We have seen that 2017 was more of a Chinese cell phone manufacturers’ year. While they have been growing at a rapidly increasing rate for quite a while, 2017 was the year that manufacturers like Xiaomi were able to top the Korean tech giant in the important market in India. Huawei is the world’s 3rd largest device maker and occasionally tops Apple for second and OPPO and Vivo are the top three in Chinese markets.
To say 2017 has been a good year for these manufacturers wouldn’t be enough. But, it seems like Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo are preparing for a slower start to 2018. As per a report from DigiTimes, the three companies are cutting smartphone orders by over 10%. The information comes from sources at suppliers of these three companies.
As demand for new handsets decreases, the phone makers are now depending more on inventory.
The one company that appears to be safe from the slowdown is Xiaomi. The phone maker continues to be positive in its sales. Xiaomi is continuing its sudden powerful push in India, which saw it overtakes Samsung in the country. India seems to be an interesting battleground for 2018 as Samsung and Xiaomi battle it out to take the top position and Huawei looks to strengthen its presence.
Xiaomi and Huawei both seem to strengthen its existence in the United States next year. Rumors of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro’s release on Verizon and AT&T have increased lately, and Xiaomi is reportedly in talks with US carriers to carry its phones as well, according to Bloomberg.
Despite cutting a certain percentage of its orders, it looks like 2018 will prove to be a good year for these Chinese phone makers.