The global chip shortage has finally hit one of the few companies that hasn’t been hit hard. On its social networks, Xiaomi from Indonesia revealed last weekend that the Redmi Note 10 smartphone is “sold out” and not available in the country, without giving further details as to why. However, the main hypothesis behind the discontinuation of production of the device in the country is that the manufacturer simply does not have enough chips.
The phone launched six months ago, equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 678 chip in its simplest version, the Redmi Note 10. That said, the Xiaomi from Indonesia is trying to redirect the demand from the out-of-stock smartphone to other more expensive devices in the line.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro, for example, is equipped with another processor chip, the Snapdragon 732G. The Redmi Note 10 5G and Redmi Note 10S models are also available. However, there is no guarantee that these versions will also not be out of stock. While Xiaomi has finished offering the Redmi Note 10 only in Indonesia, there are reports of low smartphone stocks around the world.
The reason for the stoppage of smartphone sales in Indonesia is not clearly explained. But the main and most likely reason for the device exhaustion in the country is the chip shortage that plagues the global tech market.
The pandemic has caused a shortage of chips around the world
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced several multi-company factories to temporarily close their doors to contain infections. Another factor to consider is the sanctions imposed by the United States (USA) on Chinese companies. As a result, chip makers outside of China are struggling to meet the huge demand for these parts.
It’s also worth mentioning that it’s not just smartphones that need chips. Other electronic components, such as notebooks and consoles, also suffer from component shortages, which have also reached the automotive sector.
Apparently, this crisis will continue to exist at least until the end of this year, although some analysts suggest that the reverse effect could occur soon, with chip production growing exponentially as factories reopen and all companies are desperately trying to meet the current huge demand.
With information: CNBC Indonesia