The giant Chinese smartphone maker, Huawei, once again regains the leading smartphone seller in Chinese market. According to the latest data announced by Canalys, Huawei managed to ship up to 21 million units in Q1 2017, taking up 18% market share in the country.
Despite the impressive annual growth rate of 55%, Oppo, which was the previous leader, just comes with the second position with 20 million units shipped. At the No.3 was another Oppo’s brother, Vivo, with 17 million units that takes up 15%.
As for the data, the Chinese smartphone market continued to grow in Q1 this year, gaining a higher 9% growth compared to the same period last year. There were about 114 million smartphones released in China in the last quarter. The market is mainly held by top three vendors : Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo, growing to over 50%. Xiaomi, which ranked in third in Q1 last year, has now dropped to the fifth position, together with Apple. 9 million units is the figure that the company shipped in Q1 2017. Canalys Research Analyst Mo Jia predicts that Xiaomi will be difficult to grow this year, if the company does not introduce an aspirational brand, while other rivals like Oppo and Vivo continue to gain the strong growths, and even Huawei plans on boosting investments for its offline channel.
Surprisingly, despite the biggest smartphone maker in the world, Samsung does not appear in the top five. Apple is the only non-Chinese manufacturer to rank at the top 5. Although Samsung made a significant influence on China in the past, its market share has been dropping over the past several quarters. While the duo Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ help Samsung to ship more smartphones in the second quarter, we are not sure whether that could help Samsung take a position in top five. However, it should be noted that Samsung has rolled out a “special” version of the Galaxy S8+ for this market, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.