China’s Q1 smartphone sales may be cut in half due to coronavirus

Since many retail shops have closed for an extended period and production has yet to fully resume due to the coronavirus, China’s Q1 smartphone sales may plunge by as much as 50% in the first quarter, according to research reports.

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China’s Q1 smartphone sales. Pictured: Apple Tianyi Square

Canalys expects China’s smartphone shipments to halve in the first quarter from a year ago, while IDC, another research firm that tracks the tech sector, forecasts a 30% drop.

Apple Inc said last week it is extending its retail store closures in China and has yet to finalise opening dates, as Foxconn, which assembles iPhones, struggles to fully resume factories. Foxconn received government approval on Monday to resume production at a plant in the city of Zhenghzou, but its major plant in Shenzhen remain unopened.

Globally, smartphone production will decrease by 12% in the March quarter to a five-year low of 275 million units, research firm TrendForce said on Monday. It revised down iPhone production by 10% to 41 million units… Samsung Electronics Co, the world’s top smartphone maker, is seen the least affected by the virus outbreak as its main production base is in Vietnam, the report said, lowering its production forecasts by just 3% to 71.5 million units.

MacDailyNews Take: Here are the latest figures according to Caixin:

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