iPhone Was Only Second In Chinese Sales To This Smartphone In 2017

By Mikelle Leow, 18 Jan 2018

Image via Apple China

Smartphone users in China are more inclined towards owning devices from local brands, though one foreign tech giant has broken barriers in the industry by placing second in sales.

In 2017, Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus was the runner-up “best-seller” in the competitive country, according to Counterpoint Research, and had accounted for 2.8% of China’s smartphone sales.

The model was surpassed only by the Oppo R9s, which was amusingly inspired by the iPhone. The Chinese smartphone bested its competitor in revenue by 0.2%.

Oppo R9S. Image via Oppo

The smaller iPhone 7 didn’t fare too shabbily itself, and was the fifth best-selling phone in China that year.

Counterpoint learned that sales for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus surged during the second half of 2017, when Apple lowered prices to prepare for the launch of its newer phones.

Analyst Neil Shah told CNET, “[Though the] iPhone X breaks some monotonous design cycle Apple had with previous iPhones, the pricing of the X is beyond the reach of the bulk of Chinese consumers.”



In spite of the aggressive competition in the Chinese industry, it’s one of Apple’s most lucrative markets. A 2017 report by the company revealed that it had earned US$9.8 billion in revenue from the nation.

CEO Tim Cook recently described, “The number one reason why we like to be in China is the people. China has extraordinary skills.”

Take a closer look at some images of the smartphone that one-upped the iPhone 7 Plus in China.

[via CNET, images via various sources]
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