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Huawei widens lead over Apple in China's smartphone market

Top 4 Chinese brands cemented their dominance in 2018 as pie shrank

A Huawei store in Shanghai. The company increased phone shipments in China as new models sold briskly. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

GUANGZHOU -- Top Chinese smartphone vendor Huawei Technologies boosted shipment volume by 15.5% at home last year even as the overall market shrank, while Apple, its U.S. rival for global leadership, logged an 11.7% decline.

Total smartphone shipments in China decreased 10.5% on the year to 397.7 million units in 2018, U.S. research company IDC reported on Monday. The second straight annual decline exceeded the 4.9% drop of 2017 and marked the first time in five years that volume fell below 400 million.

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