Apple is the top smartphone manufacturer in China for Q1

Apple is the top smartphone manufacturer in China for Q1
It was just yesterday when we gave you a quick update on the saturated smartphone market in China. At the same time, we told you that Apple had become the top smartphone seller in the country. Now, we are armed with all kinds of statistics and numbers from IDC, to give you a better and more in depth look at which smartphone manufacturers are on the rise in the country, and which are falling.

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

Related phones

iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Communists really love Apple devices.

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Because we can afford it

4. djcody

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

Are the Chinese model have access to Apple store and is has exactly same software??

5. gaming64 unregistered

I thought Chinese prefer cheap smartphones :O

8. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Misconception. Chinese like iPhone coz its a status symbol. If they want android phone there are too many brands to choose from and no need to buy an expensive Samsung. That is also the reason why Samsung is trying to develop their own OS namely their Tizen OS.

17. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Tizen is already in coffin. Mission failed.

11. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

They prefer MAKING cheap smartphones, etc.

18. DanielCho

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 11, 2016

Everybody does.

12. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

HugoBarraCyanogenmod, HugoBarraCyanogenmod, why not buy 2 Xiaomis instead?!? Why having to support Apple's monopoly, why support their arrogance? Why support their uniformity?! :(

10. waddup121 unregistered

And I should be surprised because...?

2. Johnnokia

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14. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

same here

13. gaming64 unregistered

Lel just use the mobile version. It would do. The only problem is it sucks even more than desktop version but at least it loads faster.

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9. Limcheethiam

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

You know why? For people in China, iPhone is much more that just a Phone, they don’t care about the iOS, Apple Service, app store whatever. The just care about what iPhone can bring them a good image that symbolise them they are entering the “High Quality Live Community”. Therefore, the future of Xiaomi in China will be not quite so good.

15. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

In a sense, America is colonizing China, Japan and the rest of Apple-eating world except Africa.

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