Samsung reduces smartphone camera lens orders for Q2 2020
The Galaxy S20 series is not selling well, at least compared to Samsung’s previous-generation flagship phones, and it is not a secret anymore. The company reported a drop in smartphone sales in its financial results for the first quarter of 2020 and said that it expects sluggish demand for mobile phones for the next quarter. Now, it is being reported that the South Korean firm has reduced orders for smartphone camera lenses.According to a new report from Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, Samsung has reduced orders for smartphone camera lenses from its supplier Largan by as much as 30 percent for Q2 2020. So, we can expect the company to sell fewer smartphones during the current quarter. Largan Precision is a Chinese firm that makes camera lens modules of mobile phones, tablets, and digital cameras.Largan supplies camera lenses for the Galaxy S20 series. Although Samsung is blaming the COVID-19 crisis as the reason for lower Galaxy S20 sales, industry experts claim that there could be more reasons. The disappointing performance of the Exynos 990 SoC and shorter battery life might have swayed people away from the company’s latest flagship phones.Sales of the company’s flagship smartphones have been falling amicably year-on-year since the Galaxy S9. On the other hand, the company managed to sell more Galaxy Z Flip units than it expected, thanks to a unique form factor that not only brings back the nostalgia of flip phones but also offers high-end features and a premium design.The smartphone market is expected to rebound in the second half of this year once the COVID-19 lockdowns start to ease. It is also the time frame when Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy Note 20 with the improved Exynos 992 SoC. The company will also launch the second-generation Galaxy Fold smartphone with better cameras, a larger (and smoother) screen, and a lower price.