Fast-rising smartphone maker Xiaomi has quickly become one of China’s biggest tablet makers as well, but Apple is still holding steady as the country’s top vendor, according to new data.
Xiaomi, perhaps best known for its inexpensive hardware, began selling its first Android tablet on July 1, and ranked third as China’s largest tablet vendor at the end of the third quarter, research firm IDC said Monday.
The company had a 7.6 percent market share, 0.6 percentage points behind second place Samsung. But Apple’s iPads were still by far the most popular tablets in the country, grabbing a market share of over 29 percent in the quarter.
Xiaomi has been making waves in the smartphone market, for selling cutting-edge Android handsets at less than half the price of flagship devices from Apple and Samsung. The phones, although largely sold in China, have been enough to make Xiaomi the world’s third largest smartphone vendor, according to IDC.