Jul 9, 2018

Samsung pivots to India with "world's largest mobile factory"

Samsung president of mobile communications business DJ Koh. Photo: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Samsung has opened the “world’s largest mobile factory” in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India on Monday, veering away from Chinese investment, the company announced in a press release Monday.

The details: The South Korean giant will nearly double capacity for cell phones from 68 million a year to 120 million. Expansion is expected to be completed by 2020.

Our thought bubble: Expanding investment in India is nothing new for Samsung, or other tech companies like Apple, says Axios’ Ina Fried. It’s not like India is a global manufacturing hub; rather, the investment in India is a requirement to sell smartphones people there can actually afford. Phones made outside India are subject to big tariffs.

Per Bloomberg: “Last year, India overtook the U.S. to become the world’s second-largest smartphone market after China. There will be 780 million connected smartphones in 2021, compared with 359 million in 2016, according to a study by Cisco Systems.”

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Coronavirus cases rise, as more Americans on cruise confirmed ill

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

A U.S. public health official confirms more than 40 Americans on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan have coronavirus, while the remaining U.S. citizens without symptoms are being evacuated.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,770 people and infected almost 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China. Taiwan confirmed its first death on Sunday, per multiple reports, in a 61-year-old man with underlying health conditions. Health officials were investigating how he became ill.

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Scoop: Inside the Trump campaign's big hedge on Facebook

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The Trump campaign has invested most of its advertising budget to date on Facebook, testing thousands of versions of ads per day to maximize its spending.

But behind the scenes, a source familiar with the campaign tells Axios, the thinking has shifted: "As everyone can see, we still have strong spending on Facebook, but the percentage of our total media budget [on Facebook] is shrinking."

Trump's revenge tour has the House in its sights

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In the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections — buoyed by Republican control of both chambers — President Trump viewed campaigning for the House as a lower-tier priority and instead poured his energy into rallying for the Senate.

But after the GOP reckoning in 2018, and experiencing firsthand how damaging a Democratic-led House has been to him, Trump is now personally invested in helping Republicans regain the majority in November, several people familiar with his thinking tell Axios.