TrendForce said that in the first quarter of 2020, global smartphone production expected to decline by 12 percent year on year to 275 million units due to the corona virus outbreak that killed more than a thousand people.
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Researchers at Canalys report that the scheduled suppliers, the launch of new products will be cancelled or postponed. Because most major handset vendors either have factories in China or source key components from the world's most populous country, practically everyone's numbers are expected to decline in Q1 2020 compared to the January - March 2019 timeframe. IDC forecasts a 30 percent drop.More news: Virtual reality reunites mother with her dead daughter
Apple said it would extend retail store closures in China, and no opening date has yet been announced.
Huawei, China's largest smartphone seller, said its manufacturing capacity is "working normally" without specifying more.
Moreover, if factories fail to restore and continue their production in its fullest capacity, it would further prevent brands from bringing forth their newer products to the market. Chinese smartphone manufacturers such as Xiaomi, Huawei and OPPO should release flagship devices in the first half of the year.More news: World Health Organization head sees chance to stop virus which poses 'grave' threat
Oppo told Reuters that while the impact of the virus will affect operations at some local factories, "manufacturing capacity can be guaranteed effectively" thanks to its plants overseas.
Marketing activities relating to new product launches also are being curtailed.
Samsung Electronics, the world's leading smartphone maker, is seen as the least affected by the virus outbreak, as its main production base is in Vietnam, according to the report, reducing its production forecasts by only 3 percent to 71.5 million units. The research firm readjusted iPhone production by 10 percent to 41 million units, while Huawei's production forecast was revised down to by 15 percent to 42.5 million units.More news: Ireland impress in hugely significant bonus point win over Wales