As we close the first month of the second quarter of the year, we are seeing performance figures from market observers for the first quarter. We saw the coronation of the new Q1 2021 leader today, and now we see a paradox when it comes to Chinese smartphone vendors.
According to DigiTimes Research, China-based smartphone vendors saw combined shipments decline 9.7 percent to 191 million units in the first quarter of 2021. At the same time, the same Chinese providers, paradoxically, recorded a “year-over-year increase of 73.8%, with the quarter-on-quarter decline also improving significantly after corresponding contractions of over 20% in the years leading up to the pandemic,” according to the above named source.
The Chinese giant saw a sharp decline due to the US restrictions imposed on HUAWEI. Companies like OPPO, vivo and Xiaomi rushed to fill the void.
The three delivered a total of 129 million smartphones in the first quarter, which corresponds to 67.5 percent of all shipments. That number is up from 58.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020.
According to DigiTimes Research, HUAWEI shipments fell 53.6 percent in the first quarter of 2021, while the ex-sub-brand HONOR remained unchanged in the first quarter with no significant upward and downward movements.
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