For the first time in history, Oppo has the honor of selling the most smartphones in China.
In January 2021, Oppo surpassed Huawei as the largest market share, according to a report by Counterpoint, a company that monitors device sales.
Oppo’s market share in China reached 21% in January 2021, surpassing Vivo, Huawei, Xiaomi, Apple, and others.
According to the report, Huawei and Vivo came in second with 20%, while Apple and Xiaomi came in third with 16%.
The main reason for Oppo’s success is the decline in the production of Huawei’s 5G phones as a result of US sanctions, as sales of Oppo’s 5G phones helped bring it to numbers.
During the last quarter of 2020, 65% of smartphones in China had 5G support, which explains why it lags behind Huawei.
The company has access to 4G processors due to US restrictions but lacks the processors needed for 5G phones.
That’s why Huawei is focusing on flagship phones with higher profit margins.
Xiaomi has benefited from the decline in sales of Huawei’s phones and has been able to pull off Huawei’s online business.
And yes, the sale of Honor by Huawei has also significantly reduced its market share as the number of Huawei and Honor phones used to be combined.