After witnessing its first ever annual decline in shipment 2017, the Chinese smartphone market, once the world’s engine for smartphone growth, continues to slow down. The country’s smartphone shipment dwindled by a drastic 16.65% to 39 million handsets (in Chinese) in the first quarter of 2018, according to a report released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

The plunge not only indicates weaker demand from the consumers but also languishing supply form smartphone makers. Only 51 new smartphones made their debut during the period, down 19% compared with a year before.

Chinese smartphone makers have a grip on the local market with the sales of over 33.49 million handsets or a predominant 85.7%. Of the total newly released devices, 45 were from Chinese smartphone makers, accounting for 88.2% of the total. But the overall drop affected everyone in the field, shipment from Chinese makers dipped 18% year-on-year.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.