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China hits new record in quarterly smartphone sales

  • Staff Reporter
  • 2012-12-12
  • 08:49 (GMT+8)
Apple's new iPhone 5 will be released in China this month. (Photo/Xinhua)

Apple's new iPhone 5 will be released in China this month. (Photo/Xinhua)

China has reported a new record in smartphones sales with more than 60 million handsets sold during the third quarter of the year, according to the US-based International Data Corporation, a market research firm specializing in IT.

The growth of China's smartphone market is currently 38%, compared to the 9% growth for the overall mobile phone market.

Smartphones using the Android operating system still dominate the market, although phones running on Apple's iOS and Microsoft's Windows 8 are also expected to perform well in the final quarter of the year.

"China's smartphone market is indeed astonishing," said Wong Teck-zhung, a senior IDC analyst. "There isn't a place like China that can have such a huge impact on the regions in which it operates."

Apple's iPhone has dropped to sixth in China's smartphone rankings with less than 10% market share in Q3, although the introduction of its new iPhone 5 this month will certainly improve the American company's performance.

Samsung led all smartphone sales in China last quarter, followed by Chinese-owned companies Lenovo, Coolpad, ZTE and Huawei.

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