China is currently the world's largest smartphone market according to IDC but 2017 was not a year of growth. According to market research and research agency Canalys, despite all the new products launched by manufacturers such as Xiaomi, Huawei, Honor, OnePlus, Vivo, Oppo and many others, the market has shrunk by 4%.
In fact, China (Chinese smartphone market) registered a 4% retraction from 2016 figures. This year it closed with a total of 459 million smartphones sold in Chinese territory. This is the first time China has seen a slight decline in the number of mobile devices sold.
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The blame lies in the last quarter of 2017. It was thanks to this three-month period that China broke a seemingly unstoppable growth cycle. From October 2017 to December 2017 "only" 113 million smartphones from brands such as Huawei, Xiaomi, OnePlus and many others were sold in China.
The values of the last quarter represent a drop of 14% compared to the same period of 2016, the last quarter of that year. Still, despite this slight market contraction, China remains the largest mobile device market in the world. Second is India and third is the United States of America.
Huawei and Honor to fight Xiaomi and OnePlus in China
In China, Huawei has remained the largest builder. In the last three months of 2017 would sell a total of 24 million smartphones during this last quarter. Incidentally, Huawei recorded a 9% increase in sales compared to the last quarter of 2016. As we look at its annual performance, Huawei sold over 90 million smartphones in China.
These are values that its competitors, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Apple and even OnePlus can only envy for now. However, according to Canalys analyst Mo Jia, half of Huawei's 90 million devices consist of Honor devices. Note that Honor is a sub-brand of Huawei and currently enjoys increasing popularity, comparable to Xiaomi and OnePlus.
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The analyst also points out that the Honor devices were a great asset of the parent, Huawei to keep the competition of brands such as Xiaomi and OnePlus keep an eye. Meanwhile, Huawei has focused on countering the Oppo and Vivo attacks.
Moreover, it warns that Honor's offerings may eventually start to reduce sales of Huawei, and vice versa. Danger that is no longer manifesting.
We can also mention that Oppo registered a contraction of 16%. Whereas Vivo would also contract by 7% from year to year. This is when comparing the 2017 values versus 2016 values. Although both brands can improve their position throughout the year, the investee of Xiaomi, OnePlus and even Apple.
Finally, fourth place in China was disputed between Apple and Xiaomi, with Cupertino's technology overtaking its Chinese rival during the last quarter.
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