Smartphone shipments in China noticed their largest ever decline within the first three months of 2018 to spark fears of an international sales slowdown.
New figures from analyst company Canalys discovered that shipments fell 21 p.c year-on-year all over the primary quarter of the yr. In overall, 91 million devices have been shipped all over this era, a determine now not observed since This autumn of 2013.
Canalys reported that eight of China's ten largest smartphone distributors have been hit via falling call for, highlighting that that is an industry-wide factor fairly than being restricted to a unmarried corporate.
Huawei (together with its Honor emblem) was once the one main supplier to document a upward push in shipments all over the length, seeing a two p.c upward push. It clung directly to most sensible spot as the rustic's biggest smartphone supplier, delivery 24 p.c of all units all over the quarter.
Second and third-placed Oppo and Vivo bore the brunt of the quarterly decline, seeing a 10 p.c decline each and every, even supposing there was once higher information for Xiaomi, which noticed shipments upward push 37 p.c to document 12 million sales and transfer into fourth position general.
These four accounted for just about three-quarters of all telephone sales in China all over the quarter, with non-native smartphone giants Apple and Samsung additionally seeing losses, with the previous being overtaken via Xiaomi.
“New smartphones will certainly trap other people to improve, however distributors are extra cautious of warding off oversupply within the channel," mentioned Canalys Research Analyst Mo Jia.
"China’s smartphone marketplace might see a brief length of stagnancy as distributors refocus on analysis and building, depending on new use circumstances to excite refreshes fairly than spending closely at the channel and advertising.”
The information comes days after an identical analysis via GfK published an international decline in call for for brand new smartphones, with sales falling two p.c to overall 347 million devices bought around the first quarter of 2018 – together with a six p.c year-on-year drop in China.