Chinese OEMs Are Expecting Sales Declines In Early 2017.


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When it comes to smartphone sales there are a few top dogs who share most of the market share. The current top of the market belongs to Samsung, then Apple, then Huawei. Even Oppo and Vivo are ahead of the other most well known brands in the US like HTC, LG and Motorola. Some Chinese brands like LeEco and Xiaomi have also been making a push to gain some of the market share. Xiaomi has already hinted at some sort of US market phone release at CES which is exciting. All three of the top Chinese companies Huawei, Xiaomi, and LeEco have seen huge growth over the past few years, but that growth eventually slows down as market saturation is reached.

These brands are predicting a decline in sales for the first quarter of 2017. This may be the case for all cell phone manufacturers as the holidays have come and gone and the first quarter of the year is generally a lul period for tech. We are seeing reports that Chinese OEMs have reduced the number of component orders entering the beginning of the year. The report suggest this decision was made after a less than expected performing 2nd half of 2016. These companies expect the trend to continue and they are preparing for that. The fact that these companies are being a bit more conservative may not mean they are in trouble, just that they know they won't be able to continue the incredible growth rate of the past few years.

via DigiTimes