Despite trade tensions, the iPhone is still attractive in China

Apple still recorded skyrocketing iPhone sales in China while Android phones were losing points.

Apple has struggled to compete in China since the end of 2018 but new data shows that the launch of the iPhone 11 series has finally helped Silicon Valley-based brand turn the second largest market of yourself.

Official data (via Bloomberg) published by the Chinese government shows that Apple shipped an impressive 3.18 million iPhones during December. As a result, it has captured 11% of the smartphone market in the country. This and achieved a strong growth – 18.7% compared to December 2018. These results marked a significant breakthrough compared to October and November, when iPhone sales increased by only 6%.

The total number of smartphones sold in China in December stood at 28.92 million units, a decrease of 13.7% compared to the same period in 2018. This figure is mainly due to a reduction in demand for smartphone models. Android, accounting for 89% of all smartphones.

Apple still competes vigorously without a 5G phone

Information provided by industry sources indicates that the iPhone 11 is a “trump card”, helping to maintain Apple’s strong sales performance. The source also believes that the company will have a strong start in early 2020 thanks to the Lunar New Year in the country. This is the time often leading to a spike in smartphone sales across the country.

However, after this time, demand for the iPhone may drop dramatically because of the growing popularity of 5G phones. It is estimated that 5G smartphone sales totaled 13.77 million units last year, of which 5.14 million were sold in December alone. This year, this trend is expected. Continued and since the 5G iPhone will arrive until September, the iPhone “giant” may struggle to compete in the coming months.

It is expected that the smartphone will be powered by the A13 Bionic iPhone chip along with 3GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory. In terms of design, they will be quite similar to the iPhone 8 along with the revival of Touch ID and the traditional Home key, thick screen borders.

iPhone 9 is expected to debut at an event in late March alongside the next-generation iPad Pro. In particular, the phone will cost only about 399 USD (equivalent to 9.24 million), 50 USD lower than the iPhone 8 at the time of “shelves” first.