Mainland China’s smartphone market finished 2022 with an annual shipment of 287 million units, a year-on-year decrease of 14%, according to Canalys. This is the first time since 2013 that China’s market shipment has fallen below 300 million units.
Canalys says the 2022 crown was taken by vivo, while HONOR and Apple ranked second and third respectively. The iPhone maker reached an all-time-high market share of 18% in China thanks to “its aggressive promotions and demand in the high-end segment remained resilient,” according to Canalys.
In quarter four of 2022, despite the sales season, the Chinese market only managed to ship 74.4 million units, recording a 14% year-on-year decline. The fourth quarter’s market leader Apple dropped by 24% due to the earlier release of the iPhone 14 series, of which supply was also affected by the lockdown of Foxconn’s plant in Zhengzhou.
vivo ranked second with 12.7 million units while OPPO (including OnePlus) maintained third place with 12.5 million units. HONOR slipped to fourth while Xiaomi completed the league table in fifth place.