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Samsung, Apple Stay Still As Huawei, OPPO And Vivo Make Huge Bounds


It’s been a great year for the three Chinese brands

IDC’s results for Q1 of 2017 are in, and the results aren’t making folks in Seoul or California happy. While both Samsung and Apple retain their top spots in the worldwide leader board in the first three months of this year, both brands have stagnated, with Samsung and Apple recording virtually zero growth from the same period last year.

The picture couldn’t be more different for Chinese brands Huawei, OPPO and Vivo, who took the third, fourth and fifth spot, respectively. These three Chinese brands enjoyed double digit growth for Q1 of this year, with OPPO growing as much as 30%. Vivo grew 23.6%, while Huawei grew 21.7%.

The three brands shouldn’t get cocky though – Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 wasn’t yet available in the first quarter of 2017, and if anecdotal evidence is to be believed, the new flagship is shaping up to be quite a hot seller for the Korean company.


John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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  1. In terms of shipment volume, Samsung
    flatlined (no change); Apple increased a little bit more.
    They are NOT unhappy.
    Those unhappy are the small players whose market shares dipped due to the surging market shares of Huawei, Oppo and Vivo.
    This is not hard to understand.

    1. I don’t know about you, but no marketing guy worth his salt will be content or happy with virtually zero growth compared to last year.

      1. Ok. It’s apparent you haven’t heard of diminishing returns, profit margins, unsustainable growth, etc that ARE much desirable than growing your market share. If Apple DID have greater profits and revenues last fiscal year (while compared to Samsung, – pls. look it up) while selling marginally less, they couldn’t be happier. The above scenario won’t cause them sleepless nights.

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