China is Now the World's Largest Smartphone Market
November 23, 2011 4:10 PM
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Nokia is the top seller in China, Samsung is close behind; meanwhile HTC and Apple top U.S. ranks
For those awaiting with bated breath China passing the U.S. as the world's richest (e.g. highest GDP) nation, here's a sign of the times that may interest you. China has
unofficially passed the U.S.
[press release] to become the world's largest smartphone market.
China has long seen
much higher cell phone use
than the U.S. -- understandable given that China has 1.34 billion people, compared to the U.S.'s 0.31 billion residents. But until this year the U.S. was the world's biggest market for smartphones.
No more; the U.S. is now only the
biggest market. Strategy Analytics
23.9 million units (+58% versus Q2 2011) sold in China in Q3 2011, compared to 23.3 million units (-7% from Q2 2011) sold in the U.S. for the quarter.
Strategy Analytics researcher Tom Kang comments, "China's rapid growth has been driven by an increasing availability of smartphones in retail channels, aggressive subsidizing by operators of high-end models like the Apple iPhone, and an emerging wave of low-cost Android models from local Chinese brands such as ZTE."
In a sign of hope for Finnish-phonemaker Nokia Oyj. (
), the report indicates it to be the top seller of smartphones in China, with a 28.5% market share. Close behind was South Korea's Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) who owned 17.6% of the Chinese market.
Approximately 54% (12.9 million phones) of smartphones sold in China were sold by "Other" (the publicly available form of the report did not include a breakdown of this information).
China-based ZTE Corp.
) may have shipped between 4 and 5 million smartphones in Q2 2011, mostly to China.
was listed as another top domestic smartphone producer in China.
Apple, Inc.'s (
) iPhone may be
a bit further behind
, but it is fast gaining ground. Currently its being held back largely by the fact that its available exclusively on China Unicom, Ltd. (
), China's second largest network. China Unicom has about 170 million subscribers and primarily uses the GSM standard.
China Mobile, Ltd. (
) is much bigger with 600 million subscribers, almost all using CDMA devices. Apple is expected to soon launch
its (relatively) new CDMA iPhone
on China Mobile. The launch should greatly boost Apple's market share in the world's biggest smartphone market.
iPhones and iPads have become status symbols among Chinese youth, ones which some would
quite literally give an organ for
Strategy Analytics states that in the U.S. Taiwan's HTC Corp. (
) was king, with 24.0% of the market (5.6 million units), while Apple was in second with 20.6% (4.8 million units) of the market. Samsung was presumably close behind, although its sales might have been a bit lower due to a tardy U.S. rollout of its flagship Galaxy S II smartphone.
The publicly available tables (attractive formatting, courtesy of
) are seen below:
The report was authored by Linda Sui.
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Not a big surprise
11/23/2011 6:29:17 PM
I'm sure we'll be seeing many more headlines similar to this one. Only a matter of time until their GDP passes that of the U.S. But really, so what? I'm sure the wang wavers will have something to say on both sides but how does that affect me?
RE: Not a big surprise
11/24/2011 6:31:22 AM
A nation with 3 times our population, steadily approaching our GDP? I for one am happy -- time to do away with this 'US/us againt the World' bs and wake up to the world we live in.
RE: Not a big surprise
11/24/2011 2:37:14 PM
A world lead by the Chinese government is a very scary proposition.
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