Taiwan sees almost 10 percent drop in smartphone sales in 2017

Smartphone sales dropped 9% in 2017, according to DigiTimes. About 7-7.5 million smartphones were sold in Taiwan in 2017, slipping nearly one million units, according to an industry estimate, but the value of those units increased as buyers embraced more expensive models.

“Nevertheless, sales value of smartphones sold in Taiwan in 2017 is believed to have stayed flat as compared to those recorded a year earlier due to a rise of sales ratio of mid-tier to high-end models, said industry sources.

“Looking ahead, smartphone shipments in the local market in 2018 are expected to stay flat both in terms of unit shipments and sales value, according to Randy Lee, deputy general manager of mobile communications business unit, Samsung Taiwan. ‘However, the sales ratio of mid-range to high-end models priced from NT$9,000-18,000 (US$304-608) will rise in 2018, Lee said, adding that unit shipments in the above NT$18,000 segment will decline, while the ratio of entry-level models will remain unchanged.’ “