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In just a quarter, global smartphone production declined by 11%

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Recent outbreaks of COVID-19 in India, Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries have negatively impacted the global smartphone market in terms of production and demand. This is the conclusion reached by the specialists of the analytical company TrendForce, who processed the data for the second quarter. According to their calculations, the world production of smartphones in the second quarter of this year fell by 11% compared to the previous quarter and amounted to 307 million units. This figure corresponds to an annualized growth of about 10%. In the first half of the year, a total of 652 million devices were released, which is almost 18% more than in the first half of 2020, when the pandemic was in its initial phase.

Most smartphones in the second quarter – 58.5 million units – were released by Samsung. However, this figure is 23.5% less than in the first quarter. With India and Vietnam accounting for most of Samsung’s smartphone manufacturing capacity, the COVID-19 outbreaks in both countries in the second quarter had a significant impact on production. However, analysts are confident that this year Samsung will remain the leading smartphone manufacturer. The South Korean giant now holds 19.0% of the market, and is forecast to grow to 20.3% in the current quarter.

Oppo’s smartphone production fell 6.6% to 49.5 million units, including the volumes of the Realme and OnePlus sub-brands. Xiaomi smartphones were released in the second quarter of 49.5 million units, down 2% from the previous quarter. The source clarifies that Xiaomi’s production volume includes devices of the Redmi, POCO and Black Shark sub-brands. On an annualized basis, Oppo increased production by 80%, Xiaomi – by almost 70%.

Apple iPhone smartphone production hit its lowest level in a year. Compared to the previous quarter, iPhone production fell 22.2% to about 42 million units. As a result, Apple slipped into fourth place.

With regard to global smartphone production for the entire year 2021, TrendForce analysts have revised their previous forecast downward. If earlier they counted on growth compared to 2020 by 8.5%, to 1.36 billion pieces, now they expect an increase of 7.3%, to 1.345 billion pieces.

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Geely founder sets up a smartphone manufacturing venture

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Chinese carmaker Geely, which owns Volvo, has announced that its chairman Eric Li, also known as Li Shufu, is setting up a new company that will make premium smartphones.

Founder Zhejiang Geely Holding’s new venture will aim to launch its first smartphone by 2023 and sell 3 million units in the first year.

Lee had previously made futuristic bets on ventures such as flying cars and helicopter taxis. In a smartphone market that is no longer growing in China, the new company will have to compete with Apple, Xiaomi and other established manufacturers.

Notably, smartphone makers are looking to enter the electric vehicle market, realizing that the smartphone boom is coming to an end. However, Geely is the first car manufacturer to try to move in the opposite direction.

The company said in a statement to Reuters that the new company will be called Hubei Xingji Shidai Technology Co Ltd and that it has already signed an agreement with the Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone to establish a headquarters in the central city of Wuhan. Li owns 55% of Xingji Shidai. The project will be financed with an investment of $ 1.55 billion.

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Now it is clear why the bangs in the iPhone 13 Pro have become smaller. IFixit specialists disassembled the new product and assessed its maintainability

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IFixit specialists have published a complete material on the disassembly of the new iPhone 13 Pro. The smartphone received 5 points out of 10 possible for maintainability, which is a normal rating for a modern device made of glass and metal.

Disassembly clearly showed how much the cameras of the new iPhone are larger than last year. There are more sensors themselves and lenses.

Now it's clear why the bangs in the iPhone 13 Pro have become smaller.  IFixit specialists disassembled the new product and assessed its maintainability

iPhone 13 Pro left

The battery capacity is 11.97 Wh versus 10.78 Wh in the iPhone 12 Pro and 12.54 Wh in the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Now it is clear why the bangs in the iPhone 13 Pro have become smaller.  IFixit specialists disassembled the new product and assessed its maintainability

The very compact motherboard houses the Apple A15 Bionic SoC, combined with 6 GB of RAM manufactured by Hynix, an Apple U1 module, an Apple APL1098 power controller, modules, Skyworks SKY58276-17 and Skyworks SKY58271-19, a Kiokia flash memory chip, a Qualcomm SDX60 5G modem and a number of other elements.

Now it is clear why the bangs in the iPhone 13 Pro have become smaller.  IFixit specialists disassembled the new product and assessed its maintainability

iPhone 13 Pro bottom

It is also clearly visible, due to which the notorious bangs have decreased. The components have become closer to each other and have slightly changed their location.

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Samsung twice rejected in the US for more chips for smartphones

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Samsung mobile head Tae Moon Roh (TM Roh) confirmed that he has made two work visits to the United States this year to obtain more stocks of chips and application processors needed to make smartphones.

According to TheElec, Tae Moon Ro met with major component manufacturers in the US to get more chips and asked major partners to increase shipments for the South Korean tech giant. However, according to sources close to this, the trips did not end as Samsung planned.

The first trip was made in March, the second took place in July. The source also added that the president of Samsung Mobile visited the headquarters of the global SoC maker in July and asked for additional chips, but was ultimately denied.

The component maker responded to Tae Moon Ro that the company also wants to increase its total supply, but cannot yet increase shipments for Samsung. The source adds that Tae Moon Ro was also accompanied by the vice president, who stayed in the United States after the division head’s visit and returned to South Korea after staying there for about three months.

However, a company spokesman said that their trips still cannot be called completely unsuccessful, since they really led to the fact that the brand was able to increase sales a little.

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