The American technology Apple stood in the last quarter of 2021 as the largest seller of smartphones in China, the first time it has achieved that position since the beginning of 2015, according to data published by the consultancy firm Canalys.
Thanks to the launch of the iPhone 13 series, Apple sold up to 21.5 million phones in China in the fourth quarter, which represents a year-on-year increase of 40% and also a record for the company itself since 2009, the year in which it entered the Chinese smartphone market.
The key to its success in the final months of 2021, notes Canalys analyst Toby Zhu, is “a lower launch price for the iPhone 13 series, which significantly stimulated consumer interest in China,” something to which adds to the absence of strong Android rivals in the high-end segment.
In the last quarter, behind Apple, the top 5 is completed by local brands such as Oppo, Honor, Xiaomi and Vivo.
Overall for the year, the order changes, with Vivo taking the title of largest seller with 71.5 million units, 24% more than in 2020, closely followed by Oppo, with 68.7 million (+15%); The podium is completed by Xiaomi (50.5 million), Apple (49.4 million) and Honor (40.2 million).