For the first time in nine years, smartphone sales have dropped in China, as per the IDC figures clocked for the last quarter. While there’s a dip being witnessed on one side, a dip comes for China’s Xiaomi too, as has Apple has overtaken the highest valued tech-startup to become the largest vendor of smartphones in the Chinese market for the first time.
Not so much time ago, Xiaomi, China’s homegrown smartphone manufacturer took Samsung by surprise and replaced the giant to become China’s leading smartphone vendor. Ever since, Xiaomi continued to step towards progress with its mid range, but high specifications packed smartphones. Also, the company impressed a considerable amount of audience in foreign boundaries to become world’s third largest vendor in no time.
Apple is obviously no small player. With its iPhone 6 and 6 plus, Apple regained the loss that it had to incur due to Xiaomi’s solid quality mid range smartphones and recorded a sale in China larger than that they clocked in US. This was quite a surprise for all the major giants, except the Apple itself as it has been making considerable efforts in China to expand its iPhone sales.
As per the IDC report, Apple grasped 14.7 percent of market share in the first quarter of 2015, surpassing Xiaomi, which had a 13.7-percent share. Both of the giants were followed by Huawei and Samsung in terms of sales. A total of 98.8 million smartphones were shipped, 4.3 percent fewer than in the first quarter of 2014. This was the first such drop in over nine years.
Samsung and Lenovo have also suffered a substantial decline, according to the report. The top spot in China’s smartphone market has been trembling for over quite some time now. It has been occupied by four different companies in the past five quarters.