Crosscall, the French manufacturer specializing in ultra-resistant smartphones, has just confirmed the launch of its first “made in France” devices in 2024. Like Apple, the brand had made known its desire to repatriate its production from China to France. .
If you follow Android news closely, you may be familiar with Crosscall. The French brand may not be one of the big names well known to the public such as Samsung, Xiaomi or Nokia, but over the years it has managed to find a place for itself in a very specific market: that of ultra-resistant smartphones designed for use in extreme environments.
In 2017, we presented in our columns the Crosscall Trekker X3, a device that perfectly represented the Crosscall identity, with this panel protected by a Gorilla Glass 4 window, IP67 certification, anti-corrosion treatment against salt water, and a reinforced shell. Since then, the manufacturer has persevered in this direction by offering smartphones “waterproof, durable and guaranteed for up to 5 years”.
Only, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the company has seen the limits of integral production in China. “We had major supply problems and when the factories reopened, the quality was no longer there. It was not the same workers who worked and we refused many products that did not meet our quality standards. It cost us 35 million euros in turnover”, explained at the time Cyril Vidal, CEO of Crosscall.
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Crosscall will launch its first “made in France” smartphones in 2024
In February 2022, the brand therefore made known its desire to repatriate its production to France. However, we have just learned that Crosscall’s first “made in France” smartphones will hit the market in the first quarter of 2024. As revealed by our colleagues from Figaro, the Aix-en-Provence-based company first founded a research and development unit. A substantial investment of around 4 million euros.
“The electronics of our smartphones are protected by pads that absorb shocks, the shells are made of particularly resistant materials. French manufacturing is a promise of longevity for our products”, promises the leader. Regarding assembly, it will be carried out by a partner company located in Normandy. On the other hand, Crosscall has not yet reached 100% French, since the various components, in particular the semiconductors, will always come from China.