Date
26 September 2017
A woman holding an iPhone passes by a display of Samsung smartphones in a Beijing shop. Smartphone sales in the mainland slipped in the second quarter, the first year-on-year fall. Photo: Reuters
A woman holding an iPhone passes by a display of Samsung smartphones in a Beijing shop. Smartphone sales in the mainland slipped in the second quarter, the first year-on-year fall. Photo: Reuters

China smartphone sales fall for first time

China is being hit by sputtering sales of smartphones, suggesting sales have reached a saturation point.

Sales in the world’s biggest smartphone market tumbled 4 percent in the second quarter, the first year-on-year fall, Reuters reports, citing  market research firm Gartner Inc.

“China has reached saturation. Its phone market is essentially driven by replacement, with fewer first-time buyers,” research director Anshul Gupta said. research director at.

China accounted for about 30 percent of total smartphones sales during the second quarter.

Also, Gartner said worldwide smartphone sales grew at the slowest pace since 2013.

But Apple Inc.’s share of the worldwide smartphone sales market rose to 14.6 percent from 12.2 percent a year earlier. 

Total iPhone sales in China soared 68 percent to 11.9 million units, Gartner said.

Apple’s big-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which shattered iPhone sales records when they were launched, are about 11 months old.

Rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. share of the global smartphone market fell to 21.9 percent from 26.2 percent, Gartner said.

Despite the new S6 models, which it released in April, Samsung’s premium phones continued to be challenged by Apple’s large-screen iPhones, the report said.

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the fourth-largest smartphone maker globally, recorded the highest sales growth rate of 46.3 percent due to strong international sales and 4G smartphone sales in China.

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