China’s smartphone shipments surge by over 67% in March

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Despite the ravaging pandemic, the China Academy of Information and Communications (CAICT) revealed that shipment of smartphones in China has peaked by 67.7% year-on-year to 35.5 million handsets in March.

This was made known on Monday, April 12, 2021, which also signifies that the mobile phone industry has returned to pre-pandemic levels.

According to data from the state-backed think tank CAICT, shipments increased from 21 million in March 2020 and 21.3 million in February 2021.

With the spread of COVID-19 in early 2020, manufacturing challenges and a backward consumer economy have harmed China’s smartphone industry, but with the overall economic development, the industry has basically recovered.

Despite the outbreak of the pandemic in China, mobile phone brands are still facing production problems due to a global shortage of computer chips.

The combined influence of various factors, such as misestimation of demand, unexpected plant closures, and tensions between China and the United States, led many auto companies to report chip procurement issues in late December.

Since then, this shortage has spread to many types of chips and all types of hardware, including smart phones.