China smartphone shipments ebb in 3Q19, says Digitimes Research

Luke Lin, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei 0

China's handset makers shipped a total of 180 million smartphones globally in the second quarter of 2019, down 2.5% on quarter and 5.3% on year, Digitimes Research has estimated.

Huawei remained its status as the top vendor in China and managed to ramp up its shipments by a double-digit rate in the third quarter as the impacts of the US trade ban on its overseas shipments have begun to wane and it has continued to dent market share from fellow vendors in the domestic market, says Digitimes Research.

Other top-tier vendors Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo, ranking second to fourth, all registered sequential shipment declines in the third quarter, as overseas shipment gains were eroded by decreased domestic sales.

Total smartphone shipments by China's handset vendors are expected to register an on-year decline in the fourth quarter of 2019 as domestic sales are expected to continue to fall as compared to a year earlier and demand from overseas markets will not be as strong as seen in previous years due to weak global economy, Digitimes Research says.