The Apple iPad line of tablets are dominating the China retail market as tablet sales begin to pick up steam in the country. While only 2.6 million tablets were sold in China during the third quarter of 2012, a recent report found that seven in ten of those tablet sales were Apple iPads.
In the report by Analysys International the company notes that Apple accounts for nearly 70% of a market that has grown by 62.5 percent year-over-year.
Apple actually held a larger tablet share in Q2 2012 but lost some ground as Android powered tablets took to the market. iPad’s Chinese tablet market share dropped by one percent from the second to the third quarter.
In second place was Chinese manufacturer Lenovo which commanded 10.5 percent market share. In a distant third was Chinese firm Erenbeb which edged out Samsung with a 3.6 percent share. Samsung grabbed 3.5 percent of the Chinese tablet marketplace.
The tablet market in China has grown in large part thanks to cheaper tablet devices that have enticed more buyers who want to hop online at a lower cost without upfront expenses.
Analysys isn’t the only company reporting Apple’s domination in China, a recent IDC report also found that iPad shipments drastically increased after Apple ended a trademark dispute over the iPad name.
In the meantime Apple’s iPad line lost 14% of its US market share in Q3 2012 thanks to the rise of the Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy and Amazon Kindle Fire line of Android powered devices.
Do you think Apple will maintain its stranglehold on the China tablet market?