Ten Surprising Facts About Samsung
Almost everyone is familiar with the Samsung name because of the dizzying volume and variety of tech gadgets that the South Korean company produces. But Samsung Electronics represents far more than tablets, smartphones and other digital-aged products. In fact, it started out as a trade company that sold dried fish, vegetables and fruit to Manchuria and Beijing in the late 1930s and early 1940s. It has since emerged as the world's leader in mobile phone shipments, with nearly 216 million last year—more than the next three sellers combined, according to industry research, which shows Apple approaching 140 million shipments. Samsung lists 145 products on its Website under "cell phones," compared to Apple's three, according to BusinessInsider.com. Samsung Electronics also sells flash memory, printers, cameras, camcorders, hard drives, batteries and semiconductors, as well as those eyebrow-raising big-screen TVs that can be as large as 85 inches. So if you want to find out some interesting tidbits about this consumer tech giant, check out this slideshow, which also includes a few of the latest factoids on Samsung's mobile products.