Huawei has been quite busy during the 1st three months of 2017, and now their recognized as having the most sales in China in Q1. With 21 million handsets shipped in the 1st three months, Huawei has taken the top spot in smartphone sales in their native country. This is no small feet considering Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi, although the later has seen a steady decline over the past few years.
The blistering sales is partly because Huawei launched the P9 and P10 in Q1 which helped them claim nearly a 20% market share. Huawei and Oppo have become rivals over the past couple of years and once again took the top spot which was owned by Oppo during the previous two quarters.
With 2nd place to Oppo with more than 20 million handsets sold with Vivo not far behind with 17 million. Xiaomi which was once the top Chinese start-up in sales dips to the 5th position right behind Apple with less than 10 million smartphones sold.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens when Chinese start-ups start to debut in other markets including the US. Both Huawei and Xiaomi have been rumored to moving into other markets around the world including North American and Western Europe, but it doesn’t sound like either one will have success anytime this year.
Huawei will probably be the first as they’ve been rumored to be in talks with AT&T for a US launch with some of their flagships and Xiaomi has already confirmed it won’t be until 2019 at the earliest. At least this gives us a time frame for a US launch, which may just end up being the Xiaomi Mi8.