China’s phone market is now dominated by five companies, none of which is Samsung
Kantar reports that, for the calendar quarter ending in October, the top five of Huawei, Xiaomi, Apple, Vivo, and Oppo accounted for 91 percent of the overall market. That’s up from 79 percent a year earlier, extending a lead that now sees companies like ZTE, Meizu, and Lenovo struggling to find a foothold in their home country. Global smartphone leader Samsung is now at a 2.2 percent share in China and deteriorating, according to Kantar’s Dominic Sunnebo.
[–]logantauranga 1499 points 16 hours ago
Oppo and Vivo have prioritized rural China...brick-and-mortar stores...to consumers who might not yet have access to the internet.
Xiaomi...remains dominant in online sales.
[–]Randomd0gPixel XL & Huawei Watch 2 586 points 18 hours ago
I've been to the big Chinese cities a few times on work trips (Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen for a week twice each) and from casual observation it seems like Oppo is absolutely HUGE with the younger generation - it's probably something about their design language, as in terms of features there's nothing that really separates any of the big Chinese phone names.
[–]AJHeadquarters 227 points 18 hours ago
I suppose it is the better selfie camera that makes teens intreseted in it for social media consumption. I am from India and have noticed they earn the most from having cheap processor with eight cores. And one more thing, Oppo and Vivo have so many shops that there are 4-6 shops in one marketplace so more competition gets the price even lower.
[–]geftRedmi Note 4 144 points 16 hours ago
That's unlikely, because Oppo and Vivo are owned by the same company (BBK Electronics). Their prices are also fixed to prevent shops from competing (or they will be blacklisted).
[–]knazir26Galaxy Note 4 49 points 14 hours ago
Huaweis fingerprint sensor is also amazing. The one on my 6p is far better than the one on my note
[–]5amar31Redmi Note 3 | Dirty Unicorns Unofficial 42 points 13 hours ago
But Huawei didn't use their own sensor on 6P. They used a FPC sensor which is used by a lot of companies.
[–]xlaxplayaGalaxy S8, Nexus 6 559 points 17 hours ago
Really surprising to me that Apple has 17% of the Chinese market while Samsung only has 2%.
I guess they've carved out a niche as the luxury brand, because all of those other Chinese manufacturers sell flagship-spec phones for less than half the price of an iPhone X.
[–]fonix232Galaxy Note 8 365 points 16 hours ago
Apple products have always been a status symbol, especially in China. No wonder that now, when Apple products are widely available in China, people buy it.
On the other hand Samsung has no services that entice Chinese buyers to choose their devices.
[–]Chris2112Moto G5 Plus 72 points 14 hours ago
China's economy is booming massively right now so there are a lot more people who are now as wealthy as the typical American than 10 years ago. 17% of China's population is pretty close to the population of the US. Soon China will likely make up a larger portion of Apples business than the US, as China's economy continues to improve