China’s mobile phone sales plunged 19 percent in 2022 from the year before to fall below 300 million units for the first time since 2015, reported Yicai Global on January 20.
Some 255 million handsets changed hands in 2022, the first time that sales were under 300 million units in the last eight years, according to a report by Chinese flat panel display and semiconductor research firm CINNO Research.
US tech giant Apple was the best seller, followed by Chinese handset makers Honor, OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi in second to fifth places respectively, the report said.
Smartphone sales on the three biggest e-commerce platforms JD.com, Alibaba Group Holding’s Tmall and short video site Douyin all tumbled 10 percent during the Double-11 Online Shopping Festival last November, normally a time of peak sales, from the same period last year, said Yicai Global.
Eighty-four percent of the cell phones sold last year had 5G mobile network capabilities, a gain of 6 percentage points from the previous year, and the penetration rate is expected to reach 96 percent next year.
Foldable mobile phones did very well, with sales defying the downward trend to soar almost two-and-a-half-fold year on year, the report said. The proportion of smartphones with organic light-emitting diode screens jumped 57 percent. There is a prominent trend towards larger screens and screens with a fast refresh rate, it added.
The fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to continue to affect demand in the first half of 2023, but things should get better in the second half, Shanghai-based CINNO said.