As 2014's first quarter is behind our backs, the global list of Top 10 companies by smartphone shipments has seen a rearrangement. While Samsung is successfully holding the top spot with a headway that's more than double of its rival Apple's shipments, Xiaomi, the superstar start-up, which sells its phones in homeland China by the tens of millions
, has broken into the list for the first time and ousted HTC from its 10th place. With this addition, the list is now half-Chinese, with fellow brands Huawei, Lenovo, Coolpad, and ZTE holding the third, fourth, sixth, eighth, and ninth places respectively.
Then again, it's debatable how global are Chinese companies in reality. Most of them make the bulk of their sales in the vast market of their homeland, with limited exports to outside markets. However, while Xiaomi ships some 97% of its products in China and looks forward to expanding globally, Huawei exports a respectable 45% of smartphones outside China.
source: Tech In Asia