According to iiMedia Research, global mobile phone shipments in 2018 were 1.891 billion, down 4.4% from a year earlier, of which smartphone shipments were 1.405 billion, down 4.2% from a year earlier. As the world's largest mobile phone market, China has contracted more sharply than the global market. In 2018, China shipped 390 million smartphones, down 11.7% from 2017, and the stock competition intensified. At the same time, emerging market countries, represented by Africa and India, are in the period of demographic dividend release. Mobile phone penetration rate is generally low, and mainly functional machines. Data show that smartphone penetration in Africa remained at 33% in 2018, compared with 28% in India. Incremental market and upgrading demand of stock market brought by demographic dividend in emerging countries show that the mobile phone market still has great development potential, which attracts the attention of mobile phone giants, who have increased their efforts to explore emerging markets. Overseas sales of Chinese brand smartphones increased to 40% in 2018. With the acceleration of the pace of ““going to sea““ of China's major brands, Transsion's dislocation market competition strategy is gradually ineffective. It will face a positive competition among several giant brands, and the competition will become more intense.
Driven by favorable policies, technological advancement and market demand, the global 3C product industry is developing at a high speed. In 2018, the global 3C product shipments reached 3.93 billion units. At the same time, the volume of China's e-commerce transactions has increased year by year, and the proportion of online sales of 3C products has increased. With the continuous improvement of the living standards of the people and the pursuit of product performance, the consumption of 3C products in China continues to escalate. In the Chinese tablet market in 2018, Chinese companies Huawei and Lenovo accounted for 33.3% of the total market share. In 2018, the domestic mobile phone market totaled 410 million units, and domestic brand mobile phone shipments reached 370 million units, accounting for 89.5% of the same period of mobile phone shipments. The overall market size of smart wearable devices is growing, and sales are increasing year by year. iiMedia Research data shows that the 3C product e-commerce platform in Suning Online Market's network reputation is the best, 3C products e-commerce platform males account for a larger proportion. With the development and application of big data and 5G technology, driving 3C products into the fast lane of development, iiMedia Research’s analysts believe that big data will become the core competitiveness of e-commerce development, and 3C product manufacturers should actively deploy 5G new outlets. Meeting 3C products brings new market opportunities.
As the user bonus of Chinese smart phone market comes to an end and the market tends to be saturated, Chinese smart phone brands gradually shift the main battlefield of competition to overseas and embark on the strategy of “going to sea“ one after another. The huge potential of southeast Asia makes it the main starting point for all smart phone brands. According to data from iiMedia Research, xiaomi topped the list in India in market share in 2018. In Indonesia, xiaomi and vivo saw their market share increase significantly, while OPPO expanded strongly in Thailand. In the future, the competition among various smart phone brands in the southeast Asian market will be further intensified, and high-profile brands and sinking channels will become the main means of competition. In addition, smart phone brands will actively respond to 5G revolution while focusing on 4G investment.
As the data of iiMedia Research showed,the Chinese shipment of smart phone in the third season in 2018 declined obviously year-on-year.The top 5 smart phone brands—iPhone,Huawei,OPPO,vivo and Xiaomi dominate the most market share in China,with iPhone accounting for 28.9%and Huawei accounting for 17.1%.Huawei owns the best public praise from the Internet in the top 5 smart phone brands,while iPhone got the most discussing and the most powerful dissemination but the most negative comment form its new product release meeting in 2018.