It is no secret that BlackBerry has contracted Foxconn, the world’s largest contract-manufacturer, to build their devices. Together with their other mega-client, foxconn is already having trouble keeping up with the demand for Apple’s iPhone. To alleviate this issue, as well as the human rights issue that has been plaguing the company, they planning to use robots, or what they called Foxbots, to do the manufacturing instead.
With each Foxbot able to assemble 30,000 phones per year, they are planning to install 10,000 Foxbots for a test. This, at its peak, would allow them to assemble 300 million phones per year.
Even as Apple is expected to be the first in line to use these Foxbot’s for manufacturing, at this rate, BlackBerry could just be the next in line.
So, in this instance, do you think it matters that your devices are assembled by hand in Foxconn or by their new Foxbots? If so, which would you prefer?