This is one article you would not only love to read but would love yourself more after knowing these top facts about Samsung.
Apart from the fact that Samsung is popularly known as one of the top phone brands in the world, there are more amazing facts about Samsung.
As a true fan of Samsung, I find it really pleasing to tell you all of the coolest facts about Samsung and some not so cool facts.
But, first of all, wouldn’t it be nice to get a proper introduction? Maybe starting with some known facts about Samsung would make sense.
A Short History Of Samsung
- The most known fact about Samsung is that it’s one of the kings of the mobile phone world. Apart from mobile devices, Samsung has a massive footprint in the electronics space as well.
But as time went on, Samsung expanded beyond just mobile and electronics into more lucrative markets you’ll be surprised to find out.
Like every powerful company in existence, Samsung had its good and bad times. Hop in let’s uncover the most interesting facts about the Korean giant.
Samsung was founded as a grocery trading store on March 1, 1938, by Lee Byung-Chull. It was started in Taegu, Korea, trading noodles, dried fish, groceries, and other goods produced in and around the city and exporting them to China and its provinces. It was until about 20 years later that it expanded to other areas.
After the Korean War, Lee Byung-Chull expanded his business into textiles and opened the largest woolen mill in Korea. His focus was heavily on industrialization with the goal of helping his country redevelop itself after the war.
During that period his business benefited from the new protectionist policies adopted by the Korean government, whose aim was to help large domestic conglomerates (chaebol) by shielding them from the competition and providing them easy financing.
- And where is Samsung’s headquarters?
Samsung is a South Korean multinational conglomerate headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul, South Korea. Samsung is the largest South Korean chaebol (business conglomerate).
- The name Samsung was built from the Korean words SAM meaning (three) and SUNG (stars). The tri-star symbol (三星) in Samsung’s logo is referenced to gods in Korean culture which are in charge of Glory, Luck, and Longevity.
- The ellipse in the Samsung logo represents the universe.
- The S and G on the latest Samsung logo are almost out of the ellipse which portrays Samsung is always pushing boundaries.
- The Samsung SCH-100 released back in 1996, was the very first phone to utilize CDMA technology.
- The first computer by Samsung was created in 1980.
Did you know Samsung isn’t just known for manufacturing mobile phones? Well, here are other products that Samsung offers.
- LCD and LED panels
- Mobile phones
- NAND flash
- Solid-state Drive (SSD)
- Televisions (LCD, PDP, CRT, LED)
- Digital cameras
- Lithium-ion batteries
- LCD monitors
- Active-matrix OLED
As you may already know, Samsung has subsidiaries. Yes, not just Samsung or Samsung Electronics, here are other subsidiaries of Samsung:
- Aeon Display and Security System
- Samsung Card
- Caribbean Bay
- Cheil Industries
- Cheil Worldwide
- Samsung Digital Imaging
- Samsung Economic Research Institute
- Samsung Electro-Mechanics
- Samsung Engineering
- Everland Resort
- Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance
- Samsung Heavy Industries
- Hotel Shilla
- Samsung India Software Centre
- Samsung R&D Institute India, Bangalore
- Samsung Life Insurance
- Samsung Medical Center
- OpenTide Korea
- Samsung Electronics
- SB LiMotive
- Samsung SDS
- Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology
In 1999. Samsung was the first pioneer to build a watch that doubled as a phone. It was dubbed the Samsung SPH-WP10.
- Instead of making PDAs (handheld little computers) as opposed to other manufacturers, Samsung combined that and made it a cellphone that looked more portable and mobile.
- Samsung’s revenue makes up 17% of South Korea’s entire GPD
- Samsung’s headquarters called Samsung Digital City spans 389 acres of land with 3 tall buildings and 131 small ones and over 35,000 people actually work daily.
- Samsung overtook Nokia’s position in 2012 and also, Samsung is the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world in terms of unit sales.
- The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone went on sale on 19 August 2016. In early September 2016, Samsung suspended sales of the phone and announced a recall after some units of the phones had batteries with a defect that caused them to produce excessive heat, leading to fires and explosions. Samsung recalled about 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones worldwide and has also permanently ended the production of the phone.
- In 2017, Samsung acquired Harman International which makes earbuds and speakers under many brand names such as AKG, Harman Kardon, JBL, Lexicon, Bang & Olufsen, BSS Audio, etc
- Samsung used to produce printers for both consumers and businesses. They exited the printer business and sold their printer division to HP in Fall 2017.
- Samsung sells about a 100 TVs every minute.
- Samsung launched its first full HD 3D LED television in March 2010.
- As of 2015, Samsung smart televisions run an operating system customized from the open-source Linux-based Tizen OS.
- In 2010, Samsung started marketing the 320Gb-per-disk HDD, the largest in the industry. Following financial losses, the hard disk division was sold to Seagate in 2011 in return for a 9.6% ownership stake in Seagate.
- In 2016, Samsung also launched to market a 15.36TB SSD with a price tag of US$10,000 using a SAS interface, using a 2.5-inch form factor but with the thickness of 3.5-inch drives. This was the first time a commercially available SSD had more capacity than the largest currently available HDD.
- In 2018, Samsung introduced to market a 30.72 TB SSD using a SAS interface.
- In 2019, Samsung introduced SSDs capable of 8 GB/s sequential read and write speeds and 1.5 million IOPS, capable of moving data from damaged chips to undamaged chips, to allow the SSD to continue working normally, albeit at a lower capacity.
- Samsung’s best selling mobile phone ever is the Samsung E1100 which sold 150 million units from 2009 to 2012. It’s also the 8th best selling mobile phone of all time.
- Samsung has sold over 2 billion Galaxy phones, not counting the Tablets and other models.
- Samsung’s best selling smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy S4 with 80 million total sales. It’s also the best selling Samsung smartphone of all time, the best selling Android-based phone of all time, and the third-best-selling smartphone ever.
- As of 2014, the Samsung had 489,000 employees which was more than Google, Apple and Microsoft combined.
- Samsung’s sub-company, SAMSUNG TECHWIN, built the K9 Thunder (Anti infantry tank that can deliver a high rate of fire and shoot projectiles at long range, up to 40km) and the SGR-A1 (a robotic machine gun that can automatically identify and shoot a target from 3.2km away ).
- One of Samsung’s businesses called Samsung Heavy Industries is into big engineering projects, makes large cranes and is actually one of the biggest ship builders in the world.
- Samsung’s ship building center is 400,000,000 (400 million) square feet which is equal to about 5,204 football fields put together.
- Interestingly, the primary constructor of the tallest building or structure in the world since 2009, the Burj Khalifa, was built by Samsung C&T Corporation (Construction & Trading Corporation) of South Korea.
And to make this more interesting, the Engineering & Construction Group of Samsung C&T also had roles in notable skyscraper projects, like
- Petronas Towers (Previously the tallest building in the world until 2009)
- PNB 118 in Malaysia (Once completed, it will be the second tallest building in the world after the Burj Khalifa)
- Saudi Stock Exchange Tadawul Tower in Saudi Arabia
- Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi
- Korea’s Incheon International Airport
- The construction of the third terminal of Shahjalal International Airport of Dhaka
- According to Forbe’s, The World’s Most Valuable Brand List, Samsung is #7.
- In 2018, Samsung became the world’s biggest advertiser.
- Samsung supplies about 90 percent of the OLEDs used in iPhones.
- Samsung secured more patents than any other company worldwide with 7670 U.S. patents. Samsung has over 300,000 active patents.
And here’s why I am sad but happy right now.
Samsung had a chance to buy the Android OS but decided not to. In 2004 when the Android team needed funding and approached Samsung in Korea with their plans for an OS designed for mobile phones, Samsung executives turned them down.
Two weeks later, in early 2005, Andrew E. Rubin and the Android team visited Google, which decided to buy the startup for $50 million. Google and the Android team developed the OS and officially launched it in October 2008.
The rest is history.
- Did you know Samsung has its own Basketball sports team in South Korea called Samsung Thunders? Well, it’s one of the facts you didn’t know about Samsung.
Here’s another interesting fact about Samsung.
- Do you know Samsung has a dog house that’s costlier than most people’s apartments?
Well, Samsung has a dog house called Samsung Dream DogHouse and the most interesting thing about it is that it costs a whopping $30,000. That’s right, 30K dollars!
It was displayed at Crufts 2015 and Samsung calls it the ‘dog kennel of the future‘
Here are some cool features of the Samsung Dream DogHouse that will make you buy it.
- It comes with features like a soft doggie treadmill
- A Samsung tablet
- A hydrotherapy pool for your cute pet
- An interior with bones and dogs printed on the wall
- It also has an automatic feeder that ejects food whenever your dog pushes a special button
- Samsung made South Korea’s Air force first ever fighter jet, the KF-16.
- Samsung is very focused on creating as much as possible in house, around 90% of Samsung equipment is made in Samsung factories.
- Samsung created the digital TV in 1998, the Watch phone and MP3 phone in 1999, the 3D home theater in 2010 and the world’s first curved smartphone display in 2013.
- Samsung’s Galaxy S8 was the first device to use the flagship AI Bixby voice assistant system.
- Lee Kun Hee the chairman of Samsung made staff create a pile of 150,000 phone and fax machines before destroying them in front of the crowd to make a point about the new era of quality-driven products.
- The first 3G call made from the Summit of Mt. Everest was with a Samsung Galaxy phone. – Source
- In 2014, a man killed his Thai girlfriend in their home with a Samsung Tablet after forbidding her to go on Facebook. – Source
- Samsung owns the biggest credit card company in South Korea. It’s called Samsung Card. – Source
- Samsung smartphones come with a built-in FM radio feature/chip, but turn it off in order to profit from streaming data through cellular providers. – Source
- A man asked Samsung for a phone in exchange for a drawing he made of a dinosaur. Funny enough, Samsung actually sent him a phone with the drawing printed on the phone case. Source
- The Samsung SPH-N270 or Matrix phone is a bar-style mobile phone released in 2003. The design crew of the Matrix worked closely with Samsung to develop a phone whose features and release date would coincide with the movie.
- The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the first phone in the world to use the Gorilla Glass 7 glass
- The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has the highest screen to body ratio on any Samsung currently
And this is where I’m going to wrap it up. You now know a lot of fact about Samsung than Albert Einstein.
These are just the coolest facts about Samsung I bet you didn’t know.
Well, let’s hear your feedback in the comments section. What’s your favourite fact about Samsung?