An increase of 17% in smartphone shipment in China a sign of a possible rebound
The government data showed a 17% increase in Smartphone shipments from China in April compared to the same month one year ago.
The figure signals a possible domestic rebound for smartphone vendors such as Huawei Technologies and Apple as the return to normalcy in China for the consumer hardware market after the COVID-19 outbreak.
China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) revealed that Smartphone makers made a shipment of 40.8 million handsets in April, which is an increase when compared to the 34.8 million shipments made in the same month last year. This was the first time in several years that CAICT did not provide the percentage of Android devices shipped. China often uses the metric to gain insight into the total sale of iPhone in China every month.
Private research firms such as Counterpoint Research and Canlys that track the smartphone sector reported that Apple shipments reduced in the low single digits in the first quarter.
While rival Huawei was able to maintain its shipment relatively flat during the quarter, other Chinese Android smartphone players such as Vivo, Oppo, and Xiaomi Corp were significantly affected hence reducing the shipment volumes y double-digit percentages.
Apple and its rival smartphone brand do not release regional shipments to the public.Source