Apple's iPhone 11 took top spot in China, outperformed larger smartphone market

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Apple's sales of iPhones in the first calendar quarter of 2020 were down by only 1% in a China market that contracted by 22% year-over-year, as buyers rapidly shifted to online orders and enthusiastically bought iPhone 11 models.

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iPhone 11 has remained the top selling phone in China for 7 months


New data published by Counterpoint Research on Wednesday stated that smartphone sales in China fell by 22% in the first quarter, with particularly dismal sales in February when demand dropped by 35% over the previous year. However, Apple's iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro did not experience the same demand destruction.


Apple's share in China grew as it maintained its sales volumes better than every domestic maker outside of Huawei


Counterpoint Senior Analyst Ethan Qi explained that both Apple and Huawei "managed to increase market share from the same period last year, clearly out-performing the overall market in Q1 2020. Huawei smartphone sales achieved 6% YoY growth and sales of iPhones mildly dropped by 1% only, while their counterparts suffered plummeting sales with double-digit declines."

"iPhone 11 was the best-selling smartphone model in Q1; it has topped China's best-selling models list for 7 consecutive months," added Qi. "Consumers continued to purchase iPhones from e-commerce platforms despite the shutdown of Apple stores across China during February."


Apple remained the top premium phone vendor as top Android makers suffered a roughly 30 percent drop in sales

5G didn't save Android or bury 4G iPhones

Apple's ability to take the top spot in China with iPhone 11 is particularly notable given that a variety of domestic brands were offering 5G models at prices below $400, including the Vivo Z6 5G, Xiaomi K30 5G, Realme X50 5G, and ZTE AXON 11 5G. Despite 5G phones gaining traction and the relatively widespread adoption of 5G mobile networks in China compared to other markets, an overwhelming majority of premium buyers in the country opted to buy more expensive iPhones lacking 5G support instead.

While Apple was forced to close all of its retail stores in China during the quarter, Counterpoint noted that "we also estimate that the online share of smartphone sales in China surged to over 50% during Q1, from about 30% in 2019."

Counterpoint is expecting the share to drop in the current quarter, or after the pandemic is "largely contained."

That indicates that while Apple's retail stores are important, temporary closures do not end the sales of its products. Consumers who need a phone or want to upgrade appeared to have little issue with buying products online.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    hentaiboyhentaiboy Posts: 1,249member
    AAPL at one month high 👍
  • Reply 2 of 5
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,991member
    When money is tight, buy quality. You’ll come out ahead in the long run.
    DAalsethlolliverjony0watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 5
    BeatsBeats Posts: 3,038member
    If Huawei didn't have knockoff iPhones, iPads, AirPods, Apple Stores, Software, I wonder how well they'd hold up on their own?

    Xiaomi is down 35%. Huawei is the new Xiaomi, copying Apple closer and faster. I wonder when Huawei will suffer the same fate when the next iKnockoff company rises.

    The chart mentions "sales share" which is always bad for iPhone numbers since iPhones have unmatched hardware/software quality. Considering this, Apple is doing great in the land of knockoff products.
    caladanianlolliverjony0watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 5
    tjwolftjwolf Posts: 424member
    Beats said:
    If Huawei didn't have knockoff iPhones, iPads, AirPods, Apple Stores, Software, I wonder how well they'd hold up on their own?
    ...
    I think Huawei's rise has little to do with emulating iPhone and everything to do with Trump's policy of blacklisting/harassing the company.  It stirred patriotic feelings in the Chinese public.  When the US targeted Huawei's 5G equipment throughout the world, the Chinese people began buying more Huawei products to help the company against this bully.

    I think the only reason Apple hasn't dipped more is that Huawei's CEO expressly told the Chinese people that he was an Apple fan (and, indeed, you see him frequently using Apple equipment).
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 5
    BeatsBeats Posts: 3,038member
    tjwolf said:
    Beats said:
    If Huawei didn't have knockoff iPhones, iPads, AirPods, Apple Stores, Software, I wonder how well they'd hold up on their own?
    ...
    I think Huawei's rise has little to do with emulating iPhone and everything to do with Trump's policy of blacklisting/harassing the company.  It stirred patriotic feelings in the Chinese public.  When the US targeted Huawei's 5G equipment throughout the world, the Chinese people began buying more Huawei products to help the company against this bully.

    I think the only reason Apple hasn't dipped more is that Huawei's CEO expressly told the Chinese people that he was an Apple fan (and, indeed, you see him frequently using Apple equipment).

    Ummm... WHAT? I highly doubt everyone in China gives a damn what he says. Of course he's an Apple fan, his company manufactures knockoff Apple products, CEOs of Huawei etc. are always caught using authentic Apple products.

    If Huawei didn't emulate Apple products (Most of their product line) you really think they would be just as big? Didn't the Chinese people buy the same products Trump was banning?
    lolliver
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