Smartphone shipments in China plunged in the first quarter, falling more than the global market, a new report shows, a stat that could worry the world's biggest phone makers including Apple and Huawei.
Vendors shipped 104.9 million units to China in the first quarter of 2016, a five percent year-over-year decline from the 109.8 million recorded in the same period last year, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. The fall outstrips the global smartphone market which fell 3 percent.
China still remains the world's largest smartphone market and many manufacturers still see the world's second-largest economy as a big growth driver for their business. However, with the market now maturing, conditions are likely to be tougher.
"China smartphone growth is slowing due to market saturation, inventory build and economic headwinds," Linda Sui, director at Strategy Analytics, said in a press release.