Canalys: Huawei ends Oppo's two quarter reign as China's top smartphone manufacturer
With shipments in the ballpark of 17 million for the first quarter, Vivo was in third place. Those three smartphone producers together accounted for half of all smartphones shipped in China during the first quarter. Apple was fourth, followed by Xiaomi. Speaking of the latter, Canalys analyst Lucio Chen says that the company shipped 9 million units from January through March. He points out that if Xiaomi is going to move back up the charts (during the first quarter of 2016, it was in third), the company will have to abandon its status as a provider of value priced handsets and become an aspirational brand like Apple is. An aspirational company uses high pricing or supply shortages to make sure that not everyone can afford its products.
114 million smartphones were shipped in China during the first three months of 2017. That was a 9% year-over-year increase in shipments.