Smartphone shipments in China dropped to 91 million units in the first quarter of 2018, representing the largest single quarter decline on record. This is the first time since the end of 2013 that shipments have fallen below 100 million units.

Technology market analysis firm Canalys said eight of the ten major smartphone manufacturers were hit with annual declines. The company said the record-breaking slump is due to rampant imitation resulting from intense competition in the market.

Smartphones manufacturers Gionee, Meizu, and Samsung were hit the hardest. All three vendors’ shipments fell to less than half of their respective Q1 2017 numbers.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based technology reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.