China is famous as the “factory of the world”. It is in the Middle Kingdom that a large part of electronic equipment is manufactured, including Google Pixel phones. The American giant, however, decided to partially abandon production in China. Choosing a new place may surprise you.
The information was disclosed by journalists New York Timesawho posted detailed report on how American technology companies give up cooperation with Chinese factories. It’s a slow and gradual process, but the New York newspaper says it will progress faster and faster as tensions between the US and China increase.
Pixel 7 will be manufactured in Vietnam
The New York Times information shows that Google will move the production of some components of its latest flagship Pixel 7 to Vietnam. Originally, the entire phone was to be assembled in China, but now it is known that more than half of the parts used in the production of the smartphone will be manufactured in Vietnamese factories.
According to the New York Times Several factors influenced the decision made by the American giant. In addition to the already mentioned political issues related to possible behind-the-scenes pressures from the US government, China is currently facing a pandemic problem. The zero-tolerance policy for COVID-19 causes more cities and ports to be closed, which disrupts logistics chains and causes significant delays in the production of Google’s phones.
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Sino-Vietnamese relations at risk
China and Vietnam have had strained relations for a long time. They have improved in recent years, but the two nations still dislike each other as a result of the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese war. More and more Western electronics manufacturing companies are relocating their factories from China. This also applies to manufacturers of mobile devices – for example Apple produces iPads and Apple Watche in India.
The New York Times suggests that Google Pixel 7 is just the beginning of changes on the mobile device market. If more and more phone makers move their factories to Vietnam, this could jeopardize the fragile Sino-Vietnamese relationship. We will see how Google’s decision will translate into the quality of manufactured smartphones.
Tomasz Bobusia, journalist of Komórkomania
Source: Komórkomania.pl – aktualności ze świata smartfonów i tabletów by komorkomania.pl.
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