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China smartphone shipments jump in 2021 but below pre-pandemic level


Apple’s flagship store for smart products in Shanghai (China) will sell iPhone13 phones to customers on October 12, 2021.

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According to data from government agencies, although smartphone sales in China have recovered from the effects of the pandemic, they are still below pre-Covid levels.

There have been many factors that have impacted the smartphone market, including the global shortage of semiconductors and disruptions caused by Covid epidemics in China.

The number of domestic smartphone orders rose 15.9% to 342.8 millions in 2021 according to data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology.

It was an impressive growth rate compared to 2020 when the market suffered a severe hit from the China coronavirus virus outbreak. Many parts of the country were closed down. effectively shutting down large parts of the economy.

Nevertheless, the 2021 smartphone shipment number is still below the 371.7million units that were shipped in 2019 before the pandemic.

According to Counterpoint Research partner Neil Shah, the smartphone market faced many challenges in 2021 that may have prevented it from reaching its pre-pandemic level.

Shah claimed that “supply chain scarcity” is a major problem. referring to the global semiconductor shortageIt has affected all industries, from automobiles to consumer electronics.

In line with its “zero Covid” policy China has been putting areas or cities into lockdownAs it seeks stem the spread of outbreaks All through the year.

Shah stated that consumers are holding onto their devices for longer periods of time and the COVID wave stop-start is keeping consumer spending patterns and purchasing habits muted.”

CAICT has not released a breakdown on manufacturers’ market share.

Canalys, a market research company, released data Tuesday that showed smartphone shipments worldwide grew only 1% over the previous year. The reason for this was supply chain shortfalls, as well as a rise in Covid cases all around the world.

Canalys said AppleDue to high demand for iPhone 13, Apple retook top spot as world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer with 22% market share. South Korea SamsungFollowed by 20% market share.