May 27, 2024
Apple Falls to Fifth Place in Chinese Smartphone Market as Sales Decline 25% [Canalys]

Apple Falls to Fifth Place in Chinese Smartphone Market as Sales Decline 25% [Canalys]

Posted April 26, 2024 at 2:07pm by iClarified
Apple iPhone sales in China fell 25% year over year in Q1 2024, despite a rebound in the mainland China smartphone market, according to a new report from Canalys. Total smartphone shipments for the quarter are estimated at 67.7 million units with Huawei regaining the top spot. Apple fell to fifth place with 10.0 million smartphones sold.

Huawei returned to the top spot after 13 quarters, shipping 11.7 million smartphones and capturing a 17% market share, thanks to an enthusiastic market response to its Mate and nova series. OPPO rose to second place, driven by its Reno 11 series' strong performance, shipping 10.9 million units. Conversely, following a strong Q4 last year, HONOR, vivo and Apple slowed their sell-ins this quarter, and ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively. HONOR was third with 10.6 million units, with a year-on-year increase of 9%. vivo ranked fourth with 10.3 million units and saw a year-on-year decrease of 9%. Apple declined the most among the top five, with 10.0 million units, a year-on-year decrease of 25%.

Apple Falls to Fifth Place in Chinese Smartphone Market as Sales Decline 25% [Canalys]

Canalys Senior Analyst Toby Zhu commented, "The mainland China market's growth is still behind the global recovery of 11%, which allowed Huawei to seize market share and reclaim the crown quickly. The production and supply shortage of the Mate 60 series improved in the first quarter, propelling it to become the key driver of Huawei's overall growth. In addition to the high-end lineup, Huawei released the nova 12 series in December, which features Harmony 4.0, expanding the Kirin chipset to more product lines and successfully boosting performance in the mid-range price band. This month Huawei also upgraded the P series to Pura 70, featuring an innovative pop-out camera lens, further sparking market interest. A key strategy for Huawei in 2024 is to focus on building AI capabilities for smart devices from hardware to software at a system level, leveraging its deep R&D capabilities in AI infrastructure and solutions for industry and enterprise customers. With the continued expansion of the HarmonyOS ecosystem, Huawei emerges as the third OS for smartphones and other edge computing devices, breaking the two-horse race of Android and iOS in Mainland China."

Canalys Research Manager Amber Liu added, "Despite Huawei's strong start, we maintain the modest recovery forecast for overall market performance in 2024 growing at 1%. The talking point within the industry surrounds intensifying competition and innovation moat building. Leading vendors are narrowing their market share, which means exploring growth opportunities in different channels is critical to capture short-term opportunities. Vendors' go-to-market capabilities in multi-channel management, price control, and inventory management will be tested."

More details in the full report linked below...

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Apple Falls to Fifth Place in Chinese Smartphone Market as Sales Decline 25% [Canalys]
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