Apple drops out of top five smartphone makers in China

Apple drops out of top five smartphone makers in China
Chinese smartphone makers have phased off Apple from the top five smartphone makers in the world’s most populous nation. 

With an upsurge of affordable Android devices from Chinese vendors, Apple is way too expensive to be able to compete.

Currently, the top five of smartphone makers in China looks like so:

1. Samsung
2. Lenovo
3. Coolpad
4. ZTE
5. Huawei

"(The Chinese vendors) are selling their devices at a very low price that can attract first-time smartphone users," Nicole Peng, a Canalys analyst said. "Apple's iPhone is still very expensive and it kind of limits their expansion in the country, when the target audience of where the growth is coming from is at the low-end."

The Chinese market is showing very interesting dynamics with Lenovo quickly rising to the top and having an opportunity to outrun Samsung. Coolpad is a local company that is not widely known outside of China. A brand of Yulong Computer Telecommunication Scientific, it is another brand that offers affordable smartphones, sometimes even below the $100 mark.

In the third quarter of 2012, smartphone shipments in China stood at more than 50 million units. While most smartphones in the country of over a billion sell for between $70 and $120, the iPhone 4S is priced at the whopping $713 off contract.

source: ComputerWorld

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29 Comments

2. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

I've heard most of the brands in the list except coolpad

7. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Metro PCs got coolpad. i google it hehehe i also dont know this brand

18. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

oh,i wonder how they came up with the name coolpad

20. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Maybe they "THUNK" the pads are cool! :D

4. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

Of course, they're Chinese they know how to use their money wisely

15. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

I got a song for Apple.... "Na na na na...Na na na na...hey hey GoodBye!" And good riddence too :)

6. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Yeah...what eo expect "...While most smartphones in the country of over a billion sell for between $70 and $120, the iPhone 4S is priced at the whopping $713 off contract."

8. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

its a good news that apple not actually hypnotized all races.

12. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Thx for the moderation. Interestingly, Chinese customers often have two (or more) contracts and many prefer using dual-sim devices, the availability of such products have a major impact on the success of certain brands.

14. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Thumbs up for xiaomi! bring these phones to the world! (just make sure you aley all potential issues).

17. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Apple will never succes in Asia, with theirs overprized iDevices and peoples are smarter there. They know whats value for the money. :)

19. Aeires unregistered

People can make fun of cheap phones all they want, it gets market share and takes away purchases from more expensive models. Apple thinks they can use the US model of pricing in China and this shows it doesn't work. Doubt they'll ever figure it out.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You get what you pay for.

24. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

You get 400 dollars less than what you pay for.

27. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Most people know that, that's why many people switched to Android and Win8 phones quietly.

28. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1774; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Overpaying doesn't make you smart or the product any better. I could buy a piece of toast that looks like Jesus for $1000 on ebay. Now tell me that is a good deal?

29. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

lmao this WAS funny!

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