Mobile + telecom
Taiwan handset sales flat in January-February
Max Wang, Taipei; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES

Handset sales in Taiwan, mostly smartphones, reached 507,000 units in February, down 0.4% from a year earlier, according to data compiled local retail channels.

For January-February 2020, smartphone shipments in the local market totaled 1.136 million units, slightly higher than the 1.134 million shipped a year earlier, as demand for handsets has not been weakened by the coronavirus outbreak, according to market watchers.

Sales are expected to remain flat in March and to begin warming up in the second quarter when telecom operators start gearing up for commercial 5G services with the offerings of an array of 5G-enabled models, said the watchers.

Apple remained the top handset vendor in Taiwan in February, taking up a 33.5% share in unit shipments, followed by Samsung Electronics with a 22.6% share, the data showed.

Chinese brands, including Oppo, Redmi, Realme, Vivo and Huawei, together accounted for a 25% share, and they were also among the top-10 vendors in the month. Other top-10 vendors were HTC, Asustek Computer and Sony Mobile.

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