China’s mobile phone shipment down 6.3pc in June

BEIJING (Xinhua) – China’s mobile phone shipments decreased 6.3 per cent to 34.31 million units in June, according to a report by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT).

Total shipments during the January-June period reached 186 million units, down 5.1 per cent from the same period last year, said CAICT, a research institute under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

The mobile phone market is now in a transitional period from 4G to 5G, as the first 5G phone model was launched in market last month, the report said.

Shipment of 4G phones accounted for 96.9 per cent of the total shipments in June at 33.26 million, down 5.2 per cent year on year.

Meanwhile, smartphone shipments dropped five per cent year on year to 33.22 million units, accounting for 96.8 per cent of the gross shipments last month, CAICT said.