According to a new report (opens in new tab) released by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) – a government-backed think-tank for tech innovation – April’s domestic mobile phone shipments were up by 14.2 percent on the same period last year, at 41.7 million units.
In a breakdown of sales, the report claims that 5G phones sales were the primary reason for China’s impressive numbers for April, with domestic 5G mobile phone shipments at 16.4 million, representing 39.3 percent of the total shipments.
5G models made up 45.8% of sales
In April, there were 32 new smartphones released, which was down by 5.9 percent, but 22 of the new phones were 5G models, accounting for 45.8 percent of all new phone models released in the Chinese market.
These numbers will be reassuring for an industry, which – for the last two months – has been issuing grave warnings based on poor numbers from the start of the year.
In April, research firm Strategy Analytics warned (opens in new tab) the smartphone industry would suffer a 20 percent drop in revenues, and suggested that the earliest recovery wouldn’t come until 2021, with smartphone shipments falling from 99.2m units in February 2019 to 61.8m units during the same month in 2020 (a 38 percent drop year-on-year).
However, China’s apparent success story will be much harder for other countries to emulate, with the majority still in a state of ‘lockdown’, and social distancing measures unlikely to ease anytime soon. But these numbers do provide a degree of hope for those manufacturers that recorded record slumps in February and March.
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