Canalys: Apple may really need that plastic iPhone in China

06 August, 2013 | Comments (51) | Post your comment

Tags: Apple, Android, iOS

According to shipment info gathered by the analysts over at Canalys, Apple's smartphone share in China is at 4.8% with a total of 4.3 million device shipments. As a result, Apple has fallen from the fifth down to the seventh overall spot in the manufacturer's ranking for Q3 2013.

Vendors Shipments Market share
Samsung 15.5 17.6%
Lenovo 10.8 12.3%
Yulong 10.7 12.2%
ZTE 7.7 8.7%
Huawei 7.5 8.6%
Xiaomi 4.4 5.0%
Apple 4.3 4.8%
Others 27.1 30.8%

Xiaomi managed to edge out Apple by shipping 4.4 million units. The company has just unveiled its quad-core Red Rice (or Hongmi), which at €99 costs only a fraction of the iPhone price, and will allow it to gain even more ground in the next quarters.

Samsung posted a solid 15.5 million shipments, which allowed it to take first spot with 17.6% market share. Lenovo took the second spot with 10.8 million shipped units and 12.3% market share - barely outpacing another local maker, Yulong.

If rumors are to be trusted, Apple may really need a cheaper iPhone 5C to tackle emerging markets, even if it means lowering its profit margin.

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Canalys: Apple may really need that plastic iPhone in China - reader comments

  • Anonymous

So very true.

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  • 2013-08-09 05:51
  • 9EmF
  • Anonymous

At least One of the iPhone assembly companies is Taiwanese

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  • 2013-08-09 05:45
  • 9EmF
  • Anonymous

Well, your opinion is at odds with most references concerning Linux and Linus' development of the OS (Wired, Computerworld, the University of Helsinki) Further, Linus got his ideas for Linux while at University of Helsinki using ULTRIX on the sc...

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  • 2013-08-08 17:43
  • GT6G