Apple holds onto fifth place in the Chinese smartphone market

Apple held onto fifth place in the Chinese smartphone market for the first half od 2016, ahead of Samsung, with around a 9% market share, according to Canalys. The iPhone SE has done little to increase overall shipment numbers in China, claims the research group.

Annual smart phone shipments surged in China in the second quarter. With just over a 16% share, China-based Huawei is leading the local players pulling away from international brands Apple and Samsung.

Oppo and Vivo — also based in China — reached new heights to take second and third place as both shipped over 15 million units. Beijing-based Xiaomi’s shipments were largely flat compared with Q1, but fell around 20% year on year as it struggled to expand its open channels and deliver a blockbuster flagship handset.