Apple iPhone is number 5 in China with 8% of the market during Q1

Apple iPhone is number 5 in China with 8% of the market during Q1
With the Chinese smartphone market the largest in the world, and now more than triple the size of the U.S. market, it is important for Apple to continue picking up market share in the country. During the first quarter of 2013, the Cupertino based tech giant was able to move up a spot to fifth place with 8% of the Chinese smartphone market. According to research firm Canalys, the company earned an 8% slice of the pie thanks to the release of the Apple iPhone 5 and price cuts on older models.

Apple, which still does not have a deal worked out with the world's largest carrier, China Mobile, is looking up at its Korean rival in the country. With a 20% market share in China, Samsung is on top of the charts followed by Yulong Computer Telecommunication Scientific, Huawei, and Lenovo.

With 68% of smartphones shipped to the country from domestic manufacturers, Apple and Samsung are the only foreign smartphone producers to make the country's top ten in market share. China's growth in smartphone shipments has gone off the charts. During last year's first quarter the country and the U.S. were practically tied in the number of smartphone shipments to each country. In the first quarter of this year, 82 million smartphones were shipped to China compared to the 27 million that were sent to the U.S.

source: Computerworld via TUAW

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17 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Apple iPhone is on fifth place? It should be ZTE or Oppo, not Apple! Even though Apple is on fifth place, it's still low. lol Apple can't even beat Huawei's and Lenovo's market share! xD

2. TripleTwo

Posts: 29; Member since: May 08, 2013

The story in China is totally different. Wait for some time! darkjeddi, are you sure this kid has a lotta good points?

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

And this proves that you didn't read the article, and you didn't read my comment properly. Do you understand? My comment have four Chinese manufacturers, ZTE, Oppo, Huawei and Lenovo. If the title says "Apple iPhone is number 5 in US with 8% of the market during Q1", I won't say "Apple can't even beat Huawei's and Lenovo's market share!" And this proves that you didn't read the title properly, it says China, China man! Of course I know that the story in China will be totally different, you think I'm stupid? REMEMBER! The title says China, it shows the market share of these manufacturers in China. And there's nothing wrong with my comment. Dark, what do you think about this kid above me?

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Sorry, about the complicated explaning.......I'm messed up right now!

17. TripleTwo

Posts: 29; Member since: May 08, 2013

Not complicated but lame I'd say.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol I'm gonna defer you two to Troll lol.

3. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

...the cheaper iPhone is going to change it :D

8. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

What is this Huawei you are talking about? Were can I get this phone?

4. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

I don't really ever see the iphone developing market share in china. There's too many fake iphones and cheaper, better alternatives like huawei and lenovo.

5. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

They make iPhones but don't get to use them. The irony.

12. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

If your family and countrymen were being enslaved to produce a product would you jump to spend your money to support such business practices?

15. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Enslaved is a bit strong. No one is forced to work at Foxxcon.

16. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Ok I'm open to suggestions what is a better description. Keep in mind I will no longer eat Poppa Johns pizza because they will not give any employees full time hopes as to not be required to provide health care even partial

9. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Ok I will say this, I really want people to stop being so surprised at the "growth" in comparison to other countries. China has 1 billion plus people in the country. Isn't it safe to assume that this growth will not only be automatic but pretty much will outstrip every country and any known record in stats? Just saying.

13. Aeires unregistered

I'm just surprised there's a story about fifth place. Agree with what you're saying, only country that comes to mind with this kind of market is India. Both are going to be key players in the mobile market.

11. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

Yes but the Fake iPhone 5 holds 50% of Chinas marketshare... They might even export it to the US...

14. ryq24

Posts: 874; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

With the price iPhone is selling it will never be number one in china.

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