back to article More than one-fifth of smartphone sales evaporate in China as pandemic grips Middle Kingdom

Huawei has emerged from China's COVID-19 ravaged smartphone sector in Q1 as the only handset maker to report a local sales bump - not a big one, but it's likely not complaining. That's quite a feat considering the Chinese market actually declined 22 per cent year-on-year, during those three months, according to number cruncher …

  1. anthonyhegedus Silver badge

    That’s interesting because I was beginning to suspect that having a smartphone was de facto compulsory in China. You can’t actually get into places without the coronavirus app telling people you’re probably not infectious.

    1. doublelayer Silver badge

      But that smartphone doesn't have to be a new one. You already basically had to have one for many services in the cities, so this is not really a driver of more smartphone purchases unless the battery on an old one keeps dying. Maybe it will sell more backup batteries, but probably not new phones.

  2. Jason Hindle

    Not necessarily surprising

    Huawei’s high end models might actually selling quite well, to people who, like a lot of Reg readers, have the luxury of full pay/hours from home. And China’s tech sector is really embracing work from home for its knowledge workers. If only Japan (for its own sake - excuse the pun) would do the same.

  3. Ashto5

    Big Data Big Brother

    From all of the press on China, it would seem that you do need a “smart” phone or “comrade on your shoulder” to live there.

    Apple are in for a bumpy time, the price is too high for their devices and in the west people are going to be tightening there belts.

    Apple may be a bite to expensive for most.

    America and apple need to bring the manufacturing back home while they can, it’s hard to sell buy American when it’s made in China.

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