Canalys has issued a report on the Chinese smartphone market’s performance in 2017. According to that report, Smartphone Shipments Declined in China For the First Time in 2017. The report says that 4% less devices sold last year as compared to 2016. Moreover, 459 million smartphones were shipped in China in 2017.
Smartphone Shipments Declined in China For the First Time in 2017
The drop in overall yearly sales was heavily influenced by the fourth quarter, when shipments decreased by 14% as compared to Q4 2016.
Huawei continues its growth sale in its home market, managing to ship 90 million handsets last year. In Q4 Huawei sold 24 million units, Oppo managed 19 million sales, and vivo shipped 17 million phones. Finally, the launch of the iPhone X and iPhone 8 helped Apple pip Xiaomi to fourth place with 13 million shipments in Q4 2017.
The two other Chinese brands, Meizu and Gionee’s positions in China could weaken even more in 2018. Moreover, Lenovo and ZTE will turn their attention to their home market too.