A trade dispute between Japan and South Korea threatens to hurt Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 production schedule, according to recent news from The Investor (via SamMobile). A Samsung representative purportedly told the outlet that the trade conflict may force it to cut down on Exynos chipset production for the upcoming Galaxy Note 10
Samsung’s Galaxy Note flagships are typically sold in EMEA regions with Samsung’s own Exynos chipsets, while utilizing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon variants for the U.S., Latin America, and China. The Investor said Korean chipmakers “rely heavily” on Japanese firms to produce their SoCs.
The Galaxy Note 10 is set to be unveiled on August 7 and expected to go on sale later that month. The Investor suggests Samsung may have to reduce production on the Galaxy Note 10’s Exynos chip (which is yet to be confirmed) by as much as 10 percent in its first month.
While we can’t predict exactly what effect that would have on the Galaxy Note 10, it’s possible that the production delay would mean Samsung can’t manufacture as many Note 10 units as it would like — potentially harming stock levels in certain regions. The U.S. would likely be unaffected in this scenario (these variants traditionally use Qualcomm chips), but European fans may find it a struggle to get hold of the Galaxy Note 10 next month.
The trade dispute is also expected to cause disruption in the foldable smartphone space.
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