A representative of Vsmart said the manufacturer will design smartphones and increase the locally made content in products to 60 percent by 2020.
VinSmart said all of its products are made in Vietnam at the factory in Cat Hai, Hai Phong City. In mid-June, VinSmart started construction of the second factory at the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park in Hanoi.
People consider Vsmart products as ‘made in Vietnam’ products, and the words can be seen on the back of every smartphone of the manufacturer.
However, a Youtuber named my banh recently posted a video to show that the latest smartphone model of Vsmart, Vsmart Live, is exactly the same with a Chinese product Meizu 16Xs.
The Youtuber tried to prove that Vsmart Live and Meizu 16Xs have similar appearance, configuration and features, when both have Snapdragon 675 chip, AMOLED screen 6.2 inches without notch, fingerprint sensor screen, 3 48 MP camera and 4000mAh battery.
He also pointed out that Vsmart Live and Meizu 16Xs share the same hardware design, from circuit board, connectors to screws. The only different thing is battery with Meizu 16Xs’ battery showing Chinese characters, while Vsmart showing Vietnamese.
In the latest news, Vsmart denied copying of Meizu 16 Xs, affirming that the two products are ‘quite different by nature’.
In its press release, Vsmart explained that the Vietnamese manufacturer is cooperating with many ODMs (original designed manufacturer) specializing in designing smartphones. Vsmart and Meizu now share the same ODM and Vsmart once stated that both Vsmart and Meizu are the co-owners of this design and ‘no one imitates the other’.
Having similar hardware, Vsmart Live and Meizu are quite different, however.
“We use the concept drawing, adjust details, design the operating system of the machine and make products at Vsmart factory with components provided by leading suppliers in the world,” said Nguyen Minh Viet, Director of the Institute of Mobile Devices Research.
“The ‘soul’ of Vsmart Live (operating system VOS 2.0, user experience, camera algorithm etc) is 100 percent developed by Vsmart’s R&D team. This is something that cannot be copied. The Vietnamese brain content lies in the soul,” he said.
Also according to Viet, Vsmart still relies on foreign ODMs to design Vsmart products. However, Vsmart is making efforts to undertake all phases of the production process, from designing to making components and accessories, to create finished products.
It is expected that by March 2020, Vsmart will be able to design all of its smartphone models. After that, by April 2020, it will officially provide package services as an ODM to smartphone manufacturers in the world.
According to a report on Vietnamnet