After 2012 the ride hasn't been exactly smooth either, but the spot has been captured every year by Apple – until now. A new smartphone model has overtaken Apple's iPhone as the most popular smartphone in China, CNBC reports.
Last year Apple's most popular iPhone model was the iPhone 6s released in fall 2015 and it managed to move approximately 12 million units in 2016. Even though China's smartphone sales is far from the huge growth couple years back, Apple's 21 percent decline in sales is unnerving for the giant.
The new king of smartphones in China comes from the multitude of manufacturers their homeland produces. Although selling a whopping nearly 17 million million R9 (pictured: R9 Plus) units you might have not even heard of the brand, unless regularly watching America's Next Top Model which, as you might have guessed, has been sponsored by the company.
The company is Oppo, which might be more known in the West via its subsidiary OnePlus that has been producing some of the best Android phones while keeping the prices at bay. As you can probably tell, there's a lot of similarities, coincidentally, between Oppo's R9 lineup and recent iPhone models.
In addition to Oppo, much of the world's largest smartphone market is dominated by domestic companies, such as Xiaomi, ZTE and Huawei. China's smartphone sales increased 6 percent year over year, and nearly one in three smartphone's in the world are sold in China, the world's second largest economy.
Written by: Matti Vähäkainu @ 31 Jan 2017 16:06