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Report: China's mobile phone market reports first-quarter decline

China's smartphone market reported a decline in the first quarter of this year because of the impact of the country's coronavirus outbreak. But leading suppliers are registering a better performance than initial expectations, a recent report on the sector shows.
China's mobile phone shipments fell 18 per cent year-on-year to 73 million devices in the first three months of 2020, data from analyst Canalys showed.

China's top five smartphone suppliers are managing to maintain stability, particularly Huawei, which continued to lead the market and even reported 1 percent growth in annual supply despite tough conditions, Radio China reports.

Oppo took second place, followed by Vivo, whose deliveries shrank by 26% and 19% respectively. Xiaomi reported a 26% drop and took fourth place, while the fifth position remained for Apple.

Canalys notes the role of China's well-developed e-commerce as a smartphone distribution channel to support the market, as well as the fact that most Chinese businesses have renewed operations relatively quickly.

The analyst predicts the supply of devices in China for the full of 2020 at best to reach 326 million, 137 million of them 5G phones.