For a long time, Chinese manufacturers only went in one direction: upwards. In the first quarter of 2022, however, Xiaomi and Co. got a lot of sand in their gears. The counter-example comes from Apple.


The heyday for Chinese smartphone manufacturers seems to be over for now. While it initially looked as if Xiaomi in particular could follow in the footsteps that Huawei was forced to leave behind as a result of the US sanctions, growth at Xiaomi is now also slowing down – and not only there.

Chinese smartphone manufacturers lose significantly

A clear one (Image source: Chinese smartphone manufacturers lose significantly in the first quarter of 2022 (Image source: Statista)

They make that clear Figures for the first quarter of 2022, which is not good news for many manufacturers from the People’s Republic (source: Statista). Like that had to Xiaomi a sharp drop of 18 percent compared to the same period in the previous year in terms of delivery volume. still Things are looking worse for the BBK Electronics brands: At Oppo there is a minus of 27 percent, at Vivo the drop is even 28 percent.

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Samsung also recorded a slight drop in delivery volume. Only Apple can detach itself from the general trend and achieve a plus of 2 percent. With the forced switch to USB-C, the iPhone manufacturer could also conquer other groups of buyers.

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Samsung remains number 1, followed by Apple and Xiaomi

Nothing has changed in the pecking order between the smartphone manufacturers, at least when looking at the podium. With a With a market share of 23 percent, Samsung is still ahead. Arch-rival Apple can claim 18 percent, while Xiaomi secures the bronze medal with 13 percent.

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At least for Xiaomi, things could get better again soon. The Chinese have some interesting smartphones in the pipeline, such as the mighty Xiaomi 12 Ultra with a Leica camera.