Smart­phone sales ex­pected to drop

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Smart­phone ship­ment growth in China will plum­met by more than half to 7.8 per­cent next year, the first sin­gle-digit level since 2009, ac­cord­ing to an in­dus­try re­port.

A de­clin­ing base of first-time buy­ers will be the ma­jor rea­son, and fu­ture sales will be driven by the re­place­ment mar­ket, re­search firm In­ter­na­tional Data Corp said.

The es­ti­mated growth rate for 2014 is 19.9 per­cent, the re­port said, with 420 mil­lion units likely to be shipped.

De­spite the slow­ing growth, IDC said China will con­tinue to lead the global smart­phone mar­ket in to­tal ship­ments. The Chi­nese mar­ket is nearly three times big­ger than the run­ner-up, the United States, in terms of ship­ments, it said. (Photo 1)

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