Apple out of top five in Chinese smartphone sales

Apple out of top five in Chinese smartphone sales
In the Q3, Apple fell out of China's top five smartphone market, thanks mainly to local handset makers.

According to the figures from Canalys, Apple was 5th last quarter and 2nd in the quarter before it.

Samsung remained in first with 14 percent of total smartphone shipments, followed by Lenovo with 13 percent. Yulong Computer Telecommunication Scientific took third with the popularity of their "Coolpad" smartphones in the nation. Most of the company's phones sell for under $100 unlocked, making them huge bargains.

ZTE and Huawei practically tied for fourth, with both seeing 10 percent share. Apple fell to sixth with 8 percent share.

Says one Chinese analyst: "(The Chinese vendors) are selling their devices at a very low price that can attract first-time smartphone users. Apple's iPhone is still very expensive and it kind of limits their expansion in the country, when the target audience of where the growth is coming from is at the low-end."

Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 8 Nov 2012 14:05
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