Chinese smartphone market is shrinking for the first time in six years




Sales of smartphones in China in the first quarter of this year decreased by 4.3% compared to the same period last year. For the first time the Chinese smartphone market has shrunk in six years. There were just under 100 million phones sold in the last quarter.

This writes the US market research firm IDC Monday on his site. One of the reasons for the decline indicates the office to which China has long been an emerging market and that the market is more similar to that of the United States, Australia or Japan, where more than 90 percent of the market owns a smartphone. The task now is to convince both its last owners of dumb phones as owners of smart phones to upgrade to a new smartphone.

Apple did with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus the best in the first quarter and thus Xiaomi bumped from the throne. Xiaomi was suffering from strong competition from other providers in the low and middle segment. Huawei retained the third position, Samsung and Lenovo.

IDC expects the rest of the year a further slowing growth and increasing competition in the high and mid-range, because even Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi here more to focus on. The agency also believes that more and more Chinese brands will go profiling in other Southeast Asian markets and India.


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