SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s smartphone shipments nearly doubled in January 2021 versus a year ago, government data published on Tuesday showed, rebounding from a coronavirus-induced slump in the beginning of last year.
That was up from 20.4 million in January 2020 and higher than the 32.1 million in January 2019, suggesting China’s smartphone sector has returned to its pre-pandemic levels.
Supply chain complications and consumer spending marred China’s smartphone sector as COVID-19 spread in 2020, but the sector has since bounced back along with a broader economy.
Huawei’s shipments to China fell 44% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of last year, according to data from research firm Canalys.
(Reporting by Josh Horwitz; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa)