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Mobile Phone Shipments Within China See Deeper Contraction of 40.5% in March

China’s domestic mobile phone shipments posted a deeper contraction of 40.5 percent year-on-year in March, data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) showed on Monday.

Handset shipments totaled 21.46 million in March, down 40.5 percent from the year before. Shipments of 5G smartphones fell 41.1 percent to 16.19 million in March, accounting for 75.4 percent of total handset shipments for the month, said data from the CAICT, which is a research institute under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

The Monday data pointed to a deeper contraction in the domestic market for mobile phones amid broad-based consumption sluggishness. Chip shortages that have hampered the output of automobiles, smartphones and other products contributed to the lackluster shipments, analysts said.

The reading for February came in at 14.86 million, down 31.7 percent from the prior year, while that for 5G phones shrank 24.5 percent year-on-year to 11.37 million.

Out of 69.35 million in domestic handset shipments over the first quarter, 98.2 percent were smartphones. Shipments of smartphones dropped 29.2 percent year-on-year during the period.

Shipments of 5G gadgets slid 22.9 percent to 53.88 million during the first three months this year, per the CAICT figures.

Over the first quarter, 103 new phone models were unveiled in the domestic market, down 15.6 percent.


Source : Global Times

Chart: China Smartphone Market Share in Q1 2022


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Source : Counterpoint


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Apple Retakes Second Place in Global Smartphone Shipment Rankings

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Apple overtook Huawei to reclaim its spot as the second-bestselling smartphone manufacturer in the world in 2020, according to new research reports from Counterpoint Research and Canalys. Samsung was still the leading seller in terms of number of smartphones shipped, while Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo took the next three spots, according to Counterpoint.

It was just under a year ago that the same research analysts reported that Huawei had overtaken Apple to take second place in 2019. But since then, US trade sanctions seem to have hit Huawei hard. The Chinese company’s smartphone shipments were 21 percent lower in 2020 compared to 2019, according to Counterpoint, and Huawei dropped out of the top five entirely in the fourth quarter of the year. It’s the first time in six years Huawei hasn’t been in the top five, Canalys notes.

Although Huawei was still able to hold on to the number three spot overall, thanks to domestic sales in China (where it reportedly shipped 70 percent of its phones in 2019), Xiaomi seized the opportunity to expand internationally and saw shipments increase by 17 percent in 2020 compared to 2019. However, the fastest-growing smartphone brand in 2020 was reportedly Realme, which shipped 65 percent more phones than it did in 2019.

Apple’s gains were more modest, increasing by 3 or 5 percent year over year depending on whether you ask Counterpoint Research or Canalys. The latter notes that Apple shipped the most iPhones ever in the fourth quarter of last year.

Although it’s still the bestselling smartphone manufacturer in the world, both reports suggest that Samsung’s smartphone business is losing market share. Both Canalys and Counterpoint say its shipments fell 14 percent in 2020 compared to 2019. It’s still around 50 million smartphones ahead of second place Apple, but the gap appears to be narrowing. Counterpoint says that the South Korean electronics giant is facing stiff competition from Apple at the high end of the market and from Chinese manufacturers in the midrange.

Overall, the entire smartphone market was reportedly down compared to 2019. Canalys reports that shipments were down 7 percent, while Counterpoint reports a bigger 10 percent decline. Counterpoint blames the pandemic and resulting lockdowns for the drop, but notes that shipments began to pick up in the second half of the year.


Source : The Verge

Smartphone Shipments in China Fell 20.4% in 2020

Josh Horwitz wrote . . . . . . . . .

Domestic smartphone shipments in China in 2020 fell 20.4% from the previous year, government data released on Monday showed, as the number of handsets delivered to consumers dropped to 296 million from 372 million in 2019.

The figures China Academy of Information and Communications (CAICT), a state-backed think tank, reflected both the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the supply chain and demand, and the ongoing trend for consumers keep their phones for longer before upgrading to a new model.

In 2019, shipments of smartphones had declined 4% from the previous year, according to CAICT data.

Handset vendors had entered 2020 hoping the year would bring renewed sales as consumers purchased new phones compatible with China’s rapidly-expanding 5G networks.

But, in the first half of the year, domestic brands Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi Corp each saw steep shipment declines while Huawei, the leading Chinese brand at the high-end, continued to grow market share.

In the latter half, Huawei sales slowed as trade restrictions imposed by Washington on the company took effect, crimping its supply of critical components. Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi have ramped up production in hopes of capturing that share.

Apple, released its first 5G-enabled handsets in China last autumn. Analysts remain bullish on the devices’ reception as loyal iPhone owners who once delayed upgrading now buy new phones.

Phone makers shipped a total of 25.2 million smartphones to consumers in China in the month of December, marking a 12.8% year-on-year decline, according to CAICT.


Source : Reuters

Smartphone Market Share

Source : Counterpoint

US Smartphone Sell-Through Volumes Fall 25% in 2Q20

Source : Counterpoint