Smartphone companies faced supply shortages throughout 2021. But still, the top brands manage to ship millions of units. In fact, according to a new report, Samsung produced around 300 million units.
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A report by The Elec (via SamMobile) says that Samsung manufactured approximately 300 million units of smartphones in 2021. Out of these, about 238.8 million units were produced by the company itself, while over 60 million units were made by ODMs.
For the unaware, some of the budget Samsung-branded Galaxy smartphones are produced by ODMs (Original Design Manufacturer) like Wingtech and Huaqin. These two firms are based out of China.
Further, the report goes on saying that although Samsung put together a little over 300 million smartphones, it may have only shipped around late-200 million units. Because production units take about 1-2 months to reach distributors and telcos.
The firm actually targeted to ship 300 million units in 2021. It could have been possible if it weren’t for manufacturing issues in Vietnam due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This also resulted in low sales of the Galaxy S21 series.
The Galaxy S21 family is said to be the worst-selling Galaxy S series devices in history. The company only managed to ship around mid-20 million units throughout last year. Usually, the Galaxy S lineup accounts for 35-40 million units in shipments in a year.
The report states that the firm focused on shipping the Galaxy A and the Galaxy M series of phones in 2021 by diversifying its component supply chain. Finally, it concludes by noting that Samsung aims to ship 334 million units of smartphones in 2022. Out of which, 285 million units will be from its own production, while the remaining will be from ODMs.