Smartphone unit shipments in China 2012-2019

In 2019, 366.7 million smartphones were shipped in China.

Smartphone usage

In 2018, the number of smartphones sold worldwide reached a new high, with about 1.56 billion units sold. In the same year, over a third of the world’s population had access to a smartphone, as the global smartphone penetration rate passed the 38 percent mark for the first time. At a steadily increasing rate, smartphone penetration is estimated to grow to around 45 percent in 2020. By that time, more than 55 percent of Chinese mobile phone users will be using a smartphone, as the number of smartphone users in China is estimated to reach 748 million.

Smartphone shipment development

In 2015, China surpassed the United States as the leading smartphone market in terms of shipments, which continue to rise to the peak at more than 467 million units in 2016. Since then, the economic slowdown started to hit China, leading to the smartphone shipment volume in China falling for around 100 million units in a few years. Almost all all smartphone vendors in China were severely affected, except for the biggest Chinese player Huawei, which still managed to increase the shipment by almost doubling the volume from 2016 to 2019.

Chinese smartphone vendors in the global market

Chinese smartphone manufacturers have been gaining in popularity worldwide since 2012. First it started with Huawei, and then came Oppo and Xiaomi. Samsung was still the leading smartphone vendor in the global market as of 2019, but both Apple and Samsung had lost significant market share to the Chinese vendors in this decade.

Total number of smartphone shipments in China from 2012 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

2012 to 2019

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