Q2 2021: China Smartphone Market Sees Lowest Q2 Sales Since 2012; vivo Leads as Huawei Plummets

  • Smartphone sales in China declined 13% QoQ and 6% YoY in Q2 2021.
  • vivo led the market in Q2 2021, capturing a 23% share, followed by OPPO (21%) and Xiaomi (17%).
  • Xiaomi was the fastest-growing OEM (70% YoY) in China, followed by Apple (43%) and OPPO (37%).

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Smartphone sales in China declined 13% QoQ in Q2 2021, reaching close to 75 million units, according to Counterpoint’s Monthly Market Pulse Service. The quarter’s sales also dropped 6% YoY, showing that the market was even weaker than last year when the country was hit severely by the pandemic. In fact, the Q2 2021 sales were the lowest second-quarter sales in China since 2012.

Commenting on the overall Chinese smartphone market, Research Analyst Mengmeng Zhang said, “The overall smartphone demand remains weak as the void left by Huawei cannot be filled immediately by other OEMs. Huawei is a strong brand in China and many of its users still retain their Huawei devices instead of switching to other brands. In addition, China’s smartphone market is quite mature, where demand mainly comes from replacement needs. Fueled by promotions during the 618 e-commerce festival, the market rebounded in June from its dip in April and May.”

Commenting on key vendors’ performances, Senior Research Analyst Ethan Qi said, “The market has experienced a reshuffle after the US ban on Huawei. One-time market leader Huawei saw its share decline to 10% in Q2 2021 from 32% in Q2 2020. vivo and OPPO now lead the market with 23% and 21% shares, respectively, followed by Xiaomi and Apple. All leading OEMs benefited from Huawei’s decline and grew their market shares. realme also continued its growth streak in China, surpassing one million unit sales for the first time.”

Smartphone Sales Volume Share of Key OEMs in China

Counterpoint Research China Smartphone Sales Market Share Q2 2021

Xiaomi was the fastest-growing key OEM during the quarter. It grew an impressive 70% YoY, accelerating its offline expansion with more stores in lower-tier cities and counties. Xiaomi has also made successful strides in penetrating high-end segments with the Xiaomi 11 Ultra and Xiaomi 11 Pro.

We expect China’s smartphone market to experience further reshuffling in Q3 and become more competitive with the fast recovery of HONOR. After restoring partnerships with suppliers and securing components, HONOR’s sales have started to improve. Its market share stood at 8.4% in June compared to 5.1% in January.


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