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Smartphone shipments fell more than 50% in China last month due to coronavirus

By Cookie Monster - on 10 Mar 2020, 12:00am

Smartphone shipments fell more than 50% in China last month due to coronavirus

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

The actual impact of Covid-19 outbreak on smartphone shipments in China is worse than what the International Data Corporation (IDC) has estimated.

According to data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), there was a total of 6.34 million smartphones shipped by device makers in February. This is a steep drop of 54.7% from 14 million in the same period last year. It was also the lowest level for February since CAICT started publishing these figures. 

Android phone makers such as Huawei and Xiaomi accounted for most of the drop; shipments dropped from 12.72 million units in February 2019 to 5.85 million. Apple shipped 494,000 devices in February, a huge drop from 2 million the month before and from 1.27 million in February 2019. 

As the Covid-19 virus continues to spread outside of China, global sales of smartphones are expected to decline significantly as countries put cities under lockdown and consumers avoid public places. 

Source: Reuters