Huawei continues to hold the top spot in China’s smartphone market with a 38.5 percent market share in 2019, according to a recent report by Canalys, a British research firm. After Huawei, 2nd to 5th place were OPPO (17.8%), vivo (17.0%), Xiaomi (10.5%) and Apple (7.5%). The top five smartphone makers have a monopoly on more than 90% of the market, while other smartphone brands have been squeezed by 8.7%.
China’s smartphone sales were 369 million units in 2019, down 7% from a year earlier, the report showed. But Huawei bucked the trend, with shipments jumping 35.5 per cent from 104.8million units a year ago to 142 million units in 2019.
Shipments from other handset brands fell year-on-year, with OPPO down 17%, vivo down 19% and Xiaomi and Apple both down 21%.
In the fourth quarter of 2019, China’s smartphone market shrank 15% year-on-year, with overall sales of 85.3 million units, the 11th consecutive quarter of declines in China’s mobile phone market.
In the fourth quarter of 2019, Huawei shipped 33.3 million handsets, accounting for 39% of the market share, opPO, vivo, Apple mobile phone shipments between 1000-14 million, Xiaomi ranked fifth, mobile phone shipments of 8.1 million units, market share of 9.5%.