Smartphone shipment volume in China Q2 2011-Q1 2020

In the first quarter of 2020, around 67 million smartphones were shipped in China, under the influence of the virus COVID-19 outbreak.

Smartphone market in China

Since 2011, the number of smartphone shipments in China has steadily increased, reaching over 334 million units in the first quarter of 2018 alone. In 2019, China was responsible for almost 24 percent of the smartphone shipments worldwide. The country is forecast to maintain its leadership, despite the recent hiccups in shipment volume.

Smartphone users in China

Around 61 percent of the Chinese mobile phone users are expected to use a smartphone by 2023. In 2018, there were 712.8 million smartphone users in China. By 2023, this figure is expected to almost reach the 868 million mark.

Smartphone manufacturers in China

Huawei, the leading local smartphone brand, made the most smartphone shipments in the Chinese market in 2019 at over 140 million units. Huawei was the only vendor which managed to increase the shipment volume since 2017, while Oppo and Vivo were both gaining in market share but experiencing shipment drop in the same time. In terms of operating systems, Google’s Android holds more than 78 percent of the market share, whereas Apple’s iOS accounts for about 21 percent of the smartphone operating system market in China.

Total number of smartphone shipments in China from Q2 2011 to Q1 2020 (in million units)*

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

Q2 2011 to Q1 2020

Supplementary notes

*The source did not provide information for all quarters.

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