During the fourth quarter of 2020, Apple sold an unexpectedly hefty 18 million mobile phones in China. This means the company's share of the smartphone market increased from 10% to 20%.

According to data reported by Digitimes, the four 12-series iPhone models were primarily responsible for attracting buyers.

In other respects, sales in the Chinese market were dominated by that nation's own brands, not least Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo, which have a combined share of 78%.

Interestingly, it has also emerged that Chinese customers now buy more 5G models than 4G models, in a promising sigh for the rollout of the new standard.

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This article originally appeared on Macworld Sweden. Translation by David Price.