Chinese smartphone shipments continue to fall, decline 34% from last quarter

Chinese smartphone shipments continue to fall, decline 34% from last quarter
Last week, we told you that global smartphone shipments dropped 2.9% in the first quarter led by a decline in Chinese smartphone shipments. While we knew that the number of shipments in China declined to less than 100 million units for the first time since Q3 of 2013, we now have a better handle on the weakness in that country. According to a fresh report published on Friday, the number of smartphones shipped in China during the first quarter of 2018 tallied less than 90 million units.

Some of the decline can be blamed on the Chinese Lunar New Year. The holiday cut into smartphone production. As a result, on a sequential basis, shipments declined 34% from the fourth quarter of last year. Since the fourth quarter includes the holiday shopping season, that decline might not be as ominous as the 13.4% drop year-over-year. Chinese shipments as a percentage of the total number of Q1 global smartphone deliveries dropped under 30%.

The top five smartphone manufacturers in China from January through March, in order, were Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Apple. Xiaomi was bolstered by the launch of the low-cost Redmi 5 Plus, which was priced at 1,000 Chinese Yuan ($157 USD). Falling from number one to number two was Huawei, which suffered a 40% sequential drop in shipments. Both Oppo and Vivo, along with Huawei, had to push older models since all three didn't have any new handsets to sell in the country. Oppo and Vivo both suffered shipment declines of 30% sequentially. Apple's shipments in China were off 25.6% from Q4 2017; with its fans eagerly awaiting the 2018 iPhone models, Apple's shipments in China are expected to decline another 30% sequentially in the second quarter.

The good news is that overall Chinese smartphone shipments should rise sequentially in the second quarter, thanks to the introduction of new models by domestic vendors. On a year-over-year basis though, the number of shipments is expected to decline once again.

source: Digitimes

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21 Comments

1. fyah_king unregistered

Wow!! Huawei lost 40%!

8. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Good!

2. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

LOL. Alan just must need to mention about Apple. Since when did Apple become as Chinese manufacture?

3. tangbunna

Posts: 480; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

may be huawei will buy apple.

5. kiko007

Posts: 7499; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You’re joking I hope.

12. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Huawei can’t even by LG leave alone Apple and Samsung Lol.

6. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I think he loves the word sequential as much as he loves Apple.

7. Alan01

Posts: 621; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Wow! I hope you're kidding. I never said it was a Chinese manufacturer. However, it is the fifth largest smartphone manufacturer in China based on shipments. Regards, Alan

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4250; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Title should have been China smartphone shipments not Chinese. That's where it was implied you were talking about Chinese OEMs.

9. boucha26

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

Assembled....

19. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Because Apple was the one of the top selling phone companies in China. Keep crying!!!!

21. TheOracle1

Posts: 2329; Member since: May 04, 2015

This really isn't surprising. Phones are getting so good and upgrades are so insignificant that people are keeping what they have longer. What IS news is the death of the smaller OEM's like Gionee. Otherwise known as "others" in these charts.

4. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Because not even them can stand the notch.

10. midan

Posts: 2971; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

IPhone X is best selling phone in China, no problem with the notch.

13. lyndon420

Posts: 6818; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Slap an apple logo on it and all the design flaws disappear lol.

14. Poptart2828

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Waiting on that vivo apex without that notch. Woah!

15. theot14430 unregistered

Would most agree, that the dislike of the notch will eventually go away, as more phones adopt this design?

16. midan

Posts: 2971; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

There's no such a thing, only few stubborn Android boys who haven't used one are against. In real life i don't know anyone who have any opinion about notch.

17. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I have yet to meet one person who thinks the notch, especially the poorly implemented version on the X , is a good thing. The only people liking the notch are Apple fans, if the same notch was on any other phone they (you included), would be saying it was a major design flaw and an ugly eyesore. Look again with open eyes and there is only one conclusion, the notch is ugly and reduces the user experience.

18. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I have yet to meet one person who thinks the notch, especially the poorly implemented version on the X , is a good thing. The only people liking the notch are Apple fans, if the same notch was on any other phone they (you included), would be saying it was a major design flaw and an ugly eyesore. Look again with open eyes and there is only one conclusion, the notch is ugly and reduces the user experience.

20. markusinfinite

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 05, 2016

Better to decline because those companies are under control by dictatorship.

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