Nowadays we are increasingly hearing about Chinese smartphones. Android devices from China. We usually think of cheap equipment, imitations and even counterfeiting. Let's face it, the connotation associated with a "China" smartphone isn't exactly positive yet. However, when we think of Huawei, Xiaomi, OnePlus and even Oppo, the situation changes.
By the way, it is no coincidence that at this moment my daily equipment is a OnePlus 5. I believe that no other brand can offer such an advantageous price / quality with a very simple user interface. Xiaomi is very close, but your MIUI may not suit everyone. Already Huawei is increasingly "premium"and its interface is far from pure Android.
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After comparing the numbers from Samsung and Apple, we look more closely at the growing power of brands like Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and OnePlus. These last two are sister companies, belonging to the multi-national BBK Electronics. Together, they are already one of the biggest forces in the world's largest smartphone market, China.
We support our article on data provided by International Data Corporation (IDC) and Strategy Analytics. We have also included OnePlus official fiscal report for 2017. This way, we can see the significant growth of the Chinese brands that are increasingly conquering and convincing in the Android market.
Android is dominated by Samsung but Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and OnePlus are not behind
Huawei remains the largest bastion of Android in China. Despite increasingly feeling competition from Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus in their home market. Still, Huawei remains firm in the first place in the world's largest smartphone market. Looking at IDC data we can see that Huawei sold 41 million of Android mobile devices in the last quarter of 2017. This is a 9.7% drop compared to the same period of 2016 where it would sell 45.4 million devices.
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Already when we look at Huawei's annual performance in 2017 we see that the scenario is much more positive. Admittedly, here also come the Android devices sold by Honor but still show the growing strength of Huawei. According to IDC indicators Huawei sold 153.1 million Android smartphones and mobile devices during 2017.
The Android maker thus recorded a growth of 9.9% compared to the year 2016 that would sell 139.3 million mobile devices. The main "engines" of this growth were the increasingly popular Mate line and all Honor sub-brand. This is increasingly in demand in markets such as India and also in our market.
Unfortunately, Huawei has failed to bring its Android tops to US carriers, but it will certainly find new ways to stand up to the competition.
Market numbers mobile – Android and iOS
It is when looking at Xiaomi that we have one of the best surprises of the year. Android maker saw its market share in the last quarter of the year to rise from 3.3% to 7% towards the end of 2017. Given such favorable indicators, it is understandable that Xiaomi will continue to focus on expanding outside China. Then, the pressure from competitors such as OPPO, Vivo, Huawei and even OnePlus is increasingly intense.
Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and OnePlus, the Android brands
At this time Xiaomi already has official Mi Store's in Russia, Romania and Spain. You can officially enter Italy within a few months. It also managed, according to CounterPoint, to overtake Samsung in the Indian market, the world's second largest mobile device market.
Oppo this quarter dropped to 5th place. It sold less than Xiaomi but still managed to ship about 27.4 million of smartphones. Looking at its annual performance, Oppo grew by 2 digits with 12%. Throughout 2017, Oppo would sell a total of 111.8 million from Android devices. Lastly, and like Xiaomi and OnePlus, Oppo is also increasingly looking at the foreign market. India, Indonesia and Vietnam are the main growth vectors.
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Finally, looking at OnePlus, we see that this is still the smallest of the major Chinese brands. We can only use their own data. Here in 2017 the Android manufacturer had a 55% growth compared to 2016. Moreover, OnePlus adds that revenues increased to $ 1.4 billion. In this regard, the company has doubled this figure from 2016 until the end of 2017.
It should be noted that, despite not revealing specific figures, OnePlus says that the number of units sold grew 55% compared to 2016. With two Android tops released during the year, the brand has always remained in the headlines. You can consult the full report here.
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