The growth story of the world’s largest smartphone market, China, came to an end as it suffered its first-ever annual decline, with shipments down by 4% from 2016 to 459 million units in 2017. This drop was partly due to China having one of its worst year-on-year performances in Q4 2017, with shipments plummeting by over 14% to just under 113 million units according to market analyst Canalys.
- Huawei grew shipments by 9% against the overall market decline, shipping more than 24 million smartphones, holding the top spot.
- Shipments fell for both Oppo and Vivo, by 16% and 7% respectively with Oppo shipping 19 million smartphones and Vivo 17 million.
- Apple overtook Xiaomi to take fourth place, pushing Xiaomi back to fifth with 13 million units.