The iPhone is making a comeback in China… even before Apple has sold a single smartphone via the country’s distribution giant, China Mobile.
New data from Counterpoint Research shows that Apple’s iPhone has experienced major growth in China in the past two months as its market share in the country fell from less than 5% in September 2013 to around 12% in October 2013.
This increase in sales of the iPhone, which unsurprisingly coincided with the launch of theiPhone 5s and theiPhone 5c, propelled the American giant from sixth place to third place in just one month.
The only other suppliers in China that have larger market shares than Apple are now Samsung and Lenovo, both of which have made a name for themselves by selling Android-based terminals. As a reminder, the iPhone has been marketed for a few days at China Mobile (read: China Mobile: pre-orders for the iPhone as of Thursday), even if the operator refuses to officially confirm this agreement.