According to IDC’s quarterly research, the Chinese smartphone market is still in decline but it’s starting to show signs of recovery. Year-over-year, the market has shrunk just 3.6%, which is much better performance compared to the previous two quarter.
During this quarter, the total sales were 98.9 million units with Huawei taking a dominant position and gaining significant market share at the expense of the other big local players. The Chinese tech giant recorded 42% market share and a 64.6% increase in shipments year-over-year.
vivo came in a distant second with 18.3% followed by sister brand Oppo with 16.6% and Xiaomi with 9.8%. Apple came in fifth posting a 5.6% growth in sales and taking 8.1% of the sales.
IDC believes that 5G will be the main driving factor for market growth in the coming quarters, particularly once the technology becomes available to mid-range and low-end devices.