Apple is off to a fantastic start in China this year, quickly working through longstanding Android market dominance to secure the top spot among bestselling smartphones with its current-generation iPhone 6.

Published Thursday, the latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech indicates that for the three months ending in February, "Apple’s iOS sales have reached an all-time high in urban China where it captured 27.6% of the smartphone market."

This is no small feat for Apple, which wasn't expected to perform so well this quickly given the higher prices of most Apple devices when compared to other leading rivals in the mobile hardware space.

"There has been a strong appetite for Apple’s products in urban China seen since the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and this has continued into Chinese New Year. China Mobile’s subscribers accounted for 59% of the 27.6% volume share recorded by iOS in the latest period", says Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. “Across key global markets Apple’s momentum generally continued from last month, with market share gains in all markets except the US and Japan.”

To review all the data contained in the latest smartphone sales update out of China, check out Kantar's full statement on the matter here.

Source: Kantar Worldpanel ComTech