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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus takes smartphone crown in China

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The iPhone snagged a 27.6 percent market share in urban China for the three months ending in February, pushing Apple ahead of local vendor Xiaomi, according to a market researcher.

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Apple has stolen the No. 1 spot in smartphone sales in urban China from local rival Xiaomi, according to market researcher Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

For the three months that ended in February, Apple’s iPhone 6 was the top selling phone in urban China with a market share of 10.2 percent, up from 9.5 percent for the prior three months. The iPhone 6 Plus was the third best-selling phone just behind Xiaomi’s Android-based RedMi Note in second place. With the two new iPhones as well as older models selling robustly in China, Apple jumped to the top spot with 27.6 percent market share overall, Kantar said Wednesday.

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As the world’s largest smartphone market with almost 520 million users, China is prime territory for Apple and other mobile phone vendors. Apple aggressively pursued deals with China’s three major mobile carriers, including top carrier China Mobile, to bring the iPhone to the country. China-based smartphone rivals, such as Xiaomi, have typically held the upper hand by offering high-quality phones at low prices. So Apple’s rise in China is a clear sign of the appeal of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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