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Lenovo passes iPhone in Chinese market

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Lenovo passes iPhone in Chinese market
Lenovo isn't a company that we think of in the US when it comes to smartphones. At most, Lenovo is a PC company that also has some cheap Windows 8 tablets in the works. But, in China, Lenovo is getting pretty big in the smartphone market, bigger than Apple actually. 

According to new numbers about Q2 smartphone sales in China, Lenovo had a huge quarter. In Q1 of 2012, Lenovo had been down in 7th place in the Chinese market, but Q2 saw the company jump all the way to 2nd place, beating out Apple, but still well behind Samsung. Lenovo had 11% of the Chinese smartphone market, which adds up to around 9.6 million handsets sold. 

The total smartphone market in China was a record 87 million handsets in Q2, and while Lenovo's 9.6 was good enough for 2nd place, it was a distant 2nd. Samsung actually accounted for more than half of all smartphone sales in China at a whopping 44 million handsets. Apple actually came in 4th after a drop from 19% of the market in Q1 to just 10% in Q2. China's own ZTE took 3rd place.

source: Bloomberg (Business Insider) via BGR

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posted on 26 Aug 2012, 21:54 1

1. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


i think it comes down to the fact that chinese buyers will not buy an expensive iphone a) because they do not have the money and b) because there are so many knockoffs and other cheaper options… if apple were to release a cheap cheap iphone then marketshare would be different-- but then it would not be a status symbol, and apple needs to fill that "latest and greatest" niche

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 22:34 1

5. HäckeMáte (Posts: 168; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Ive seen bootleg iPhones and they are Joke, so I REALLY dont think they are buying the knockoffs over the real deal (were not talking Luis Vutton purses here) The differnce is actually hilarious.

Some countries just have other trends. In south america the Blackberry is still king and nobody knows what an HTC is.

Lenovo is actually a very reputable company overseas. Its no wonder why IBM bought them. I wish they were more popular in the US

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 23:01 1

7. ryq24 (Posts: 442; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


lenovo bought ibm pc company not the other way around.

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 21:57 1

2. wendygarett (unregistered)


Both iPhone and Lenovo are overpriced...

But why Chinese prefer Lenovo instead of iPhone?

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 22:24 4

3. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


Maybe for a Kidney you can get 2 Lenovo Phones =O

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 22:27 3

4. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


no actually... lenovo a60/a65 are very cheap at $150.... and there current flagship is a midrange at $200...

you dont know this phones coz its not available in US only in china and philippines i guess... i dont know if any other country receive this phones coz its only triband... 900/1800...

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 23:03

8. ryq24 (Posts: 442; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


china is the pioneer in dual sim phone and lenovo like hwawei and zte all make dual sim phone. chinese prefer this type of phone and also their cheaper.

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 23:24

9. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


WOW. that actually makes a LOT of sense. thanks for posting.

I remember when I traveled in Colombia I had to swap sim cards on my phone because there are areas/cities where only 1 carrier works, and you go to another city and have to get a SIM for a different carrier. I noticed a lot of people with DUAL SIM phones because of this

of course you have to pay twice as much for 2 services but in those countries service is much cheaper, so it works out.

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 22:40 1

6. rusticguy (Posts: 2810; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Asia is a different Turf and it's mostly Samsung the leader in all segments (smartphones/feature phones etc) in China and India.

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 00:06

10. pegasso (Posts: 130; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


I have Lenovo LePhone S880.
IMHO it's good phone with great price.

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