Xiaomi’s iPhone clones push Apple to third place in China
Xiaomi is once again China’s top smartphone maker, pushing Apple down to third place despite its immensely strong quarter, and Samsung to either fourth or fifth position.
Huawei and Vivo rounded out the top five, in second and fourth/fifth place respectively.
The news comes courtesy of analysts at both Canalys and Counterpoint Research. While Apple had previously occupied the top spot for smartphone maker in China, analysts suggest that its decline in sales is due to the fact that neither its iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus is new to the market.
Given that it is still selling massive numbers of iPhones, however, it bodes well for a return to form when the iPhone 6s hits shelves later this year.
Things aren’t quite so rosy for Samsung, though, which is suffering lower demand thanks to the rise of lower-cost handsets like those made by Xiaomi and Huawei. Samsung denied that its Galaxy S6 had been a disappointment, but things certainly aren’t working out quite the way the South Korean tech giant hoped.
We’ll have to wait and see if Xiaomi can hold onto crown in China’s rapidly-evolving marketplace, but given Apple’s growth at a time when the rest of the Chinese smartphone market seems to be contracting, I’d guess it won’t be long before Cupertino is back on top.