FILE PHOTO: A woman uses her smartphone while walking by Beijing's Central Business District during morning rush hour as the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in China, April 17, 2020, REUTERS/Thomas PeterSHANGHAI (Reuters) - Domestic smartphone shipments in China in 2020 fell 20.4% from the previous year, government data released on Monday showed,as the number of handsets delivered to consumers dropped to 296 million from 372 million in 2019.
In 2019, shipments of smartphones had declined 4% from the previous year, according to CAICT data.
Handset vendors had entered 2020 hoping the year would bring renewed sales as consumers purchased new phones compatible with China’s rapidly-expanding 5G networks.
Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi have ramped up production in hopes of capturing that share.
Phone makers shipped a total of 25.2 million smartphones to consumers in China in the month of December, marking a 12.8% year-on-year decline, according to CAICT.
Thomas Peter SHANGHAI, China’s
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