China Smartphone Shipments Drop 38.9% in January

Shipments of smartphones in China dropped 39 percent year-on-year in January to 20.8 million units due to COVID-19.

Domestic brands took the lion’s share with 18.3 million units shipped, accounting for 88 percent of the total, while registering a decrease of 43 percent year-on-year.

Despite an overall slump in smartphone shipments last month, 5G smartphone shipments continued to grow with 5.46 million handsets being shipped, up from December’s 5.41 million.

As of last month, Huawei 5G smartphone shipments have exceeded 10 million units. The company’s total smartphone shipment reached 240 million units in 2019, up 16 percent from 2018, ranking second globally.

About 84 percent of consumers surveyed are likely to buy a Huawei 5G handset over the next year, followed by Apple, Xiaomi, Vivo and Honor, according to a February research by Penguin Intelligence, a think tank under Tencent.

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