Chinese smartphone shipments registered another 5% declinein Q3 2017 to 119 million units according to data from Canalys. The race to the top remains tight as Huawei, Oppo and Vivo took 19%, 18% and 17% market share respectively.
Huawei grew shipments by 23%, shipping over 22 million units to take the lead, while Oppo declined slightly (compared to the stellar performance a year ago) shipping 21 million units. Vivo, with a 26% growth was the most impressive performer in the top 3, shipping over 20 million units. Xiaomi and Apple round up the top 5 this quarter.
Apple’s China shipments grew 40% from 8 million in Q3 2016 to about 11 million this quarter, showing its best performance in China in the last eight quarters.
Q4 2017 will be a highly competitive quarter off the bat, with the Double 11 online shopping festival taking center stage. On the back of its aggressive offline expansion, Xiaomi is poised to break the dominance of Huawei, Oppo and Vivo next quarter, making it an even tighter battle to the top.