Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.

China Companies 3rd and 5th In Smartphones

Huawei is the world’s third largest smartphone supplier and its China-based compatriot ZTE is No.5, reports IDC.

Huawei doubled its smartphone shipments to 10.8m units in Q4, says IDC, taking a 4.9% world market share.


ZTE is not far behind Huawei shipping 9.5 million units for a market share of 4.3% and fifth place in the league table.


The success of the two China-based companies was because they went up-market, increased screen size and developed innovative applications, says IDC. Huawei has a 6 inch model called Ascend Mate.


Samsung continued at No.1 with 63.7 million smartphones and a market share of 29% (up from 22.5% in Q4 2011).


No.2 was Apple with 47.8 million phones shipped for a market share of 21.8% (down from 23% in Q4 2011).


Splitting the two Chinese companies by taking the fourth slot in the league table was Sony with 9.8 million units shipped and a market share of 4.5% (up from 6.3 million units and 3.9% share in Q4 2011).


Also-rans were LG, RIM and Nokia .


220 million smartphones were shipped in Q4 and 712 million smartphones in 2012.  For all types of phones nearly half a billion phones – 482 million – were shipped in Q4 and 1.7 billion in 2012.

Tags: 5 million, chinese companies, inch model, mate, samsung

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  1. David Manners
    January 29, 2013 14:31

    It was Sony, anon, sorry about that – a slip of the pen – thanks for pointing it uot I’ve corrected it on the post.

  2. anon
    January 29, 2013 13:23

    Who’s on fourth?

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