In the last few months the media have talked about the shortage of semiconductors again and again. This is currently affecting many industries, and unfortunately that of smartphones is not spared. Some manufacturers have already mentioned the impact this deficiency could have on their productions. And recently, Samsung also admitted that this crisis could affect the production and sales of its smartphones.
As reported by Reuters, the Korean giant recently discussed its forecast for the second quarter of 2021. And the good news is that chip manufacturing profits are expected to rise. While the world is facing a shortage, the demand is very high and many players are trying to secure inventory of components to cope with this situation.
In the case of smartphones, however, production and sales are likely to decline in the coming months due to bottlenecks in some components. “Due to the global shortage of semiconductors, some products and displays are also experiencing production disruptions,” said Ben Suh, executive vice president of investor relations at Samsung. This drop in sales is also due to a drop in sales of premium devices.
As a reminder: With the release of the Galaxy S21 and its variants, Samsung was able to increase sales of mobile devices in the first quarter. In the second quarter, however, it is possible that these new smartphones will no longer sell as well.
Samsung had already mentioned the shortage of semiconductors. In particular, he had indicated that he might not be introducing any new Galaxy Note smartphones this year due to these restrictions.
Apple has already mentioned a problem for iPads and Macs
The semiconductor shortage doesn’t just affect Samsung. Like the Korean giant, Apple is struggling to find certain components for its products. And recently the Cupertino company mentioned a lack of components that could affect some products.
While Apple seemed to be able to meet demand so far, it stated a few days ago that restrictions could appear in the coming months that would affect the production of Macs and iPads. And that situation could result in a deficit of between $ 3 billion and $ 4 billion.
Xiaomi, on the other hand, has already indicated that this is not a defect, but an extreme defect. In addition, a price increase caused by the defect cannot be ruled out for the products of this Chinese manufacturer.
“To be honest, we’ll do our best to give consumers the best possible price. But sometimes, in different cases, we have to pass some of the increased costs on to the consumer, ”an official said in March.
Qualcomm, a major supplier of chips for smartphones, was reassuring and suggested that the return to normal could be faster for certain categories of components. And TSMC, the Taiwanese founder, has already announced a very ambitious investment plan to increase production capacity.