Apr 26, 2017 05:47 AM EDT
Huawei P10 & P10 Plus Allow Huawei To Regain Mobile Market Top Spot, While Xiaomi Fell Miserably [VIDEO]
The China smartphone market is getting some big changes this year. After months of struggle, the Chinese hardware giant Huawei is finally back on track, taking the top spot. Huawei has just regained the number position in the hotly lucrative Chinese smartphone market.
The Beijing-based tech company has once again ruled the world's biggest smartphone market, China. Revenues from smartphone sales have reportedly jumped to 21 million units in the first three months only of this year, which around 18 percent of the smartphone market share. As a result, Huawei has finally dethroned Oppo, which was moved to second place with around 20 million unit sales, the GSM Arena reported
Canalys, a leading global technology market analyst firm with a distinct channel focus, has made some good analysis of the big Chinese smartphone market. According to the research firm, Huawei came back in the first quarter of 2017 fuelled by the successful launch of its flagship smartphones Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus in the highly lucrative Chinese smartphone market.
Huawei's market resurge comes despite the fact that Oppo has experienced sales growth by 55 percent year-on-year. Oppo has made around 20 million unit sales to get the second place, followed by Vivo with around 17 million unit sales.
Canalys estimates 114 million smartphones shipped in China in the quarter ending March 2017. The three mobile giants, Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo together command over 50 smartphone market share in the Chinese smartphone market. These three mobile vendors together have accounted for more than 50 percent of shipments for the first time ever, which is a good sign that the Chinese smartphone market is consolidating.
Meanwhile, Chinese mobile player Xiaomi has fallen to fifth place behind Apple, selling just over 9 million units in the first quarter of this year. However, Xiaomi is making some good fortune in Indian mobile smartphone, getting in the top three in India, the second largest smartphone market after China.
Xiaomi has experienced some trouble last year after it fell from the third place it occupied. Xiaomi is currently facing increased pressure from Huawei's Honor sub-brand on pricing and from Oppo and vivo's marketing barrage. Fortunately, research firm Canalys has made some good advice and recommendation for Xiaomi on how to keep with the increased competition and grow this year.
According to Canalys, Xiaomi will need to quickly switch from being a value-for-money vendor to become an aspirational brand, something that the Chinese crowd is looking for. Canalys also added that Xiaomi may experience some uphill struggle in the Chinese market as Huawei's plans to take a deep push this year.
In other Huawei-related news, the Chinese hardware giant this week announced that the newly introduced Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus will be made available on April 28. However, Huawei Enjoy 7 Plus will only be available in the Chinese market, but the crowd might still see it in other markets in due course, the Geeky Gadgets reported.
The Enjoy 7 Plus, which reportedly comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, will start at approximately $217 or €200. For that pricing, customers can get a smartphone with decent specs, a 1.4 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU along with Andreno 505 GPU, a 5.5-inch 720p screen with 2.5 curved glass, an * megapixel shooter and a 12-megapixel main camera.
Additionally, the handset also comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. But if the user wants more, a 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, then they need to shell out around $246 or €227 more.
As for the other Huawei smartphones, the Huawei P10 Plus is currently making a big presence in the Chinese smartphone market. The much heavier and beefier Huawei P10 Plus has been considered as the big brother of Huawei's 2017 flagship device the Huawei P10.
Based on the latest mobile reviews, the P10 Plus now features a better camera, better antennas for faster LTE, and even better display. The phone also featured a whopping 128GB of flash storage, expandable, along with a 6GB of RAM.
However, Huawei run into some trouble after an issue about the price gap between the two smartphones, the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus. Reports said that the price tag is not what Huawei really suggested that it might be at the recent Mobile World Congress last March, a price suggestion which got the crowd quite excited.
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