While spearheading aggressive forays into overseas markets, Chinese smartphone brands are also taking a firmer hold of the domestic market and eating into the shares of multinational phone makers like Apple and Samsung.

In 2016, a total of 559.7 million mobile phones were shipped in China, up 8.0% from the previous year, according to a report from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT). The number of new model releases reached 1,446, down 3.3 percent year over year (YOY).

Of the total amount, local smartphone makers have shipped 497.8 million units in 2016, up 16.1% YOY. The figure accounts for 88.9% of the domestic mobile phone shipments, higher than 85.0% one year ago.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.