Chinese manufacturers hold three top five spots as smartphone makers

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Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi hold places three, four and five for smartphone sales, with Apple sitting in second and Samsung way ahead of the pack in first. This has only happened in the past few months, as Xiaomi knocked LG out of the fifth spot.

This means a lot for manufacturers and the dominance of China when it comes to smartphone shipments. China has the largest population in the world, at 1.3 billion, the only other country close to that is India with 1.2 billion.

Growth in China and India

It might not affect Apple or Samsung, who have twice and four times as much market share, respectively, but it should in the coming future. The lack of growth in China and India by Apple means companies like Xiaomi, Lenovo and Huawei will continue to flourish.

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Not only that, but other companies in India will become contenders for a top-five spot, there are some vendors like Karbonn, Micromax and Lava who are based in India and appeal more to the general population.

Apple is still welcomed as one of thee best brands in India and China, but the truth is most cannot afford the iPhone 5S or 5C. Recently, Apple tried to sell the iPhone 4 in India for a discounted price, we are unsure if they succeeded in winning people over.

According to analysts, over 400 million new users will be added in 2014 alone, with another 400 million next year. All of these will come from India and China. If Apple cannot grab the attention through a cheaper device, the large market share will go to Samsung or the vendors based in China and India.

Samsung’s Slump

samsung-galaxy-s5Even though Samsung is ahead of the competition, worries are starting to arise. The South Korean company has a -3.9 percent growth year-on-year and it looks like both the high-end and low-end got hit this year.

In China and India, Samsung is starting to lose out to local vendors. The smartphone maker cannot seem to crack the formula companies like Xiaomi and Micromax are offering to users in their respective countries.

This could be bad for Samsung, who relies on owning each market or at least having a strong pull on the low and high-end. The Galaxy S5 has also been deemed a failure on Samsung’s standards, something Apple will no doubt scoop up with the iPhone 6.

If Samsung cannot provide quality in the top end and localised functionality and needs in the low-end, we cannot see their powerful reign on the smartphone market lasting too much longer.