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China's smartphone market grows for 1st time in 5 years

Vivo snags crown as Huawei drops out of top 5

An employee checks Vivo X series smartphones at a store in Guangzhou, China. (Photo by Takashi Kawakami)

GUANGZHOU -- Smartphone shipments in China climbed for the first time in five years in 2021 after a coronavirus-induced plunge the year before.

Shipments increased 1.1% to 329.3 million units, according to U.S. market researcher IDC.

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