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Smartphone ODM Shipments Fall

TAIPEI: Digitimes Research has cut its global smartphone shipment forecast for 2020 to 1.15 billion units, down 15.4pc from 2019’s 1.36 billion on impacts from the coronavirus pandemic.

Weak market demand will slow smartphone brands’ orders to original design manufacturers (ODMs), with overall smartphone shipments in 2020 expected to slip 13.6pc to 260 million units, according to Digitimes’ new smartphone report.

The worldwide top-three smartphone ODMs are China-based Wingtech, Huaqin and Longcheer, who are expected to continue expanding production capacities in China, South-East Asia and India in 2020.

Currently Apple and Vivo are still developing their smartphones completely in-house, forcing ODMs to push for 4G and 5G smartphone orders from brands such as Samsung Electronics, Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi and Lenovo.

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