The only company that opposed the trend was Xiaomi, whose sales increased 37 percent. Not surprisingly, it was the only one in the top five that reached the entry level (under $ 160), and it recorded the high end with the Mi Mix 2S and Mi 6X.
For the reason? If you ask Canalys, it's easy: there's a sense of fatigue. Fierce competition in China has led companies to mimic their phone lineups and launch strategies, but only the largest companies can handle them. Smaller companies could not survive in the long term.
Canalys expects China to recover in the second quarter, especially now that flagships like Huawei's P20 series are available. However, the analyst group acknowledges that it might look through pink glasses: it warns of a potentially stagnating phase in which companies are doubling their R & D efforts rather than focusing on comprehensive marketing campaigns. When global smartphone shipments fall for the first time this fall, it's clear the status quo is not enough. The telephone market is getting saturated quickly, and many companies may not be able to avoid difficult times.