Samsung opens world's largest smartphone manufacturing facility in India

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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Samsung Electronics has opened what it is calling the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturing facility. Located in Noida, India, on the outskirts of New Delhi, the factory will nearly double Samsung’s Noida unit capacity from around 68 million units a year to 120 million annually according to a report from Bloomberg.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in jointly inaugurated the new factory.

Most major markets around the globe have become saturated with mobile devices, resulting in a slowdown of sales. Those in India have been a bit slower to hop aboard the bandwagon, however, which now makes the region a prime sales target.

According to International Data Corp, India’s smartphone market grew 14 percent last year to 124 million units, the fastest rate of growth among the top 20 markets. Faisal Kawoosa, who leads new initiatives at researcher CMR Pvt, noted the country has a population of around 1.3 billion people but only 425 million are smartphone users.

Samsung’s new factory will build both low-end handsets starting under $100 as well as flagship devices like the Galaxy S9.

The expansion, which will be completed in phases, should be wrapped up by 2020.

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Jack007

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Since they got to India first apple will be left behind. Its true that there arent many markets that arent saturated and India seems to be the biggest untouched market. This is a big jump for Samsung which I doubt any other phone makers can catch up with
 

Abraka

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Great, another argument not to buy Samsung. After having so many problems with batteries and other stuff they have now decided to open a factory in the most unreliable botch-producing country in the world. I understand that workforce price is important, but quality should be important too. How about opening a factory in North Korea? I'm sure they have cheap workforce. Or even better, in Kongo? Very cheap workforce.