The above graph represents the annual growth in the total smartphone shipments in China by year. Surprisingly, in 2019 China’s smartphone market declined for the third consecutive year, due to market saturation as well as a challenging economy. In 2019, China’s smartphone shipments declined 7.5% YoY, to 366.7 million units. Huawei and Vivo are dominating the list of top 5 smartphone brands in China, with 56.4% market share.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, China’s smartphone shipments expected to drop more than 30% YoY in Q1 2020, as per IDC.
Annual Growth in China Smartphone Shipments: History
|Note||Calendar Year – from January 1st to December 31st|
One must note that in CY 2016, China smartphone shipments reached an all-time high of 467.3 million, with 8.7% YoY growth. After that, it has started declining.
In 2017, the China smartphone market declined for the first time; about 444.3 million units of smartphones were shipped during the year, according to data from IDC’s Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. The decline in shipments was primarily due to Chinese smartphone manufactures making only minor upgrades to new products, which weren’t enough to incite new purchases. However, Huawei and Xiaomi emerged as the biggest winner.
The CY 2018 was the second consecutive year when the annual smartphone shipments in China declined. Apple, which has been ruling the US smartphone market, has experienced declines of its iPhone shipments for three consecutive years since 2016.
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