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Smartphone shipments in China fell 9.7% in the last quarter of 2018, falling to 103 million units, the technology analyst firm IDC says. For the year, shipments fell by 10.5%.

The top five vendors for the quarter were Huawei, OPPO, vivo, Apple and Xiaomi in that order. While Huawei's share of the market rose by 23%, Apple saw a fall of nearly 20%.

For the year, Huawei was again the top vendor, increasing its share of the market to 15.5% with shipments of 105 million units. OPPO, vivo, Xiaomi and Apple made up the top five, with Apple's share falling marginally from 9.3% in 2017 to 9.1% the following year.

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IDC said Huawei had gained an edge over its competitors for photography, gaming and business apps, and also by pushing different product lines like the P, Honor and Mate series.

Apple's decline was the third consecutive fall since 2016. But high prices had led to longer product replacement cycles and additionally the 2018 models offered only routine enhancements.

“The Chinese smartphone market still looks hardly optimistic in 2019,” said Xi Wang, IDC China senior market analyst.

“By reviewing the market in 2018 in terms of takeaways and lessons in the areas of technology, product and user, vendors will be better positioned to cope with the challenges ahead and identify new opportunities.”

Chart: courtesy IDC


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