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Chinese smartphone market shows signs of recovery and grows 17% in April

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception, the Chinese smartphone market is beginning to show signs of recovery. In April, the number of equipment shipments sent internationally reached 40.8 million.

According to the latest data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), the figure represents an increase of 17.2% compared to the same period last year, when 34.8 million smartphones were shipped .

Over the last four months, 88.5 million smartphones were placed on the market internationally, representing a decrease of 17.9% compared to the same period in the previous year.

With regard to the domestic market, CAICT reveals that in April there was an increase of 14.2% in relation to 2019. In all, 41.7 million smartphones were placed in Chinese stores, including 48 new models. In the last four months, the number stood at 90.7 million, meaning a 20.1% decrease.

Evolution of the number of smartphones offered for sale on the Chinese market credits: CAICT

In early May, an IDC report revealed that, in total, 275.8 million smartphones were distributed in the first three months of the year. It was in China, where countless factories were closed during the first quarter of 2020, that the decline was most pronounced: 20.3% compared to last year. "Since China constitutes almost a quarter of the world's shipments, it has had a huge impact on the market in general," explains the consultant.

At a time when China is now in a more favorable position in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, IDC indicated that demand in the country exceeded expectations at the end of March, during which time new finger infections with the new coronavirus began to decline . Despite the good news, the consultant forecasts only growth over the same period in the fourth quarter of 2020.