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China shipped more 5G devices in 2Q than any other country: IDC

China shipped more 5G devices in 2Q than any other country: IDC Pixabay

Roughly half the smartphones shipped to China in the second quarter of 2020 were 5G devices, the technology research firm IDC says, adding that this proportion was well ahead of other regions or countries.

IDC said in a statement its Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker showed that 87.8 million smartphones were shipped to China in the quarter, a drop of 10.3% year-on-year.

It pointed out that consumer sentiment appeared to be a challenge, but on the plus side this fall was much smaller than the 20.3% year-on-year decline seen in the first quarter.

"China was slowly recovering in the second quarter, while other regions were fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic," said Will Wong, research manager for Client Devices at IDC Asia/Pacific.

"This, in turn, allowed Chinese vendors to expand their 5G product portfolio in their home market. In 2Q2020, almost half of the smartphones in China shipped with 5G connectivity – ahead of other regions or countries."

As iTWire has already reported, Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies followed up what it had done in global shipments, and led the China market in the quarter.

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IDC listed the following points about the vendors who took the top five positions in the second quarter:

"Huawei continued to capture a higher market share at 45.2% with its strong brand image and well-rounded product portfolio. The vendor successfully targetted the US$300-US$600 segment with its Huawei nova 7 and Honor 30 series, and enhanced its premium position with the Huawei P40 Pro series.

"vivo partnered with different 5G processor vendors in order to target various consumer segments at a different pricing. Further, vivo managed to reposition its mid-range X series as a high-end product, while the S and iQOO series continued to enhance its market positions in the offline and online channels respectively.

"OPPO's A and Reno series continued to be the volume driver. In OPPO's 5G product line-up, its A92s model helped penetrate the US$300-US$400 segment. Meanwhile, its Reno 4 series played an important role in strengthening its position in the >US$400 segment. Each of these product series contributed more than a million units.

"Xiaomi leveraged the sales promotions in the "618" online shopping festival to maintain the momentum of its high-end Mi 10 series and mid-range Redmi K30 series. Nevertheless, the vendor's growth was still be largely dependent on its performance in the US$150-US$250 segment.

"Apple achieved positive growth from a year ago in both its shipments and market share. The iPhone SE 2020 contributed 10% of its overall shipments and helped to stimulate its shipments during its off-season. Apple's overall performance was supported by the "618" shopping festival and better offline-channel incentives."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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