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Smartphone sales on China's mainland dip in Q2

Sales are expected to rebound with new models likely to launch in H2
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A man plays a mobile phone game at the 2017 ChinaJoy. 

Smartphone sales in the Chinese mainland dipped 0.7 percent in the second quarter from a year ago but they are set to rebound with new models likely to launch in the second half, research firm IDC said today.

In the April-June period, domestic smartphone sales reached 111 million units because of fewer new models released in the period and on weak replacement demand, said IDC, or International Data Corp, a US-based research firm.

The market is, however, expected to rebound with the debut of new iPhone and Samsung flagship models boasting advanced technologies for the screen and artificial intelligence, analysts said.

Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Apple were the top five models in China in the second quarter. Apple was the only player which suffered falling sales among the top five, said IDC. 

Huawei led the market with 21 percent share in the quarter, followed by Oppo’s 17.9 percent, Vivo’s 14.4 percent, Xiaomi’s 14.2 percent, and Apple’s 8 percent, according to IDC.

Apple’s market share dropped 1.7 percentage points in the quarter while the other top players gained share.

During the quarter, Apple's revenue rose 10 percent from a year ago to US$8 billion, according to its latest fiscal report.

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