Up until Q3 2015, Xiaomi has ruled China as the top smartphone manufacturer, threatening big names like Samsung, LG, and HTC. However, another manufacturer in the smartphone world has taken that top spot away from Xiaomi.
According to reports revealed by research firm, Canalys, Huawei has surpassed Xiaomi to become China’s top smartphone vendor, pushing Xiaomi to second place. This is Huawei’s first time at the top of the Chinese market, the result of an 81% year-on-year shipment growth in the previous quarter, as against Xiaomi’s shrinking performance.
The reason for Xiaomi’s shrinking performance can be attributed to their struggles to expand to other markets other than China. This has caused the popular start-up to slow down in its home market, China.
According to Jessie Ding, a Research Analyst at Canalys, “Huawei’s ascent to China’s smart phone throne is a remarkable feat, especially in the context of an increasingly cutthroat and maturing Chinese smart phone market. On the other hand, Xiaomi, with its worldwide target of 80 million smart phone shipments for 2015, is under tremendous pressure to keep growing as an international player as it is slowing down in its key home market.”
Xiaomi recently launched the Mi 4c and is planning on launching what would likely become the first smartphone to run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820, the Mi 5. Huawei on the other hand recently partnered with Google to manufacture the Nexus 6P, one of the first devices to run on Android Marshmallow.