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Apple is expected to rebound with the iPhone 5 launch

Apple's position in the Chinese smartphone market was bumped from No. 4 to No. 6 in the third quarter as China-based brands fire up the competition.

Apple, which previously held the No. 4 spot in the Chinese mobile phone market, slipped to No. 6 in Q3 due to its low number of shipments, according to research firm IDC. Out of China's 60 million mobile phone shipments in Q3, Apple's iPhone accounted for less than 10 percent.

China is the world's largest cell phone market with over one billion mobile subscribers at present. Chinese electronics brands have been pushing sales harder with better prices and enhanced features.

Another issue is that less than one-fifth of the one billion subscribers still use the 3G network, according to Reuters. Apple's iPhone 4S and previous do not have 4G compatibility, so other options in the market likely looked a lot more attractive.

However, IDC expects Apple's position to jump back up after the release of the iPhone 5 in December. The iPhone 5 was released in the U.S. back in September, but Chinese residents had to wait on regulatory approval to have the device sold in the country. Now that Apple has that approval, the iPhone 5 will make its way to the mobile market in China this month.

The iPhone 5 finally has 4G compatibility and a larger screen at nearly 4 inches. These and other new features should make the newest addition to the iPhone family a competitive threat in the Chinese mobile market.

The ranking of electronics manufacturers in China's mobile market is as follows, from first to sixth place: Samsung, Lenovo, Coolpad, ZTE Corp., Huawei Technologies Co. and Apple.

Source: Reuters

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RE: Ehhh
By themaster08 on 12/7/2012 2:15:27 AM , Rating: 4
I agree.

Personally, I'm impressed by the weight and how thin the iPhone 5 is, but other than that, I think it's damn ugly. It just looks too long. It needs some additional width.

RE: Ehhh
By Nortel on 12/7/12, Rating: -1
RE: Ehhh
By Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer on 12/7/2012 10:34:32 AM , Rating: 5
{pats my Note 2 reassuringly}

Don't worry, Note 2, you're not disgusting at all. Nortel is just a stupid, prejudiced Apple troll so blinded by his brand loyalty that he can't recognize genuine innovation when he sees it. He'll still be using a tiny phone with a tiny screen that his tiny hands can manipulate while the rest of the world moves on (and you know what they say about men with small hands...).

RE: Ehhh
By Nutzo on 12/7/2012 11:23:33 AM , Rating: 2
I have no problem using my S3 with one hand, so what does that mean :)

RE: Ehhh
By nafhan on 12/7/2012 1:18:10 PM , Rating: 2
I second the one handed S3 usage: it's not an issue for me (and I have average to small hands). My observation over the past couple months: I recently got a Razr M (comparable size and res. to the iPhone 5) that I'm generally happy with, but I feel a little jealous every time I use my wife's S3. I'm sold on the bigger screens.

The Note 2... I have limited experience with it, but what I have seen adds some credence to the old joke about the iPad just being an oversized phone. A big phone works fairly well as a tablet - with the added bonuses of being (almost?) pocketable and not needing two devices.

RE: Ehhh
By W00dmann on 12/7/2012 3:35:34 PM , Rating: 2
Even I bought a Note 2. I've certainly enjoyed using the iPhone over the past 3-4 years, but their latest iPhone 5 just doesn't excite me. Decided to give Android a try.

RE: Ehhh
By Cheesew1z69 on 12/7/2012 10:37:35 AM , Rating: 2
I'll enjoy my S3, you can continue to enjoy your sad, pathetic Apple life.

RE: Ehhh
By jtesoro on 12/7/12, Rating: 0
RE: Ehhh
By faust_67 on 12/7/2012 1:01:33 PM , Rating: 1
Well bigger smartphone screens is bad...until Apple releases a similar product. then he will have not enough words to praise Apple's "innovation". Hypocrite.

RE: Ehhh
By Rukkian on 12/7/2012 4:51:37 PM , Rating: 2
And patent the use of screens larger than 4" cause they innovated and came up with the idea.

RE: Ehhh
By Cheesew1z69 on 12/7/2012 4:53:55 PM , Rating: 2
Come on man! They "invented" it, not "innovated"... Don't you know? Apple invents everything!

RE: Ehhh
By graynote on 12/7/2012 10:06:29 PM , Rating: 2
Holding it with one hand I can reach the entire screen with my thumb. The GS3 and the disgusting note II are so large, they cannot be used with one hand comfortably

Hands just a tad too small, eh?

You know, there's a saying about that..

“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls

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