Chinese Smartphone Market Falls by 30%

In February, China’s smartphone market experienced a significant decline after showing positive growth in January. According to data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, smartphone shipments dropped by over 30% compared to the previous year, totaling 14 million units. Local brands dominated the market, accounting for approximately 83% of total shipments, while foreign products, such as Apple’s iPhone, only made up around 2.4 million units, marking a 31.7% decrease from the previous year.

In January, total smartphone shipments surged by 61.4% to 29.5 million units, with local brands seeing a 165% increase. When looking at the first two months of 2024, total smartphone shipments increased by 12.5% to 43.6 million units, with 5G models experiencing a growth of 13.3% and totaling 38.7 million units shipped. Apple has been facing a decline in iPhone demand in China, with unit sales falling by 24% year-on-year in the first six weeks of 2024. Analysts like Kuo Ming-Chi from TF International Securities have predicted a decline of about 15% in annual iPhone shipments. This trend poses a significant challenge for smartphone manufacturers, especially foreign brands, as they try to maintain their market share in one of the most competitive environments globally.

Smartphones have become an essential part of our daily lives due to their convenience and versatility. With the increasing popularity of mobile devices and advancements in technology, it is no surprise that the smartphone market continues to grow exponentially every year.

The Chinese smartphone market has been booming for some time now due to its large population and high penetration rate of mobile devices

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