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China Smartphone Shipments Leap 30% Despite Chips Crisis

Numbers are up from 21.3 million in July last year to 27.8 million last month, according to state-backed think tank CAICT


Shoppers looking at smartphones in Huawei's first global flagship store in Shenzhen, China. Photo: Reuters

Shipments of smartphones in China jumped 30.6% year-on-year to 27.8 million handsets in July, the China Academy of Information and Communications (CAICT) reported on Thursday.

The figures are a positive sign for handset sales for the remainder of the year after a lull in the first half.

Shipment numbers are up from 21.3 million in July 2020 and up from 25.2 million in June 2021, according to the CAICT, a state-backed think tank.

 

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The figure come despite some handset brands suffering from production issues due to the global computer chip shortage.

A combination of factors including demand miscalculation, unexpected factory shutdowns and US-China tensions caused a number of automobile companies to report chip sourcing issues in late December.

That shortage has since spread to many types of chips and all kinds of hardware, including smartphones.

 

  • Reuters

 

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