A total of 39.53 mln mobile handsets were shipped in China in March 2014, a 38.2% YoY decrease from March 2013, according to new figures released by the China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR), a department of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Of total shipments in March, 4.75 mln were 2G handsets, 30.69 mln were 3G handsets, and 4.09 mln were TD-LTE handsets. A total of 34.56 mln smartphones were shipped in China during the month, down 26.5% YoY. 88.0% of smartphones shipped run on the Android OS.
A total of 26.98 mln handsets from domestic brands shipped in China in March, a decrease of 47.6% YoY, accounting for 68.2% of total handset shipments. Additionally, 193 new smartphone models were released in March, an increase of 7.2% YoY.
Editor's Note: CATR's statistics cover domestically produced, domestically shipped handsets from both Chinese and foreign brands, but do not include imported handsets or exports of domestically produced units. Only handsets shipped through official channels are included, meaning grey market or "shanzhai" handsets are not covered in CATR's figures. "Shipped" means only that the manufacturer shipped the handset to a wholesaler or retailer, where it may or may not have been sold to a consumer during the month under discussion.