China-based smartphone makers shipped a total of 179.2 million phones in the third quarter of 2017, down 0.4% on year and up 20.8% on quarter. The top five vendors in terms of shipment volumes were Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, BBK and Lenovo.
Digitimes Research estimates smartphone shipments to the China market in the second quarter of 2017 totaled 94.1 million units, maintaining a similar level to that seen in the first quarter of 2017 but down 11.8% on year.
Smartphone shipments in the China market reached 112.3 million units in the third quarter, up 5.8% on year and 5.2% on quarter. China-based telecom carriers continued to offer subsidies to encourage existing 2G or 3G service users to switch to a 4G service and thus created strong demand for inexpensive 4G smartphones.
Looking forward to the first quarter of 2016, with both China-based makers and international brands aggressively spreading out their new products including all low, mid, and high cost models on the market in the fourth quarter of 2015, the market will have to digest some of the accumulated inventory in the first quarter.
In September, Digitimes Research surveyed China's smartphone supply chain. After analyzing the industry as well as relative market data, it found that in the third quarter, there were 59.8 million new 3G/4G users in China, which is higher than the average growth rate for the first half.
According to Digitimes Research's survey of the Mainland China smartphone supply chain, as well as other relative vendors, increased demand for Apple's new device models, Mainland China's high-end smartphone models experienced lackluster sales in the first quarter of 2015.
In terms of demand in the China market, non-Apple vendors saw weak sales for their high-end models in China's smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2014 as Apple's newly launched iPhone 6 series smartphones took a large portion of their high-end devices' demand away.