China’s smartphone shipment plummeted 11.5% YoY to 36.75 million handsets in September this year, data from China Academy of Information and Communications Technology shows. The dip continues a downward trend in the industry, which recorded a 17% drop in the first nine months of the year.

The first nine months of this year have recorded a consecutive two-digit decline in smartphone shipment as compared with the same period of 2017, with an exception of May, which witnessed a 1.2% jump, the report pointed out. This February was hit by a striking 38.7% YoY decline.

Local smartphone companies take a lion’s share in the market with 34.45 million handsets sold in September, representing 88.3% of the total shipments. Android phones are still dominating China, accounting for 89% of total smartphones shipped.

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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.