Xiaomi the smartphone maker often dubbed "China's Apple", has been dethroned in its home market by rival Huawei as it struggles to maintain a rapid sales growth rate.
In the third quarter, Huawei took the top spot after it posted 81 percent year-on-year shipment growth, while Xiaomi's shrank, according to data from market research firm Canalys. The company did not release specific figures, but said it would publish full country-level phone estimates to clients by the end of the month.
"Huawei's ascent to China's smart phone throne is a remarkable feat, especially in the context of an increasingly cutthroat and maturing Chinese smart phone market," Jessie Ding, a research analyst at Canalys, said in a note.
"On the other hand, Xiaomi, with its worldwide target of 80 million smart phone shipments for 2015, is under tremendous pressure to keep growing as an international player as it is slowing down in its key home market.'"