Xiaomi tops a surging Apple in China for Q4 2014; Samsung slumps

Xiaomi tops a surging Apple in China for Q4 2014; Samsung slumps
Data released by IDC reveals that Xiaomi finished on top of the Chinese smartphone market for all of 2014 and for the fourth quarter of the year. From October through December, the red hot manufacturer accounted for 13.7% of smartphone shipments in the country, up 150% from the prior year's 6.5% share. On a sequential basis, Xiaomi's share rose from the 14.8% of the market it owned in the third quarter of last year.

Apple's rise to second place for the quarter was nearly as impressive. Led by the larger screened Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus, the company was responsible for 12.3% of smartphone shipments in China for the last quarter of the year. That is a 99.7% year-over-year gain from the 7.4% of the market owned by Apple in the final three months of 2013. The fourth quarter numbers for Apple were truly impressive compared to the 5% market share it owned for the third quarter of 2014.

Huawei was third with 11%, followed by the 9.5% belonging to Lenovo. Samsung had a terrible fourth quarter with its share of Chinese smartphone shipments dropping sharply from the year earlier. In the fourth quarter of 2013, Samsung had 18.8% of the Chinese market. That figure declined to 7.9% for the last three months of 2014.

For all of 2014, Xiaomi owned a 12.5% slice of the Chinese smartphone pie, up from 5.3% for 2013. Samsung managed to grab second place with 12.1% of the market, down from the prior year's 18.7%. Lenovo (11.2%), Huawei (9.8%) and Coolpad (9.4%) round out the top five.

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source: GizmoChina



1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

-50% ftl :(

2. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

this will soon turn: S6

3. Takeharu

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It probably won't, the Mi5 will also be announced soon and will be significantly cheaper while offering the same level of quality.

5. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

u kidding? 0 to full charge in 10 min? wireless charging? curved glass, metal, display? They are not up there yet.

6. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

its not full charge, its 10min charging for 4 hours of battery life, read the S6 article over

8. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

So if for 36 hours (idk for 100%) it will need, let's say 1h30min. I can charge my phone from 0-100% in 5 sec by swapping batteries. Without searching charging spot every 4 hours. And by having microSD, if my phone drops dead, I remove it and I have my files.

9. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

+ The fact that if you want a new battery you have to spend time and extra money, go to the Samsung store and pay €60 for the battery + €50 for the work, exonerating the stupids that yell: "Yey Samsung, take my money!" Instead of buying it for €40 from an e-store + €6 for the shipping and replace it easily by yourself.

7. Takeharu

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Fast charging is nothing new and will probably also be included in the Mi5 considering how many devices have it these days. Wireless charging is once again nothing new. Curved glass/display isn't too special either, it doesn't truly enhance the experience so most people won't care. The current Xiaomi devices also have metal. And QHD will most likely make it to the Mi5 as well. So yeah, they're pretty much on the same level.

4. Gfkyo

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

It will be hard but let's hope for the best.

10. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

While I am glad Xiaomi is gaining great momentum their profits doesn't even touch Apple.

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