Samsung is working on many new products and services. In the second half of the year, we can expect a couple of foldable smartphones: the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. More mid-range Galaxy phones are also lining up, but it looks like there may be some changes to the schedule. The Galaxy Note 21 series is believed to be canceled this year due to chip shortages. This problem seems to extend to other lines as there really is a lack of mobile app processors.
Samsung Galaxy A phones generally run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors. There are phones loaded with Snapdragon 720G and 750G chipsets. These chips are now also used in some Xiaomi and Redmi phones.
Apparently, there is a challenge in procurement according to a fountain which supplies some parts to Samsung. The production of the Galaxy A series phones is said to be delayed.
This is not surprising because there really is a shortage of chips. It will continue until the end of 2021 according to Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon. He noted that there is a “Global imbalance between supply and demand for semiconductors” which can be considered serious.
It has been a challenge for most tech companies. Xiaomi may pass high costs on to consumers due to chip shortages. The Google Pixel 5a phone may lag as well. This chip shortage is the result of several things, including the temporary closure of a Samsung Electronics plant in Austin due to the cold snap. In Taiwan, there was a drought and a power outage that caused problems in TSMC’s operations.
Now there is a higher demand for chips and chipmakers cannot deliver the supply quickly. Hopefully this will end soon and things should get back to normal.