Apple snags 7% of Chinese smartphone market in Q4

Apple snags 7% of Chinese smartphone market in Q4
For the three month period ending last December, Apple owned 7% of the Chinese smartphone market. That is up from the 6% it owned in the third quarter, according to IDC. The fourth quarter was the first full quarter to measure iPhone sales in the country since the launch of the Apple iPhone 5s and the Apple iPhone 5c last September. The 7% ownership of the Chinese market places Apple as the fifth largest smartphone manufacturer in the country.

Remaining on top of the Chinese smartphone market is Apple's rival, Samsung. The Korean manufacturer owns 19% followed by Lenovo with 13%. The latter has just acquired Motorola from Google. Numbers three and four are Coolpad (11%) and Huawei (10%).

After Apple, in sixth place comes Xiaomi. The latter seems to have some pretty good coverage of both the low end and high end of the smartphone market, and plans on shipping 40 million units this year, twice as many as it shipped last year. With the entry level Xiaomi Hongmi and the unannounced high end Xiaomi Mi4, Apple's position in China is certainly threatened. IDC analyst Melissa Chou says "[Xiaomi] is still rising, at some point it could come into top five on the growth path it’s on."

But Apple should greatly benefit in the current quarter as it is the first period that will include iPhone sales made by the world's largest carrier, China Mobile. The carrier started offering the Apple iPhone to its 763 million subscribers on January 17th.

source: WSJ

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9 Comments

1. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Low end iphone Apple. It's not so hard Nokia, Samsung, HTC, they are all doing it. Give the people what they want. As a iphone user don't F*** with us.

2. HansGoneInsane unregistered

People want iPhones and nothing else.

3. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

People want a variety of phones, nothing else than that.

4. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Wrong. Apple knows best what people want.

9. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Because its a class thing, makes people more respect or thats what I heard anyways, I only use a few apps and I can just use them on my ipad, sell my iphone, get a nokia and ipad and thats it.

5. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

wow, 7 whole percent? Hey Alan, maybe write a article of meaning... like the 90% Android in China. 7 whole percent, lol, you go girl

8. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Apple has just started to sell with China Mobile. And don't forget: Apple only targets the top 15% of the market. Who wants customers that are poor or not willing to spend money for their produtcs? It is the top 20% of the market you make ur money with.

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Great ..another weak minded iPhone cult member ..on phone arena....

7. zig8100

Posts: 244; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

I guess its better then 6% hahaha.

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