The China Academy of Information and Communications (CAICT) reported that shipments of smartphones within China fell 31.8% year-on-year to 14.5 million handsets in February.
According to the CAICT, shipments were down from about 21.3 million handsets in February 2021 and 32.4 million in January 2022.
Due to a global computer chip shortage, handset brands are currently experiencing production issues.
Criticism has led many automobile companies to report chip sourcing issues, including miscalculations, unexpected factory closures, and US-China tensions.
That shortage has since spread to many types of chips and all kinds of hardware, including smartphones.
Delayed upgrades from consumers have also caused sales to slow in China.