Citing the sub-$200 Android market as the driving force, IDC believes that price point will drop as low-end devices dominate the competition for market share. China is expected to account for 26.5% of smartphone shipments this year, leaving the US in a distant second at 17.8%.
That does not mean that the US market is standing still, however. Growth is still expected, but at a slower rate as first-time users pick up the technology and as exiting users upgrade. Along with China’s rise, IDC points out that there are several other countries will assume key-market roles over the next several years, in particular Brazil and Russia.
Wrapping up the top-five markets for smartphone shipments in 2012 are, China, USA, India, Brazil and UK.