Inside a Smartphone Factory

Inside a Smartphone Factory - Lovefone, London

The inquisitive minds here at Lovefone HQ make it their business to know more than just how to replace smartphone screens or the other fixes for our customers’ phones. Instead, we delve much deeper into the smartphone manufacture process to offer the very best repair service.

Have you ever wondered how smartphones are made? This is our look inside a smartphone factory from conception through to completion…

Stage 1: Prototype Development


Before the mass production machine can start to whir, the research and development team have to create a working prototype of the new phone. The starting point will be to think about how they will remove the shortcomings of previous models and innovate to create something new. These ideas will be conceived in the boardroom before being communicated to R&D, who will be responsible for bringing this vision to life. The look of the new phone is usually the first thing to be considered. Once it looks the part, it’s then time to try and make it work. 

That’s the job of the electronics engineering team. This is when decisions about the processor and memory will be made, the battery will be chosen and the screen and front and rear cameras will be fitted. Four to five prototype handsets will usually be sent to the decision-making team, who will pick their favourite and ask for any changes to be made.

Stage 2: Selecting the software


Now it’s time for the software team to breathe life into the handset. They will decide what operating system the phone will use and make sure the hardware chosen by the electronics engineering team is fully supported. Once the operating system runs smoothly, the design, software and hardware is ready to be rigorously tested before the individual components go into mass production.

Stage 3: Testing    


Before the phone can go into production it needs to be rigorously tested for quality, bugs and other parameters. The hardware will go through drop tests, bend tests and water tests while the software has to complete comprehensive user experience, user interface and operations tests.

Stage 4: Mass Production


Once the prototype has been finalised and rigorously tested, it is then time for the individual components to be made. That includes everything from the processor, camera, screen and keys to the batteries, outer casings, Bluetooth enabler and more.

Some of these components will be manufactured in-house, while others will be outsourced to factories around the world, typically in countries like India and China. During this stage, smartphones will often be given codenames to try and prevent information about their specification and design being leaked to the media.

Once the individual components have been made, they will then be put together on the assembly line and the software will be burnt into the phone’s memory to create the completed phone.

Stage 5: Quality control


During the mass production stage, the quality control team will also get to work. They will be busy monitoring the components and their assembly. Once the smartphones are finished, they will then check the fit, finish and look of the phones by picking samples from batches. 

Stage 6: Packaging and shipping


Once the smartphone has passed all the relevant tests, it will then be packaged and shipped to retailers around the globe, ready to be purchased by consumers like you.

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January 23, 2018