Galaxy S10's antenna and camera parts may be trusted to Chinese suppliers
Samsung will apparently be ramping up Chinese suppliers' participation in the Galaxy S10 project in order to keep costs in check. This way it may be able to deliver models that will be successful not only in terms of consumer attraction and sales but also for the bottom line.
Its mobile department profits suffered a bit this transitional year when the Galaxy S9 wasn't accepted as a meaningful upgrade over its predecessor, and the empty upgrade cycle was compounded by stats that users are keeping their older phones much longer than before.
For the S10 models, however, Samsung will eventually be moving the procurement of the various antennas inside from the local company Amotech to the big guns across the peninsula. The same goes for the S10 camera lens. The company used Chinese lens from Sunny for the first time in trial S9 batches, then fully in the Note 9, and now the S10 will follow.
Not only are the parts cheaper to source, but Samsung is now of the opinion that the quality has greatly improved in recent years, so there is no point in paying more for the same thing. According to one industry exec: