On Tuesday, Umeng.com (友盟+) released a report on China’s smartphone market that reveals Oppo and Vivo, along with Huawei and its sub-brand Honor, dominated the domestic field from January through August of this year.

Apple wasn’t left entirely in the dust but the next-best foreign competitor, Samsung, didn’t make much of an impression in the rankings. According to Umeng’s chart of the top six smartphone brands, Oppo and Vivo were nearly head-to-head with 20.7% and 20.1% of the market, respectively.

Apple follows with a respectable 14.2%, trailed by Huawei. However, if Huawei and its ranking sub-brand Honor are combined, they beat out all other competitors with 22.6% of China’s smartphone market.

Together the top 6 brands took up a large majority of the entire market, fluctuating between a low of 82.6% and a high of 89.6%.

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Umeng also ranked brands in order of new users, user retention, and a “competitiveness” measure based on the two previous values.

While Oppo and Vivo proved the strongest in attracting new users, Apple still outranked all other players in terms of user retention, despite a drop from last year. That gave it a boost in the competitiveness chart, where its 79.9 rating fell not far behind Vivo and Oppo.

Image credit: Umeng.com

Huawei, Xiaomi and Honor made up the next tier of top-rankers, while 360 vied with OnePlus, Smartisan, and Meizu (in that order) in the third tier.

In terms of the “competitiveness rating” of individual phone series, Vivo’s X and Oppo’s R ranked the highest, followed by the iPhone 7 line. Huawei and Xiaomi series performed similarly, lagged by Honor and in last place, Meizu.

Image credit: Umeng.com

In the overall market, Umeng reported that new smartphone prices fell mostly in the under-RMB 3,000 range, although RMB4,000-5,000 and under-RMB 1,000 saw new growth.

Not-so-surprisingly, phones and screens in the domestic market have continued to grow in size. Over one-half of new phones from January through August are 5.6 inches or bigger, while some 79% had screens that took up over 70% of the phone body.

Image credit: Umeng.com

And finally, new phones have seen an upgrade in features despite overall “sluggish” growth. Demand for NFC is gradually growing in first-tier cities. Front-facing cameras are now higher-quality than before, most likely reflecting the demand for better-looking selfies.

Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.

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