Executive Summary

Aug 2019
Changing face of entertainment exerting strong influence on consumer electronics

The Chinese consumer electronics market is being transformed by the changing face of consumer entertainment. The rise of streaming services has generated increasing demand for enhanced audio and visual experiences, stimulating upmarket trends across a range of categories.

Trend towards specialisation and personalisation in 2019

The overall consumer electronics market saw continued volume decline in 2019, largely as a result of falling volumes in the important computers and peripherals, and smartphones categories, which are seeing their potential for expansion constrained by deep penetration levels and maturity. The end of the review period did, however, see areas of growth, driven in part by a growing trend towards specialisation and personalisation as manufacturers increasingly targeted the requirements of particular consumer groups.

Domestic companies maintain dominance, supported by ongoing innovation

Domestic players continued to dominate the Chinese consumer electronics market in 2019, occupying eight of the top 10 places in the rankings during the year. Chinese companies have the ability to compete aggressively in terms of price and the advantage of extensive distribution networks, as well as an intimate knowledge of the character of local demand.

Internet retailing consolidates position as leading channel

Internet retailing became the largest distribution channel for consumer electronics in 2018 and continued to increase its share of overall volumes in 2019. E-commerce is booming across a wide range of consumer goods categories in China, and is particularly compatible with consumer electronics, in part because of the demographic and tech-savvy character of the core consumer base.

5G set to have an influential role to play in development of consumer electronics

Consumer electronics is forecast to see an ongoing fall in volumes over 2019-2024. Key categories such as computers and peripherals, and smartphones will continue to be constrained by deep levels of penetration, while smartphones and apps are set to render task-specific products increasingly irrelevant and discourage consumers from replacing laptops and tablets.

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Consumer Electronics in China

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Changing face of entertainment exerting strong influence on consumer electronics
Trend towards specialisation and personalisation in 2019
Domestic companies maintain dominance, supported by ongoing innovation
Internet retailing consolidates position as leading channel
5G set to have an influential role to play in development of consumer electronics

MARKET DATA

Table 1 Sales of Consumer Electronics by Category: Volume 2014-2019
Table 2 Sales of Consumer Electronics by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 3 Sales of Consumer Electronics by Category: % Volume Growth 2014-2019
Table 4 Sales of Consumer Electronics by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 5 NBO Company Shares of Consumer Electronics: % Volume 2015-2019
Table 6 LBN Brand Shares of Consumer Electronics: % Volume 2016-2019
Table 7 Distribution of Consumer Electronics by Channel: % Volume 2014-2019
Table 8 Forecast Sales of Consumer Electronics by Category: Volume 2019-2024
Table 9 Forecast Sales of Consumer Electronics by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 10 Forecast Sales of Consumer Electronics by Category: % Volume Growth 2019-2024
Table 11 Forecast Sales of Consumer Electronics by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

SOURCES

Summary 1 Research Sources

Computers and Peripherals in China

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Ongoing decline softened by popularity of gaming and ultra-thin laptops
Digital transformation of business provides longer-term potential
Large-screen smartphones undermining consumer demand for tablets

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Lenovo focuses on key areas of evolving demand
HP targets both high-end demand and price-conscious consumers
Huawei continues to develop detachable tablets offer

CATEGORY DATA

Table 12 Sales of Computers and Peripherals by Category: Volume 2014-2019
Table 13 Sales of Computers and Peripherals by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 14 Sales of Computers and Peripherals by Category: % Volume Growth 2014-2019
Table 15 Sales of Computers and Peripherals by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 16 Sales of Computers by Category: Business Volume 2014-2019
Table 17 Sales of Computers by Category: Business Value MSP 2014-2019
Table 18 Sales of Computers by Category: Busines Volume Growth 2014-2019
Table 19 Sales of Computers by Category: Business Value MSP Growth 2014-2019
Table 20 Sales of Laptops by Form Factor 2018-2019
Table 21 Sales of Tablets by Operating System 2014-2019
Table 22 NBO Company Shares of Computers and Peripherals: % Volume 2015-2019
Table 23 LBN Brand Shares of Computers and Peripherals: % Volume 2016-2019
Table 24 Distribution of Computers and Peripherals by Channel: % Volume 2014-2019
Table 25 Forecast Sales of Computers and Peripherals by Category: Volume 2019-2024
Table 26 Forecast Sales of Computers and Peripherals by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 27 Forecast Sales of Computers and Peripherals by Category: % Volume Growth 2019-2024
Table 28 Forecast Sales of Computers and Peripherals by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024
Table 29 Forecast Sales of Computers by Category: Business Volume 2019-2024
Table 30 Forecast Sales of Computers by Category: Business Value MSP 2019-2024
Table 31 Forecast Sales of Computers by Category: Busines Volume Growth 2019-2024
Table 32 Forecast Sales of Computers by Category: Business Value MSP Growth 2019-2024
Table 33 Forecast Sales of Laptops by Form Factor 2019-2024
Table 34 Forecast Sales of Tablets by Operating System 2019-2024

Home Audio and Cinema in China

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Rise of smartphones and wireless speakers undermining sales
Home cinema and speaker systems sees upturn
TV viewers look for enhanced audio experiences

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Philips’ lead underpinned by reputation for quality
International brands lead the market
International brands at forefront of innovation

CATEGORY DATA

Table 35 Sales of Home Audio and Cinema by Category: Volume 2014-2019
Table 36 Sales of Home Audio and Cinema by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 37 Sales of Home Audio and Cinema by Category: % Volume Growth 2014-2019
Table 38 Sales of Home Audio and Cinema by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 39 NBO Company Shares of Home Audio and Cinema: % Volume 2015-2019
Table 40 LBN Brand Shares of Home Audio and Cinema: % Volume 2016-2019
Table 41 Distribution of Home Audio and Cinema by Channel: % Volume 2014-2019
Table 42 Forecast Sales of Home Audio and Cinema by Category: Volume 2019-2024
Table 43 Forecast Sales of Home Audio and Cinema by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 44 Forecast Sales of Home Audio and Cinema by Category: % Volume Growth 2019-2024
Table 45 Forecast Sales of Home Audio and Cinema by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

Home Video in China

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Premiumisation drives growth in TVs despite threat from rival devices
Streaming services boost demand for smart TVs
Video players becoming obsolete due to rise of video streaming

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Hisense targeting the premiumisation trend
Competition intensifies in TVs, leading to contrasting performances
Skyworth continues to build on early mover advantage in OLED TVs

CATEGORY DATA

Table 46 Sales of Home Video by Category: Volume 2014-2019
Table 47 Sales of Home Video by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 48 Sales of Home Video by Category: % Volume Growth 2014-2019
Table 49 Sales of Home Video by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 50 Sales of LCD TVs by Network Connectivity: % Retail Volume 2014-2019
Table 51 Sales of OLED TVs by Network Connectivity: % Retail Volume 2014-2019
Table 52 NBO Company Shares of Home Video: % Volume 2015-2019
Table 53 LBN Brand Shares of Home Video: % Volume 2016-2019
Table 54 Distribution of Home Video by Channel: % Volume 2014-2019
Table 55 Forecast Sales of Home Video by Category: Volume 2019-2024
Table 56 Forecast Sales of Home Video by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 57 Forecast Sales of Home Video by Category: % Volume Growth 2019-2024
Table 58 Forecast Sales of Home Video by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024
Table 59 Forecast Sales of LCD TVs by Network Connectivity: % Retail Volume 2019-2024
Table 60 Forecast Sales of OLED TVs by Network Connectivity: % Retail Volume 2019-2024

Imaging Devices in China

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Compact systems cameras the only bright spot, as smartphones continue to drive down sales of digital cameras
Shift in demand towards higher-end cameras drives up unit price
Digital camcorders upturn driven by fashion

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Canon targets compact systems cameras in key strategic market
Japanese players dominate, but struggle to meet market challenges
Osmo Pocket drives turnaround in digital camcorders

CATEGORY DATA

Table 61 Sales of Imaging Devices by Category: Volume 2014-2019
Table 62 Sales of Imaging Devices by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 63 Sales of Imaging Devices by Category: % Volume Growth 2014-2019
Table 64 Sales of Imaging Devices by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 65 Sales of Digital Cameras by Type: % Retail Volume 2014-2019
Table 66 NBO Company Shares of Imaging Devices: % Volume 2015-2019
Table 67 LBN Brand Shares of Imaging Devices: % Volume 2016-2019
Table 68 Distribution of Imaging Devices by Channel: % Volume 2014-2019
Table 69 Forecast Sales of Imaging Devices by Category: Volume 2019-2024
Table 70 Forecast Sales of Imaging Devices by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 71 Forecast Sales of Imaging Devices by Category: % Volume Growth 2019-2024
Table 72 Forecast Sales of Imaging Devices by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024
Table 73 Forecast Sales of Digital Cameras by Type: % Retail Volume 2019-2024

In-Car Entertainment in China

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Pre-installation trend undermines sales across in-car entertainment
Apps rendering in-car navigation obsolete
In-car entertainment distribution continues to shift towards e-commerce

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Flyaudio reinforces leading position through innovation
Manufacturers responding to challenges with smart and connected devices
Players withdrawing from in-car navigation

CATEGORY DATA

Table 74 Sales of In-Car Entertainment by Category: Volume 2014-2019
Table 75 Sales of In-Car Entertainment by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 76 Sales of In-Car Entertainment by Category: % Volume Growth 2014-2019
Table 77 Sales of In-Car Entertainment by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 78 NBO Company Shares of In-Car Entertainment: % Volume 2015-2019
Table 79 LBN Brand Shares of In-Car Entertainment: % Volume 2016-2019
Table 80 Distribution of In-Car Entertainment by Channel: % Volume 2014-2019
Table 81 Forecast Sales of In-Car Entertainment by Category: Volume 2019-2024
Table 82 Forecast Sales of In-Car Entertainment by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 83 Forecast Sales of In-Car Entertainment by Category: % Volume Growth 2019-2024
Table 84 Forecast Sales of In-Car Entertainment by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

Mobile Phones in China

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Maturity and longer replacement cycles lead to volume decline in smartphones
Growing role of digital payment supports importance of smartphones
Market seeing the emergence of gaming phones

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Huawei pulls further ahead through investment in innovation
Meitu teaming up with Xiaomi to stimulate turnaround
Leading players adopt segmented brand strategies

CATEGORY DATA

Table 85 Sales of Mobile Phones by Category: Volume 2014-2019
Table 86 Sales of Mobile Phones by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 87 Sales of Mobile Phones by Category: % Volume Growth 2014-2019
Table 88 Sales of Mobile Phones by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 89 Sales of Smartphones by Screen Size: % Retail Volume 2018-2019
Table 90 NBO Company Shares of Mobile Phones: % Volume 2015-2019
Table 91 LBN Brand Shares of Mobile Phones: % Volume 2016-2019
Table 92 Distribution of Mobile Phones by Channel: % Volume 2014-2019
Table 93 Forecast Sales of Mobile Phones by Category: Volume 2019-2024
Table 94 Forecast Sales of Mobile Phones by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 95 Forecast Sales of Mobile Phones by Category: % Volume Growth 2019-2024
Table 96 Forecast Sales of Mobile Phones by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024
Table 97 Forecast Sales of Smartphones by Screen Size: % Retail Volume 2019-2024

Portable Players in China

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Low-priced domestic speakers drive dynamic growth in wireless speakers
Introducing child-specific features
Smartphones represents major threat to e-readers and portable media players

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Alibaba achieves strong position through aggressive pricing strategy
Growing number of players looking to benefit from category growth
Dominant player, Amazon, introduces affordable localised products in e-readers

CATEGORY DATA

Table 98 Sales of Portable Players by Category: Volume 2014-2019
Table 99 Sales of Portable Players by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 100 Sales of Portable Players by Category: % Volume Growth 2014-2019
Table 101 Sales of Portable Players by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 102 NBO Company Shares of Portable Players: % Volume 2015-2019
Table 103 LBN Brand Shares of Portable Players: % Volume 2016-2019
Table 104 Distribution of Portable Players by Channel: % Volume 2014-2019
Table 105 Forecast Sales of Portable Players by Category: Volume 2019-2024
Table 106 Forecast Sales of Portable Players by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 107 Forecast Sales of Portable Players by Category: % Volume Growth 2019-2024
Table 108 Forecast Sales of Portable Players by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

Wearable Electronics in China

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Growth slows, constrained by maturity and limited innovation potential
Demand for children’s phone watches boosts smart wearables sales
Innovation in design and technology

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Huami continues to develop the Mi Band offer
New product developments spur strong performance for Huawei
Overseas players fail to justify brand positioning

CATEGORY DATA

Table 109 Sales of Wearable Electronics by Category: Volume 2014-2019
Table 110 Sales of Wearable Electronics by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 111 Sales of Wearable Electronics by Category: % Volume Growth 2014-2019
Table 112 Sales of Wearable Electronics by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 113 NBO Company Shares of Wearable Electronics: % Volume 2015-2019
Table 114 LBN Brand Shares of Wearable Electronics: % Volume 2016-2019
Table 115 Distribution of Wearable Electronics by Channel: % Volume 2015-2019
Table 116 Forecast Sales of Wearable Electronics by Category: Volume 2019-2024
Table 117 Forecast Sales of Wearable Electronics by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 118 Forecast Sales of Wearable Electronics by Category: % Volume Growth 2019-2024
Table 119 Forecast Sales of Wearable Electronics by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024