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Apple becomes top smartphone vendor in China

APPLE Inc became the top smartphone vendor by units in the Chinese market for the first time in the fourth quarter, even as the average iPhone price is double the average price of the market, US-based research firm Canalys said today.

Apple’s China revenue hit US$16.1 billion in the first fiscal quarter ended on December 27, marking 70 percent growth year-on-year, which made Chine its fastest growing region globally, Apple said today.

The result came from surging demand for Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

“The company is finally riding the large screen and LTE trends in China, which have been vital to its success,” said Canalys in a report today.

The top four vendors in the fourth quarter in China by units were Apple, Xiaomi, Samsung and Huawei, said Canalys, which is said to release a report with detailed figures next week.

Apple sold its 1 billionth iOS device (including iPhone, iPad and iPod) in November, which was a 64-gigabyte iPhone 6 Plus, said Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive.


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