Chinese smartphone shipments continue to fall, decline 34% from last quarter

Last week, we told you that global smartphone shipments dropped 2.9% in the first quarter led by a decline in Chinese smartphone shipments. While we knew that the number of shipments in China declined to less than 100 million units for the first time since Q3 of 2013, we now have a better handle on the weakness in that country. According to a fresh report published on Friday, the number of smartphones shipped in China during the first quarter of 2018 tallied less than 90 million units.

Some of the decline can be blamed on the Chinese Lunar New Year. The holiday cut into smartphone production. …


Samsung remains on top as global smartphone shipments drop 2.9% in Q1

For the first time since the third quarter of 2013, quarterly smartphone shipments in China totaled less than 100 million units leading global smartphone shipments to decline 2.9% in the first quarter. Overall, 334.3 million handsets were delivered from January through March, down from the 344.4 million shipped during the same period last year. Samsung remained on top with a total of 78.2 million units in transit during the period, down 2.4% from the 80.1 million shipped last year. Because the overall number of phones delivered was lower, Sammy actually saw an increase in market share from 23.3% …

Apple has largest wearables share as overall shipments set quarterly and annual records

Unlike the smartphone market, which has seen a decline in shipments, total deliveries in the wearables market set a quarterly record during Q4, and an annual record during 2017. According to IDC, during the fourth quarter of 2017 shipments of wearable devices rose 7.7% from 35.2 million units to a record 37.9 million. For all of 2017, a record 115.4 million wearables shipped, up a healthy 10.3% from 2016’s total of 104.6 million units delivered.

IDC’s data shows that for the first time ever, the Apple Watch was the wearables leader during the quarter. Led by the Series 3 Cellular model, …

IDC: Pixel shipments surge, Essential phone lags in 2017

A couple of tweets from IDC”s research director Francisco Jeronimo, revealed that Google doubled the number of Pixel handsets it shipped last year to 3.9 million handsets. That is a strong performance on an annual basis, but the Pixel made up just a small percentage of the global market. In fact, it is less than 1%. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL didn’t launch until the fourth quarter of 2017 which means that much of the strong showing was due to sales of the original generation models.

The Pixel handsets have a way to go to compete with the likes of the iPhone and the Galaxy S line. Of course, …

Phone shipments mark 'the biggest annual fall' on record, expensive flagships to blame

Buried in the latest industry reports that witnessed quite a few movers and shakers, is the fact that Q4 actually saw the largest quarterly drop on record in smartphone shipments. That’s right, research firm Strategy Analytics showed that shipments were 9% down in Q4 2017, compared to 2016, or “the biggest annual fall in smartphone history.”
The culprits? Longer upgrade cycles, particularly in China, due to midrangers becoming “good enough,” while average selling prices for flagships are getting ever higher with no “wow” factors attached to their ballooning costs. …

Apple led in worldwide shipments of tablets in Q4; Amazon finished second, surpassing Samsung

The Apple iPad was the most shipped tablet in the world during the fourth quarter of 2017. For the three months from October through December, Apple delivered 13.2 million slates; that was up .6% from the 13.1 million that it shipped during the same quarter in 2016. Apple owned 26.6% of the global tablet market during the last three months of 2017. Cupertino’s focus on the iPad Pro should continue this year. The next version of the high-end iPad is expected to be equipped with an edge-to-edge screen, similar to the iPhone X, and include the TrueDepth Camera and Face ID.

Usually you would …

Chinese smartphone shipments declined in 2017 for the first time ever

No, 2017 was not a good year for smartphone shipments into China. According to research firm Canalys, for all of last year such deliveries declined 4% from 2016’s figure to hit 459 million units. That is the first time ever that the country experienced a year-over-year decline in shipments of intelligent handsets. Had the last three months of last year turned out differently, the growth streak might have continued. From October through December of 2017, just shy of 113 million phones made their way into China. That was a 14% decline from Q4 2016.

Huawei remained on top of the Chinese market …

Chip maker TSMC sees shipments of top shelf smartphones declining this year

TSMC, the company that produced the A11 bionic SoC for the trio of 2017 Apple iPhone models, is expecting a decline in the shipment of high-end smartphones in 2018. C.C. Wei, co-chief executive of TSMC, sees declining shipments this year for high-end handsets. He sees shipments of mid-to low-end handsets actually increasing during 2018. TSMC expects wafer based revenue for mobile phones to come in flat this year, compared with 2017.

The company has already received the word that it will be the sole producer of the Apple A12 chipset which will be found in the 2018 iPhone models. TSMC also …

Apple iPhone X suppliers report weak November shipments, and expect this month to be worse

November was apparently a rough month for companies that supply Apple with components for the iPhone X. On a sequential basis (month over month), camera lens manufacturer Largan Precision saw its revenue rise only 0.05%. The company expects to see revenues decline in December. This is a pattern that other iPhone X suppliers are running into. Chassis and casing supplier Catcher saw its November revenue decline 10.4%. The company that provides touch panels, General Interface Solutions, struggled through a month-over-month 15.53% revenue drop in November.

The main problem is that Apple’s component …

Android One Moto X4 shipments delayed for at least one week

Google and Motorola introduced the Android One Moto X4 in the United States last month and said the smartphone should start shipping this week.

Unfortunately, those who placed Moto X4 pre-orders from Project Fi have received emails that inform them their smartphones will be shipped later than expected. Google now claims that due to a “production delay,” Moto X4 pre-orders will ship between October 18 and October 25.

Also, if you’ve signed up for the trade-in program, you will still have a full 30 days to send your old smartphone as soon as you receive the …