China Smartphone Shipments To Drop In 2H19

Posted by Digitimes

Total smartphone shipments by China’s handset vendors are expected to register an on-year decline in the second half of 2019, due mainly to weakening demand at home and abroad, according to Digitimes Research.

Chinese handset makers managed to see their smartphone shipments surge 26.7% on quarter and 5.6% on year to 180 million units in the second quarter of 2019, mainly bolstered by their aggressive shipments of new handsets to overseas markets. This is despite the fact that their domestic sales turned weak as economic downturn and worsening unemployment dented demand in the country.

Huawei remained the top Chinese handset vendor by shipment volume, Digitimes Research figures show. The company, affected by the US trade ban starting in mid-May, saw lower shipments for the first half of the second quarter than the second half. And its total shipments for the quarter registered only a slight sequential increase.

Oppo, Xiaomi and BBK, ranking second to fourth, enjoyed higher sequential shipment increases than Huawei in the second quarter, thanks partly to their launch of new models to strengthen shipment momentum at home and abroad.―CT Bureau

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