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Chinese OEMs fill four of top six spots in top market

An analysis by Strategy Analytics of Chinese sales for Q1 2013 (Jan. through Mar.) showed Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) hanging on to its top spot in the Chinese smartphone market, the world's largest smartphone market.

To score the win Samsung moved 12.5m smartphones in the Asian nation.  This was the first time Samsung had sold more than ten million smartphones in a quarter in China.

The next four manufacturers were all domestic firms: Coolpad in particular is an interesting inclusion.  While Lenovo is already a widely known brand in the U.S. and ZTE/Huawei are gaining exposure as well of late (for better or worse), Coolpad is a relative unknown to U.S. buyers, but a fast-rising star in China.

Samsung girls
Samsung's attractive models beat out domestic Chinese rivals. [Image Source: Shootspeak]

Apple, Inc. (AAPL) for the second straight quarter has been bumped to sixth place in the valuable market, selling "only" 6.1 million iPhone in the first three months of 2013 in China.  Still, Apple's performance was leagues better than LG Electronics, Inc. (KSC:066570) who moved a mere 100,000 smartphones in the nation, sinking to its worst Chinese performance to date.

Samsung is on pace to sell 390 million smartphone units globally in 2013.  Its flagship Galaxy S IV hit 10 million unit sales in a month, globally.

Source: The Korea Herald

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it's true!
By BRB29 on 5/28/2013 9:26:55 AM , Rating: 2
In china, tech specs doesn't sell smartphones, models sells smartphones!!!

RE: it's true!
By Motoman on 5/28/2013 10:34:29 AM , Rating: 3
Tech specs don't sell anything anywhere. Not to the vast majority of any given market. Marketing sells stuff.

RE: it's true!
By BRB29 on 5/28/13, Rating: 0
RE: it's true!
By Mint on 5/29/2013 2:09:51 PM , Rating: 2
Specs still matter. If Samsung or HTC skimped on the processor or display in their flagship devices then they'd undoubtedly feel a sales hit.

Marketing and more importantly brand history become big factors only when tech products have similar specs/prices. Even Apple's mighty marketing wouldn't keep the iPhone selling so well if it didn't have top tier performance, build quality, app ecosystem, etc.

RE: it's true!
By cyberguyz on 5/28/2013 11:19:50 AM , Rating: 3
6th place... Must suck to be Apple in China right now.

LOL even the local phone makers are taking bites out of their butts right now (That Apple logo with a chunk bitten out of it can symbolize more than one thing).

RE: it's true!
By Donkey2008 on 5/28/2013 3:25:26 PM , Rating: 2
Do those local phone makers have 160 Billion USD in the bank? Do ANY of the companies on the list, including Samsung?

Didn't think so.

RE: it's true!
By Motoman on 5/28/2013 3:28:35 PM , Rating: 2
Does anyone care?

Didn't think so.

RE: it's true!
By spread on 5/28/2013 6:13:53 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't matter what their savings account says, what matters is whether or not they are competitive and currently they are not and for good reason.

Competition is playing their game now, mainly quality and feature full products. What Apple excels at is excellent software support for even their old devices compared to the loaded crapware and lack of updates the Android manufacturers shovel their products with.

Hopefully iOS 7 will be more interesting than the bore so far.

RE: it's true!
By Xplorer4x4 on 5/28/2013 10:09:53 PM , Rating: 2
What good is a $160B USD if you don't use it to stay on top of whatever market(s) you are in?

RE: it's true!
By w8gaming on 5/29/2013 10:20:38 PM , Rating: 2
Even though Apple has 160 billions in their Account, they are not doing anything constructive to it. They could have, buy (1) investing heavily into R&D and come out with another new type of devices that does not exist in the market and grab another windfall profit. (2) buy out other companies with good profitability, diversity their business and get more stable revenue streams for the future. But they are not doing any of this. That's why the investors are now worried Apple will end up wasting all this money and demand most of it to be paid out as dividends NOW.

RE: it's true!
By embedded_bill on 5/28/2013 5:26:44 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it must really suck to be Apple. Tim Cooke is crying his eyes out in his bathtub full of gold.

RE: it's true!
By Scott66 on 5/28/2013 6:08:16 PM , Rating: 2
The missing chunk represents the piece of China's cell phone industry Apple is not a part of. China Mobile still has not signed any contracts with Apple to carry the iPhone. That is like Apple not being able to be partnered with AT&T in the US.

RE: it's true!
By Any14Tee on 5/28/2013 7:32:28 PM , Rating: 2
It symbolizes "Rotten Apple", well there's a Chin-k in that Apple armor, sorry couldn't resist.

RE: it's true!
By wind79 on 5/29/2013 1:12:46 AM , Rating: 2
Just buy the models... Its faster and more direct...

RE: it's true!
By inperfectdarkness on 5/29/2013 2:47:45 AM , Rating: 1
what's sad is, if the population keeps growing disproportionately male, soon any chinese company will be able to sell practically anything just because there's a female model hawking it.

RE: it's true!
By ssnova703 on 5/29/2013 3:38:33 PM , Rating: 2
Europe and US must be only buying it for the models too then huh? Seeing that Samsung is topping global markets...

It's been said, but given factors, GS series is doing well.. thin, light, expandable memory, replaceable battery, top notch hardware... it's a good combo.. and easy recipe that no one else does for whatever reasons.. yes i know many bash that it's plastic, but go back to thin and light in the specs.. and as many argue, many(not all) put their expensive smartphone in a protective case which adds bulk and weight..hence many do not mind that it is thinner/lighter for functionality.

Watch out for the Chinese OEMs
By Mint on 5/29/2013 2:32:52 PM , Rating: 2
They're only going to make the non-Samsung Android phone manufacturers struggle even more with profits. Samsung will feel it too, but right now they have a brand image premium and will do everything in their power to preserve it.

IMO Nokia made a smart move choosing WP8 instead of Android, given how late they realized that Symbian was a sinking ship. They want to be the Samsung of the WP world.

I'm worried!
By mosu on 5/29/2013 2:36:28 PM , Rating: 2
I'm worried because Chinese people now look smarter to me than european and north american people, at least in the matter of smartphone choice.

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