Report: majority of smartphones are shipped from China

26/06/2018

Nine out of 12 of the world’s most-shipped smartphones are headquartered in China, according to a recent report by a semiconductor company.

 

Chinese companies didn’t take the first or second slots, occupied by Samsung and Apple, respectively. Several of them showed tremendous growth, while others slowed, the IC Insights report showed.

Huawei, OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi, came in at third, fourth, fifth and sixth on the list, and saw between a 10% to 73% increase in shipments.

Three Chinese smartphone suppliers — Xiaomi, OPPO and Vivo — saw their shipments surge at least 24% in 2017.

Xiaomi displayed the highest growth rate of any of the top-12 smartphone suppliers, at 73%.

However, China headquarted LeEco/Coolpad, ZTE and TCL all saw their smartphone shipments fall by more than 20% last year.

 

China’s Xiaomi displayed the highest growth rate of any of the top-12 smartphone suppliers, at 73%.

 

One issue affecting Chinese companies is the dip in domestic sales, Technode reported. According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) data, domestic shipments decreased by more than 16% in the first-quarter of 2018 to 39 million handsets.

Research firm Canalys said the slump was due to rampant imitation resulting from competition in the market.

The Chinese brands, which overall captured the lower-end market, were primarily buoyed by international sales, with India playing an outsized role.

Market research firm Newzoo reported that use of China-made devices in India has risen by by 225% between 2016 and 2017. The sales accounted for 37% of all smartphones in the country at the end of 2017, the firm said.

The top nine Chinese smartphone suppliers together held a 42% share of the worldwide smartphone market in 2017, up four points from the 38% share these companies held in 2016. Its also eight points over the 34% combined share these companies held in 2015, Electronics Weekly reported.

 

The Chinese brands, which overall captured the lower-end market, were primarily buoyed by international sales, with India playing an outsized role.

 

Samsung and Apple products captured the high-end market, defined by products over $200.  The two companies combined shipped over 530 million smartphones in 2017, controlling 36% of the market share.

Samsung’s total smartphone unit sales were up by 2% in 2017 to 317 million units, slightly outpacing the total smartphone market that grew by 1%, according to Electronics Weekly.

Orders for new Apple iPhones fell 7% in 2016, which looks bleak next to the 4% growth rate exhibited for the worldwide smartphone market. Apple rebounded somewhat in 2017, with its total smartphone unit shipments ultimately flatlining last year.

Smartphone shipments in 2018 are expected to rise 2%, to 1.53 billion units, IC Insights said.

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