Samsung Loses Ground to Chinese Smartphone Makers

      February 06, 2017 10:51

      Chinese handset makers are becoming big players in the Asia-Pacific market, sweeping the top spots in smartphone sales in the fourth quarter of last year.

      Latecomer OPPO took the top spot, while Huawei and Vivo took third and fourth. Samsung, which had dominated the market until recently, dropped to fifth in the wake of the massive recall of its combustible Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

      According to a report released by Strategy Analytics last week, OPPO sold 28.7 million smartphones, accounting for a 12.3 percent market share. OPPO's sales accelerated on the popularity of its low- to mid-priced models, such as the R9 and R9 Plus, in China as well as India, Indonesia, and Thailand.

      OPPO's sales doubled from the same quarter in 2015, when it sold around 14 million units. Other Chinese smartphone makers such as Huawei, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE are also expanding their presence in the region.

      Meanwhile, Apple managed the second spot thanks to brisk sales of its latest iPhone 7.

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