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China now has over 800 million internet users

Chinese smartphone users (Source: The South China Morning Post)
Chinese smartphone users (Source: The South China Morning Post)
The world's most populated economy continues its growth in the internet users department. According to a recent report backed by the China Internet Network Information Centre, the total number of internet users hit 802 million at the end of June — a 30 million growth in six months.
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The Chinese tech landscape is quite interesting, especially when the figures that show up in various reports seem to defy logic. For example, a recent market research report by state-backed China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) reveals that the total number of internet users in the country reached 802 million at the end of June. However, 98.3 percent of the country's internet users own smartphones and use them to go online, but the shipments of these devices took a 4.9 percent dive last year.

Despite the decrease in smartphone shipments mentioned above, China remains the largest smartphone market in the world. According to a report issued by IDC back in February, Chinese buyers purchased over 444 million handsets back in 2017. 

Returning to the 802 million internet users mentioned above, these are a few additional key figures revealed by CNNIC's report:

  • 30 million increase during the six-month period that ended in June
  • 71 percent of the internet users engage in both online shopping and mobile payments
  • over 20 percent use the internet to manage their finances (up from 16.7 percent at the end of 2017)
  • about 25 percent of the internet users in China watched short videos on their smartphones in the first part of the year

These being said, remains to see if China hits the 1 billion internet users milestone before the end of 2020. If you have any thoughts on the evolution of the internet use in China, don't hesitate to drop a comment below.

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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5427 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2018-08-27 (Update: 2018-08-27)