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Old 06-19-2013, 07:25 PM
 
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I was wondering if anyone knows of a decent smartphone made in Korea -I bought a galaxy tablet made in Korea -anyone out there with some recommendations for made in Korea smartphones?-I went to the Verizon store yesterday and the rude/unhelpful salesguy said everything is made in China and clearly did not care. Thanks
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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LG (North Korea) and Sony (not currently on Verizon) I think are your only choices right now.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:54 AM
 
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Rumor is that half of the Samsung Galaxy S4's are made in Korea and the other half are made in China. But you'll never get a salesperson to tell you where your S4 was manufactured.

I believe that HTC's are made in Taiwan and Nokia's are made in Finland. If you can wait, Motorola is scheduled to start selling this summer a new smartphone that's made in the United States.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:59 AM
 
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thanks dj-i will try to wait until summer for the motorola phone- wow a smartphone made in the USA!
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:32 AM
 
Location: 92037
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Most devices will be made in China, Mexico, some Samsung and LG in Korea.
Moto is 50/50 between ODMs in China and maybe US. But it might be a flagship device.

Sorry. Don't remember any US made devices off the top of my head.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Out in the Badlands
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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- wow a smartphone made in the USA!
I wouldn't bet on that. Not so sure if Motorola phones are built in the US and even so the parts probably come from overseas suppliers.
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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I wouldn't bet on that. Not so sure if Motorola phones are built in the US and even so the parts probably come from overseas suppliers.
http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/30/tech/mobile/motorola-moto-x-phone

Moto X is to be built in a former Nokia plant in Texas, 70% domestic "assembly" (whatever that means).

A lot of the parts that go into phones built in China aren't made in China. Welcome to the new world economy.
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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70% domestic "assembly" (whatever that means).
In short, it means that approximately 30% of the phone will already be assembled in other countries (possibly by the manufacturer of these parts) before being shipped to TX, and will be added to the rest of the parts (from all over the world) during assembly in TX.
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Old 06-20-2013, 02:59 PM
 
Location: 92037
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In short, it means that approximately 30% of the phone will already be assembled in other countries (possibly by the manufacturer of these parts) before being shipped to TX, and will be added to the rest of the parts (from all over the world) during assembly in TX.
Spot on here Skunk.

In many cases, the chipset and components on the PCB are pressed and assembled as one unit in China or Korea. Then when they come even over here to Mexico as an example, they are fully assembled.

One of the reasons they do this is because tariffs. If only X amount of the phone can assmebled overseas without getting dinged as a 'phone' then those tariffs can be avoided.

Very similar with autos as well.
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