Last night time at midnight, India began a 21-day coronavirus lockdown till April 14. People aren’t allowed to come back out of their homes and every little thing besides important providers has been shuttered.
Smartphone makers in India had been additionally fast to react to the lockdown announcement. Many of them have delayed new launches, whereas some have halted gross sales of newly launched gadgets.
Xiaomi was the primary to announce that it’ll be delaying the sale of the lately launched Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. The firm’s Mi Home retail shops will even stay shut and it’ll cease all residence deliveries throughout the lockdown interval.
In gentle of the present scenario, we’re taking all the required steps to help to authorities in stopping the unfold of #COVID19
Abiding by the lockdown guidelines, all our Mi Homes might be shut & we received’t offer residence supply quickly.
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) March 24, 2020
Xiaomi can also be on monitor to launch the Mi 10 collection in India on March 31. However, we’re unsure if it’ll proceed with its plans now that the entire nation is below lockdown.
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Meanwhile, Vivo and Realme have postponed the launch of their new telephones.
Vivo was purported to launch the V19 in India at the moment. However, the corporate has reportedly (h/t Devices360) delayed the launch owing to the scenario.
Realme has additionally postpone the launch of its new Narzo collection of telephones along with all different upcoming launches.
With respect to the announcement made by our Honourable Prime Minister yesterday, now we have determined to droop all upcoming launches together with #realmeNarzo collection.
Time for us to concentrate on our household & ourselves. Stay at residence, keep secure & cooperate with native authorities. pic.twitter.com/4FmdanvgHL
— Madhav 5G (@MadhavSheth1) March 25, 2020
Companies like Samsung, Apple, and OnePlus haven’t but responded to the lockdown announcement. However, they’re additionally anticipated to carry off any new gadget bulletins in India till April 14.
Smartphone gross sales and manufacturing suspended
Large e-commerce portals like Amazon and Flipkart have additionally suspended gross sales in India. This signifies that Indian customers seeking to make any form of tech purchases, together with smartphones, won’t be have the ability to take action via these on-line portals.
Also, not one of the bodily smartphone retail shops might be open throughout the lockdown interval, therefore we don’t count on folks to purchase new telephones throughout this time. The authorities might make exceptions within the coming days, however for now, that is the place we stand.
Smartphone manufacturing in India can also be set to take a success. Samsung, Apple, and Motorola have already suspended all smartphone manufacturing and meeting in India.
“Delaying device launches or supply is very much owing to the demand which has declined significantly in the wake of lockdown. Additionally, there is lack of clarity among services that need to be prioritized and subsequent movement across state borders,” Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Counterpoint Research informed wire service IANS.
The subsequent few weeks will certainly be difficult for smartphone gamers in India. We’ll preserve an in depth eye on how issues form up within the nation and preserve you knowledgeable of any extra modifications in smartphone launch plans.