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Smartphone Users Disconnect From Latest Models

By Sun Congying, Qin Min and Coco Feng
An attendee uses her smartphone on Monday at Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeChat Open Class Pro conference in the southern city of Guangzhou. Smartphone shipments in China fell nearly 10% in the first 11 months of 2017. Photo: Visual China
An attendee uses her smartphone on Monday at Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeChat Open Class Pro conference in the southern city of Guangzhou. Smartphone shipments in China fell nearly 10% in the first 11 months of 2017. Photo: Visual China

Demand for smartphones in China has become so low that Apple Inc.’s flagship iPhone X is selling for less than its official price.

The 6% price difference of a silver, 64-gigabyte iPhone X on online retailer JD.com and Apple’s official Chinese site epitomizes the current sluggish demand for phones in the world’s most-populous country.

Smartphone shipments in China declined nearly 10% to 448 million units in the first 11 months of 2017, while the number of new models launched by manufacturers plummeted 27% to 964, according to the Ministry of Industry and Internet Technology.

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