Huawei takes Chinese top spot from Xiaomi

by: Nirave GondhiaOctober 22, 2015


The Chinese smartphone market is the largest in the world and Chinese OEM Xiaomi has had a large amount of success dominating its home market en route to a global rollout. However, Xiaomi isn’t the largest Chinese OEM and according to new data from Canalys, Xiaomi has lost its top spot to Chinese icon Huawei.

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In the quarter ending September 30, Huawei’s smartphone shipments rose 81 percent year-on-year and, coupled with declining shipments for Xiaomi in the same period, means Huawei has taken the top spot in China for the first time in its history. Canalys didn’t reveal exact shipment figures (but promised to do so in a detailed report at the end of this month) but a slowdown in China could mean a difficult future for Xiaomi, who predominantly relies on domestic sales for growth.

The secret of Xiaomi’s success has been offering affordable yet premium smartphones and the new Xiaomi Mi 4c offers mid-range specs at the super low price of just $235. However, Huawei has also launched a range of affordable handsets and in the Honor 7, the company has a handset that retails at a similar price and can challenge the best of the mid-range devices.

Xiaomi has been replaced at the top of the Chinese market before but has bounced back and it remains to be seen whether the company will regain its top spot during the next quarter. Of course, we’ll let you know as soon as we hear more on this story – do you think that Xiaomi can retake its crown? Let us know your views in the comments below.

  • Amjath

    Before Huawei Nexus, I always liked Huawei than Xiaomi

  • Aymn Muhannad

    MI 4c is 144 $$$???

    • Akash Jain

      No, It’s of 1299(2GB RAM, 16GB memory) and 1499 Yuan(3GB RAM, 32GB memory) as listed in Xiaomi’s official website.

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  • AbbyZFresh

    A good friend of mine in China told me this is no surprise. He told me in China, Huawei has better after-sale customer service and support for their phones than Xiaomi. I can see Huawei being even more influential in the West as they now make one of the Nexus phones.

    Funny just a year or two ago Xiaomi was the hot company and Huawei was the low-end vendor. Now the tables have turned.

    • Singkawang

      This is expected. Xiaomi only sells the phone online, and don’t have physical store/customer-service. Whereas Huawei have lots of customer service in physical building & also repair center anywhere.

      Moreover, huawei have reduced their price (still more expensive, but not much) to compete with Xiaomi. So, xiaomi device is NOT as attarctive as it used to be…. and anyone can go to store anytime to buy huawei device, compared to XiaoMi flashsale.

  • Akira Tabuchi Yagui

    They need a new premium device like the mi4. The mi4c and mi4i with the plastic body are not what you expect. I’m sure that if the mi5 have what the rumors said, it’s going to be a success.