IDC: Huawei still No. 1 in Chinese market, Apple sales decline
The International Data Corporation (IDC), on May 4, released a report for the shipments, share, and growth in the Chinese smartphone market.
IDC’s report shows that Huawei is still the leading brand with a total shipment of 20.8 million which is up by 25.5% from the first quarter of 2016 to Q1 of 2017.
The third largest smartphone maker continues to stay at the first spot thanks to its lineup of mid- and high-end devices dominating their respective segments. For the mid-range, Huawei’s Honor sub-brand has been doing well while the Mate-series and P-series are also very good entries to the high-end scene.
OPPO and vivo also achieved an increase in Year-Over-Year shipment growth with 19.5% and 7.6%, respectively. Apple, however, didn’t do as well and is down by 26.7%.
If we’re to go by IDC’s data, the best phones are those in the mid- to high-end category and are bang-for-the-buck.
“IDC 2016 data prove that the best performing manufacturers are those with capacity in the midrange to high-end segment, while more technologically advanced smartphone makers boasting higher price performance are weakening, and phone makers focusing on low-end customized products aren’t really gaining ground.”