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China Smartphone Sales Power Down in First Quarter

People use their smartphones to take pictures of Beijing's Palace Museum from the top of a hill in the capital's Jingshan Park on Feb. 20. Photo: VCG
People use their smartphones to take pictures of Beijing's Palace Museum from the top of a hill in the capital's Jingshan Park on Feb. 20. Photo: VCG

China’s smartphone market performed worse than any other major global region in the first quarter of this year, with demand down by 6% as the market suffered from saturation, according to data-tracking firm Gfk.

The soft performance in China, the world’s largest smartphone market, compared with a 2% contraction for global smartphone sales, which totaled 347 million units during the three months through March, Gfk said in its quarterly report published on Wednesday. North America also saw a 5% drop in demand, while the figure was down by 2% in Western Europe.

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