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Once wildly popular, Samsung ends China phone production

Retreat bodes ill for turnaround of its smartphone operations

A Samsung store in Guangzhou, China. Its smartphones were once trendy in China but have since given way to local brands. (Photo by Yusuke Hinata)

SEOUL/GUANGZHOU -- Samsung Electronics' move to end smartphone production in China underscores a precipitous fall from grace in the world's largest market.

Samsung will shut down its plant in the Guangdong Province city of Huizhou within the year. Production there ended in late September, and the company is now working to withdraw from the facility, a Samsung source familiar with the situation said. This follows the closing of a Tianjin smartphone plant late last year.

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