IDC: Chinese, global smartphone growth to slow rapidly in 2014/2015

|By:, SA News Editor

After growing ~60% in 2013 (and fueling global shipment growth of 39%), IDC expects Chinese smartphone shipment growth to slow to ~20% in 2014 and just ~10% in 2015.

Though only 40% of China's 1B+ mobile users now use a smartphone, IDC's Kiranjeet Kaur notes most users who can comfortably afford a smartphone have already bought one. Plunging low-end Android prices could expand the addressable market in a country whose nominal per capita GDP is around $6K.

India, which has a sub-10% smartphone penetration rate, still presents a major growth opportunity. But with a nominal per capita GDP of ~$1,500, the country is even more cost-sensitive than China.

With China slowing down and developed markets living up to their name, IDC expects global smartphone growth to slow to 19% in 2014; that still spells total volumes of 1.2B. Tough competition and the ongoing mix shift towards emerging markets is expected to lead the industry's ASP to fall $27 to $308.

Smartphone OEMs with strong Chinese exposure: AAPL, SSNLF, LNVGY, ZTCOY

Chip suppliers: QCOM, BRCM, CRUS, SWKS, RFMD, MRVL

Chinese carriers: CHL, CHU, CHA