The production of smartphones has been severely impacted because of the global chip shortage as well as rising cases of COVID-19 in some regions of Asia, reveals a new report coming from TrendMicro.
The report adds that in the second quarter of this year, smartphone production totaled 307 million units which is a significant drop of 11 percent compared to Q1 2021. However, when compared to Q2 2020, the numbers represent an increase of 10 percent.
Samsung, which has been dominating the smartphone market for years, was the largest smartphone manufacturer by production volume in the second quarter of the year, making 58.5 million units. Compared to the company’s production in the first quarter of 2020, this is a massive drop of 23.5 percent.
The company has production facilities in India and Vietnam which have been hit hard with the COVID-19 outbreak. The South Korean giant had to temporarily halt production in some local factories or scale back production.
Coming to Apple, the production of the iPhone declined in the second quarter of the year but that is normal given that the company entered a model transition phase. In the third quarter, the Cupertino-based giant launches its new iPhone model and this time, it is set to launch the iPhone 13 series in the coming days.
The production of the iPhone went down 22 percent quarter-on-quarter to 42 million units. If the companies are to be ranked based on the production numbers, then Apple is moved to the fourth position, but it’ll make a comeback in the third and fourth quarter.
With Samsung getting the top position and Apple ranking fourth, Chinese smartphone makers OPPO and Xiaomi have secured the second and third position based on the smartphone units produced in Q2 2021. Both the companies produced 49.5 million units each and the count includes their sub-brands.
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