Samsung Electronics claims that smartphone production has stopped in its last factory in China.
In an emailed statement on Friday, Samsung said it “has reached the difficult decision to stop Samsung Electronics Huizhou’s operations” in China at the end of September.
It says the decision is part of its continuing efforts to make the production facilities more effective. The company says to withdraw under the relevant laws of China following appropriate processes. Last year, Samsung shut down another factory in Tianjin, China.
South Korean media say the end of mobile phone production by Samsung in the world’s largest smartphone market is due in part to increasing labor costs in China.
Meanwhile, Samsung recently launched Galaxy Fold in the Indian market and will begin taking pre-bookings for the handset from October 4.
The pre-booking will take place online in 35 cities through the Samsung eShop and offline through select 315 outlets, including Bengaluru’s Samsung Opera House. Samsung Galaxy Fold’s shipments, however, will start from October 20.
The price for Samsung Galaxy Fold’s lone 12 GB RAM + 512 GB space model in India was set at Rs 1,64,999. The phone comes in the color choice of Cosmos Black.
Samsung Galaxy Fold features two screens-one at the front with a flat-screen and the other at the front with a foldable model. While the front screen has a 4.6-inch Super AMOLED panel with HD+ resolutions (840×1960 pixels) and a 21:9 aspect ratio, a 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Dynamic AMOLED panel with a 4.2:3 aspect ratio QXGA+ resolution (1536×2152 pixels).
Samsung Galaxy Fold runs a modified One UI skin on top of Android 9 Pie. An octa-core SoC powered the mobile, coupled with 12 GB of RAM. It also comes with an internal storage space of 512 GB. Remember the space can not be extended.