Samsung tops in China's smartphone market as Apple drops to sixth

Samsung tops in China's smartphone market as Apple drops to sixth
IDC released its ranking of the top smartphone manufacturers in China for the third quarter and no surprise, Samsung remains on top. China is the top mobile phone market in the world and its rankings consist of a combination of global leaders and hometown producers. One of the latter, Lenovo, is second with relatively unknown Coolpad moving up three spots to third. Dropping one spot to fourth is another local manufacturer, ZTE, with Chinese firm Huawei finishing fifth.

Samsung is the top smartphone manufacturer in China

Samsung is the top smartphone manufacturer in China

Is there a major world wide producer missing from this top five? Did you say, Apple? The Cupertino based firm finished sixth in Chna during the third quarter, down from fourth place in the prior three month period. According to IDC, Apple's marketshare was less than 10% in the country during the period, which saw a record 60 million units shipped from China. The metrics firm expects Apple to snap back in the fourth quarter since the Apple iPhone 5 just received regulatory approval to be sold in the country and will launch on December 14th.

China has over 1 billion mobile phone users but less than 20% have 3G connectivity. Similar to the U.S., China's major carriers use subsidies on new phones in order to attract business. China Mobile is the largest carrier in the world and along with China Telecom and China Unicom, the operators have been pushing home-grown devices instead of phones made by the big global names.
 
source: Reuters

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12 Comments

1. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! Apple, u crack, or should I say BITE, me up!

8. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Of course Sammy is at the top in China and world over! I guess innovation and quality have truly prevailed...at last! And oh yeah good job local chinese manufacturers....they came up with some top notch products that are forcing even the big guns to think and pushing them to make even better products! Apple well....I am surprised its still in the top ten list given their latest patented attitude!

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

PLus the price of Android is much better than apple....

12. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Agreed :)

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Chinese will definitely go for value for money. I bought iPad over iPhone for the same reason. iPad - Apple profit around $250 iPhone - Apple profit around $750 - $1050

3. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

How is this report giving a ten percent estimate for Apple and the last one said 4.2 for iOS? Seems like a complete mess

4. ray77

Posts: 126; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

poor apple

5. joseph98

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

I thought HTC will be listed in the top 5. hmmmm

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm gonna run out to china, buy 600,000,000 iPhones and help apple claim the top spot. Just as soon as I hit the powerball lottery.

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

and you say you are just a fan of tech?? Rrrright....lol

7. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Sad for Nokia

9. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

lol...atleast they still manage to be on 6th... well how about nokia? what the heck i that coolpad?

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