The first Samsung smartphone created via ODM by Chinese company Huaqin was unveiled on Dec. 18. The Galaxy A01 was applied with the Qualcomm Snap Dragon 439 and 2GB RAM.
It runs on the Android 9.0, weighs 168g and costs under $200. Specs include a 5.7-inch Infinity-V display, a rear, dual-camera of a combined 15 million pixels a 5-million front camera. Battery capacity is 3000mAh.
Indian press Gadgets Now priced the Galaxy A01 at 7990 rupiahs, which is around KRW 130,000 won. This is cheaper than the Galaxy A10s costing 8499 rupiahs, or KRW 138,000 won. Gadget Now also said the Galaxy A01 is expected to be launched in India on March 26, 2020.
As the A01 was approved by the US Federal Communications Commission, it can technically be released in the US as well.
Huaqin was included in Samsung’s list of ODM suppliers after the South Korean tech giant announced that it would be upping the amount of ODM-produced smartphones next year in a bid to cut costs in the face of intensifying competition from rival companies. So far, China’s Wingtech had been Samsung’s most frequent collaborator. Wingtech produced the Galaxy A6s last year and the Galaxy A20s this year, via ODM.
Huaqin, on the other hand, has mostly been producing ODM phones for Huawei, Xiaomi and LG Electronics. According to market research firm IHS Markit, Huaqin was No.2 in the Chinese smartphone ODM production by producing 85 million handsets. At first place was Wingtech with 90 million.
Intel has also been upping investment in Huaqin. Last week, the Chinese supplier secured 1 billion yuan (KRW 170 billion) from Series B round funding. Both Intel and Qualcomm took part in the funding. Intel has also invested in Huaqin in 2017 in Series A round funding.
“Despite it all, Samsung won’t rush to hand over bulks of orders to one company,” said one industry watcher. “The decision will be made based on the quality of the supplier.” Other than Huaqin, Longcheer and CNCE has established corporations in Korea and is looking for ODM orders.
The Galaxy A01 is the third in the Galaxy A lineup for 2020 following the release of the A51 and the A71 in Vietnam. These two were produced by Samsung on its own.
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