Apple is the top smartphone manufacturer in China for Q1
Apple rose the larger screen sizes on the Apple iPhone 6 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus to a leading 14.7% of the Chinese smartphone market for the first quarter of this year. Apple shipped 14.5 million iPhone units in the country, an astounding 62% year-over-year increase. That helped the company edge Xiaomi by one percentage point. The upstart manufacturer garnered a 13.7% slice of the Chinese smartphone pie by shipping 13.5 million phones from January through March.
With 11.2 million units shipped, Huawei was third in China with an 11.4% share of the Q1 2015 smartphone market. Samsung took a fall worthy of Humpty Dumpty, dropping from the number one spot in Q1 2014 to fourth place a year later. In 2014, Sammy shipped 20.5 million smartphones in the first quarter for a 19.9% market share. But a 53% year-over-year decline in shipments left the company with 9.6 million smartphones in transit from January through March. That gave the company a 9.7% piece of the Chinese market to kick off 2015.
Lenovo finished in fifth place with shipments declining by close to 25% over the year, from 10.5 million to 8.2 million smartphones. That dropped the company's market share from 10.2% to 8.3% year-over-year. Overall, 98.8 million smartphones were shipped in the country during the first quarter of 2015. That was off 4.3% from the 103.2 million units shipped in the 2014 first quarter.
With 90% of China already owning a smartphone, some analysts expect the next battle to take place in the high-end sector as current smartphone owners start looking to move up to a higher-spec'd model. The iPhone 6 is among the first top-shelf smartphones to benefit from this migration. Apple now sells more iPhones in China than it does in the U.S.
source: IDC via TheRegister.co.uk