Despite falling short of its 2015 sales target, Xiaomi was still the top smartphone manufacturer in China for the year, according to a new Wall Street Journal report which cited « early figures » from market research firms Canalys and Strategy Analytics.

According to Canalys, Xiaomi claimed 15.2% of the market in China. Huawei came in second with 14.7%, while Apple was third with 12.5% share.

The report cited Chinese analysts as saying that brisk sales of the company’s Redmi Note 3 smartphone – which they said comes with « competitive pricing and trendy features » – along with the end-of-year sales season were some of the main reasons that helped Xiaomi claim the spot.

They also predicted that in 2016, Xiaomi will have to face a tough fight from competitors like Huawei, which shipped over 100 million smartphones in 2015 – Xiaomi, for comparison, shipped only 70 million.

For those who aren’t already aware, Xiaomi’s next flagship smartphone – the Mi 5 – will be unveiled on February 24.


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