This article originally appeared on ABACUS Launch events are typically important showcases for phone makers, designed to impress fans and pundits with exciting new devices. But as people across China hunker down at home to avoid the deadly coronavirus, companies are forced to give up on these mass assemblies, turning instead to online events. Huawei sub-brand Honor is going to hold its first launch event this year online, company marketing executive Guan Haitao said on Weibo . Black Shark, a Xiaomi-backed manufacturer of gaming phones , is also planning an online launch event, according to CEO Luo Yuzhou . Some industry analysts are expecting Chinese companies to ship fewer phones this year than previously forecast as travel restrictions and regional quarantines prevent factory workers from returning to work. Xiaomi vice president Lu Weibing has also said the coronavirus outbreak could impact supply chains and people’s purchasing power. Purchase the China AI Report 2020 brought to you by SCMP Research and enjoy a 20% discount (original price US$400). This 60-page all new intelligence report gives you first-hand insights and analysis into the latest industry developments and intelligence about China AI. Get exclusive access to our webinars for continuous learning, and interact with China AI executives in live Q&A. Offer valid until 31 March 2020.