IPhone 6's popularity over Samsung drives Apple's China share to record
Waiting to buy the new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in Hong Kong, on Sept. 19, 2014. (AP / Vincent Yu)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, March 5, 2015 5:23AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, March 5, 2015 5:28AM EST
SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - A consumer survey shows the popularity of the iPhone 6 has driven Apple's market share in China to its highest ever while Samsung has continued to lose ground.
Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said Thursday that its latest survey of 15,000 people living in Chinese cities showed Apple's market share reached 25.4 per cent in the November-January period, up from 20.9 per cent a year earlier.
That was a record for Apple in the world's largest smartphone market, but not enough to catch up Chinese maker Xiaomi, which claimed 27.6 per cent.
The market research firm said the market share of Samsung Electronics Co. eroded further to 11.3 per cent. It was 22.2 per cent a year earlier.
Kantar conducts a monthly online survey of the same 15,000 city-dwelling Chinese.