The Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV continues to be a very hot topic – worldwide, of course, but particularly in China. Contagion cases have risen above 17,000according to the latest official numbers, and the deaths are 361. Events are postponed and canceled, predictions are beginning to be made about the potential economic consequences, and many companies have decided to close their factories or stores, such as Apple and Xiaomi. Many, however, not all: today Reuters reports that the factories in Huawei and some suppliers, such as YMTC (Yangtze Memory Technologies Corp) and SMIC (Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp), continue to work normally.
HUAWEI, SPECIAL PERMIT TO CONTINUE TO PRODUCE
Huawei had closed its plant in the city of Dongguan (located in the southern area of Guangdong province, a thousand km away from Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic) in recent days, but has managed to obtain a special permit from the government to resume activities. Consumer electronics devices and network equipment have returned to being mass produced, explained the Chinese giant.
SUPPLIERS NEVER STOP
The two suppliers, however, have basically never stopped, not even during the Chinese New Year holidays. YMTC said none of its employees show symptoms of contagion, and that they have organized some preventive measures to protect their safety. SMIC said that its plants must remain in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, to guarantee compliance with deliveries.
MI 10 AND BLACK SHARK 3 PRESENTED ONLINE
Meanwhile, the possibility, already feared in recent days, that is becoming more concrete the new Xiaomi Mi 10 will be presented only online, and the same fate will fall to the third generation of Black Shark. There is no official statement yet, but the CEO of Black Shark itself has asked fans for an opinion on Weibo on how to organize a satisfying online event. It therefore seems quite plausible that if the idea is very concrete for a sub-brand it is also for the main one.
SHIPPING OF IPHONE REDUCED BY 10%
Finally, Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the iPhone shipments for the first quarter in 2020 will be lower than 10% expectations (between 36 and 40 million units, therefore) precisely because of the virus – more specifically, because of the supplier factories closed to try to contain the epidemic as much as possible. It is more difficult to make reliable estimates for the following quarter, given that the situation is changing rapidly and day by day.
SCARSIT OF ROG PHONE II
ASUS announced on its Indian Twitter channel that the flagship gaming phone could be difficult to find in the near future. It is not clear whether the information concerns only the Indian market or all of them. For what it's worth, it's still available on the official Italian shop for now.