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THE GLOBAL SHIPMENTS OF SMARTPHONES IN THE Q1 2020 WERE 253 MILLION, WITH A DECLINE OF 16.8% ON A YEAR-ON-YEAR BASIS

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Business The Global Shipments of Smartphones

According to statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics, the mobile phone production in Mainland China (including feature phones) in the first quarter of 2020 was about 260 million. It has an approximate decline of 19.8% on a year-on-year basis.

Due to the strictest city closure strategy in mainland China in February and the global outbreak in March, the global smartphone industry suffered heavy losses. According to survey data from Sigmaintell, the global shipments of smartphones in the first quarter of 2020 were approximately 253 million.

Compared with the same period last year, it decreased by 16.8%. And the decline in the second quarter will be likely to be further extended to approximately 26%. At the same time, total shipments in the Chinese domestic market in the first quarter were 49.2 million, a year-on-year decrease of 44.3%.

It is expected that the Chinese domestic market will recover significantly in the second quarter, with an approximate decline of 18% on a year-on-year basis.

From the manufacturer’s perspective, the shipments of various brands of mobile phones in the first quarter declined to vary degrees. Due to the epidemic of Covid-19. As Sigmaintell’s survey data shows, the shipments of Samsung smartphones in the first quarter were approximately 63 million, with a decline of 12% on a year-on-year basis.

The shipments of Apple iPhones were 38 million, with a decline of 6% on a year-on-year basis. The shipments of Huawei were approximately 43 million. Affected by the domestic epidemic in the first quarter of 2020, its domestic market shipments decreased by approximately 28% on a year-on-year basis. As for Xiaomi, its phone shipments were approximately 25 million in the first three months, with a decline of 6% on a year-on-year basis.

The shipments of OPPO smartphones were approximately 24 million in the first quarter, with a decline of 2% on a year-on-year basis.

Looking forward to the second quarter, the Chinese domestic mobile phone market is in the stage of slow recovery. And the shipments will rise steadily. At the same time, with the outbreak of the overseas Coronavirus in the second quarter, there will be a double dip in the overseas market, which will lead to a further dip in the global market.

It is expected that the shipments will continue to decline on a month-on-month basis, and the decline on a year-on-year basis will also be close to 30%. Sigmaintell believes that with the cross of Chinese domestic and overseas epidemics, the trend of market decline will show a double “S” graph.

And the real rebound will appear in the third quarter. For mobile phone suppliers, a significant increase in order demand will be likely to be seen in June.

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