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- Branded phone vendors like Apple and Xiaomi use companies like Foxconn in the background for the purposes of product assembly and – in some cases – design work too. The branded vendors are known as OEMs, while the assemblers are known as ODMs.
- Over 70% of smartphones come from China but this includes semi knock down (SKD) units assembled locally in India, Brazil, etc.
- Huawei uses multiple assembly partners like Taiwanese ODMs, Chinese ODMs, EMS’es and also assembles in-house. Apple partners with Taiwanese ODMs while OPPO, vivo and Samsung assembles in house.
- Foxconn is the largest global assembler (excluding in-house) while Huaqin is the largest Chinese assembler.