 2016, Samsung held the position of the second largest tablet vendor in the world, accounting for around 15 percent of all shipments.

Aside of having a strong presence in the mobile market, Samsung is also successful in the display, TV and semiconductors industry. Samsung has been the world's largest television manufacturer since 2008, when the company held a 20 percent share of the global LCD TV market. Samsung’s market share has stayed rather consistent in the last few years, varying between 19 and 21 percent. The South Korean giant is also the world's largest producer of LCD panels, and has the greatest share of the global market for NAND Flash memory. Lastly, Samsung has a strong presence in the global semiconductor market, as the company holds about 11 percent of the market share.



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