China's Smartphone Shipments in 2021 Up by Over 15 Percent, Shows Government Data

While shipments were above the 296-million mark that the industry reached in 2020, they remained below 2019, when they rang in at 372 million for the year.

China's Smartphone Shipments in 2021 Up by Over 15 Percent, Shows Government Data

Phone brands and other hardware companies struggled in 2021 to source components

Highlights
  • The annual shipments failed to scale the pre-pandemic levels
  • China had shipped 32.7 million smartphones domestically
  • Apple has largely dodged this trend in 2021

China had shipped 342.8 million smartphones to domestic consumers in 2021, up 15.9 percent year-on-year, according to government data published on Tuesday, implying a sector recovery from a blow it took in the early days of the COVID-19 crisis.

The annual shipments, however, failed to scale the pre-pandemic levels.

While shipments were above the 296-million mark that the industry reached in 2020, they remained below 2019, when they rang in at 372 million for the year, according to data from the China Academy of Information and Communications (CAICT), a government-backed think-tank.

Last month, China had shipped 32.7 million smartphones domestically, up 29.6 percent year-on-year.

Phone brands and other hardware companies struggled in 2021 to source components, as a chip shortage and supply chain restraints crimped the global economy.

These difficulties have compounded struggles for Chinese smartphone brands, which have in recent years endured slowing growth as consumers delay upgrading their handsets to the latest models.

Apple, the only major foreign brand competing in China's domestic market, has largely dodged this trend in 2021.

In the third quarter of 2021, the company reported a revenue jump of 83 percent year-on-year from Greater China, which includes Taiwan and Hong Kong.

© Thomson Reuters 2022


Why are Galaxy S21 FE and OnePlus 9RT launching now? We discuss this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
Comments

For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Further reading: China, Smartphones, Apple
Noise Combat Neckband-Style Earphones With Gaming Mode, 25-Hour Battery Life Launched in India
Share on Facebook Tweet Snapchat Share Reddit Comment
 
 

Advertisement

Advertisement

© Copyright Red Pixels Ventures Limited 2022. All rights reserved.