Xiaomi beats Apple to become top Chineses smartphone seller


Thriving Chinese smartphone manufacturing startup, Xiaomi Technology Co. has managed to dominate smartphone behemoths such as Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. to clinch the No. 1 smartphone seller seat in China, a fresh report from research watchdog Canalys states.

With thanks largely to remarkable shipments of its budgeted RedMi smartphone line-up, Xiaomi bolstered its Q2 sales in China by a phenomenal 240% in contrast to 2013, thus snatching a reasonable 14% share in the planet’s biggest smartphone marketplace, Canalys added.

In contrast to these circumstances, Samsung saw a sharp decline to get the second slot in China amidst extensive swap demand of 4G enabled devices, largely because of the widespread 4G services by country’s biggest cellular carrier, China Mobile Ltd.

Korean handset giant Samsung is in a process of realigning its path inventory to fulfill the ever-changing needs for more 4G devices, it could be blessed with improvement in the Q3. However, Canalys believes that as the competition for survival in the smartphone market is getting more and more tough, it will not be straightforward [for Samsung] to reestablish leadership.”

Moreover, China Mobile’s extensive 4G push has given a helping hand to turn the tables in its favor for the “China’s Apple,” along with the U.S. Apple.

Apple, on the other hand, posted a healthy strong annual rise of 58%, “assisted by the iPhone’s reputation as one of the limited premier device options currently available to users when it comes to use 4G services from China Mobile”, Canalys mentioned.

Counterpoint Technology Market Research suggested that in May, Apple stood at the fourth place in the China market, with Chinese tech heavyweight Lenovo Group Ltd. pushing itself to gain the second seat, whereas Xiaomi managed to bag third place.

In terms of global rankings, Samsung was again at the top seat with a worldwide share market of 26%, beating Apple, China’s Huawei Technology and its fellow tech firm Lenovo as well, Canalys highlights. Xiaomi brisk and fruitful participation to the international smartphone arena got it the No. 5 spot with a worldwide market share of 5%.