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HTC ranked China's No. 9 smartphone vendor

HTC ranked China's No. 9 smartphone vendor

Taipei, Aug. 26 (CNA) Taiwan's HTC Corp. remained a smaller player in the booming Chinese smartphone market, where consumers continued to favor local vendors rather than international brands, according to research firm IHS iSuppli. In the first half of 2012, China's smartphone shipments totaled 69.1 million units, with international brands jointly accounting for 46 percent of the market, IHS iSuppli said in a recent report. Meanwhile, South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. shipped 14.4 million smartphones to China during the first six months of the year, giving it a dominant 20.8 percent market share due to its successful approach in the country, including selling low-end phones at US$99. The other global brands among the top 10 vendors include Nokia Oyj of Finland in fifth place (9.1 percent), iPhone maker Apple Inc. in seventh place (7.5 percent), Google Inc.'s unit Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. in eighth place (3.5 percent) and Taiwan-based HTC in ninth place (3.2 percent). Lenovo Group and Coolpad were the two largest local Chinese manufacturers in the first half of this year, ranking second and third with 11.0 percent and 10.4 percent market share, respectively, according to IHS iSuppli. The other large Chinese smartphone manufacturers were Huawei Technologies Co. in fourth place with 9.8 percent market share, ZTE Corp. in sixth place with 8.4 percent and Goinee in 10th place with 1.6 percent, the research firm said. IHS iSuppli estimated that 160 million smartphones are expected to ship to the Chinese market by the end of this year, up 141 percent from 67 million units in 2011. Of the anticipated total for 2012, approximately 28 million smartphones will use TD-SCDMA, a unique standard in the Chinese market, according to the researcher. By 2016, China smartphone shipments will rise to 333 million, it added. (By Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-07-25 22:02 GMT+08:00