China set to hit 400 million smartphone sales in 2014
Chief Gartner analyst Lu Jun is predicting that China will see 443.5 million mobile phones sold in total this year, which means the country is expected to have about 90% of mobile sales be smartphones, which is an absolutely huge market. Even more interesting, Jun is expecting the high-end smartphone market in China to grow substantially as well over the next few years. It is expected to be about 20% this year, meaning about 80 million high-end smartphones. But, by 2017, Jun is expecting the high-end smartphone market in China to hit 37%.
That's a huge market and a lot of growth potential. Samsung and MIUI are already doing quite well in China, and that doesn't look to change going forward, but there is definitely opportunity for other smartphone makers to gain customers.