China's handset shipments grew 16.6% YoY to reach 35.29 mln units in April 2012, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's (MIIT) China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR). Of these, smartphone shipments rose 287.6% YoY to 18.11 mln units, accounting for more than half of total shipments; of total smartphone shipments, 86.5% were Android handsets.
Of the 35.29 mln handsets shipped in April, 14.62 mln were GSM handsets, down 21.2% YoY compared to April 2011 but still accounting for 41.4% of total shipments. WCDMA handset shipments rose 253% YoY to 10.81 mln, accounting for 30.6% YoY. 4.99 mln CDMA2000 handsets were shipped in April 2012, up 50.5% YoY. 4.19 mln TD-SCDMA handsets were shipped, up 44.3% YoY. 680,000 CDMA 1X handset were shipped, falling 72.1% YoY and only accounting for 1.9% of total shipments.
434 new handset models hit the market in April, including 272 2G models, down 29.5% YoY, and 162 3G models, up 128.2% YoY. Domestic brands accounted for 94.2% of total new handsets with 409 models, with 27.26 mln units shipped, accounting for 77.3% of total handsets shipped.
Of the 434 new models in April, 166 were smartphones, including 161 Android phones.