A total of 30.19 mln mobile handsets were shipped in China in March 2018, down 27.9% YoY, according to new figures released by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), a department of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Of total shipments in March, 28.09 mln were 4G handsets, down 28.7% YoY, accounting for 94.0% of total handset shipments.
A total of 27.00 mln handsets from domestic handset brands were shipped in China in March, down 29.0% YoY, accounting for 89.4% of total handset shipments. Shipments of smartphones comprised 28.08 mln, or 93.0%, of total handsets shipped in China in March.
During the month, 80 new handset models were released in China, of which 67 were 4G models. Of the total new handset models released in March, 68, or 85.0% were smartphone models.
Editor's Note: CAICT'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 CAICT'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.