Xiaomi was the top smartphone vendor in China by shipments volume in both Q4 2014 and 2014 according to IDC.
Xiaomi beat last year’s top smartphone vendor Samsung with 12.5% market share by total shipments and 150% YoY unit growth in 2014. Lenovo, Huawei and Coolpad ranked from the third to the fifth after Xiaomi and Samsung.
The total smartphone shipments in China reached 420.7 million in 2014 according to IDC.
Apple rose to the second position in Q4 2014 as its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models were only launched in China in the last quarter of the year.
Huawei was ranked third in terms of smartphone shipments as it had a wide range of models in the low-end and mid-range segment that did well in Q4 2014. It plans to sell 100 million smartphones in 2015.
Lenovo finished off as the fourth with its strong focus on phones worth lower than US$150 while Samsung dropped to the fifth.
IDC expects the YoY growth for the smartphone market in China to hit a close to 10% in 2015. Credit Suisse estimates that the smartphone shipment volume in 2015 will be 498 million in China, however, the growth rate compared with 2014, will slow down.
Global smartphone shipments totaled 1.167 billion units in 2014, a YoY increase of 25.9%, with combined shipments of Chinese brands reaching 453.4 million units, 39% of the global shipments and representing six of the top ten smartphone brands worldwide according to TrendForce.
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