Huawei retains fragile lead in China smartphone shipments, Apple finally finds growth

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China's smartphone sales totaled 119 million units in the third quarter, down 5 percent.

Huawei remains the top smartphone manufacturer in China, but the gap between the first, second and third-placed manufacturers is narrow, as Huawei, Oppo and Vivo took 19%, 18% and 17% market share respectively.

Canalys reports that iPhone sales surged 40 percent this quarter to 11 million units compared to 8 million units from the same time previous year. According to a recent report from Canalys, Apple increases sales of its handsets by 40 percent in the third quarter of 2017 in China. The report stated that the mix of the iPhone 8 series at launch is also higher than the corresponding mix of the iPhone 7 series at launch a year ago. Huawei, Oppo and Vivo were top three vendors in China, followed by Xiaomi and Apple, according to Canalys. Apple's offers by and by expanded as of late to over 3%, which influences the market to top of the organization $842 billion.

Apple is finally back to growth in China. "However, Apple is unlikely to sustain this growth in Q4", said Canalys Research Analyst Mo Jia.

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Starting at now, a great many people are very little intrigued by iPhone 8, which looks more like a refreshed adaptation of iPhone 7, they are intending to buy iPhone X due to its three noteworthy features i.e. Face ID, bezel-less display and super retina screen. One reason is that the company is entering the highly competitive holiday season with a brand new phone - the iPhone X - that's expensive and reportedly facing supply issues.

CEO Tim Cook said a year ago that China would be a key to Apple's growth going forward. "The iPhone X will enjoy a healthy grey market status, but its popularity is unlikely to help Apple in the short term." added Jia.

Canalys also expects Xiaomi break the dominance of Huawei, Oppo and Vivo in Q4, on the account of its aggressive offline expansion in the country.