Just recently, Samsung was declared the smartphone market leader in China in what concerns the last year. Apple’s rival has reportedly suggested that it has broken records by shipping 12.5 million handsets only in the first quarter of 2012, which is more than double, compared to Apple’s iPhone.
The market research firm Strategy suggested the fact that Samsung broke the smartphone sales records in the Chinese smartphone market during the first quarter, by selling around 12.5 million handsets while the Cupertino-based company sold only 6.1 million units.
During the last year, Samsung experienced a 2.2 percent growth with each quarter, leaving the Korean-based company with 18.5 percent of all sales for the January-March period. Despite Samsung’s increased sales in 2012, this is the first time when the company manages to sell more than 10 million units in a single quarter.
With only 6.1 million of units sold in the first quarter in China, Apple did not manage to reach not even the fifth place. Second place through fifth place went to Chinese companies such as Huawei, which sold 8.1 million, and Lenovo, which sold 7.9 million units. The fourth and fifth place went to Coolpad and ZTE, which managed to sell a respectively 7 million and 6.4 million units.
The Cupertino-Based company managed to reach the sixth place with only 6.1 million iPhone sold during the first quarter. On the last position of the top, LG landed with only 100,000 units sold which means only 0.1 percent share of the Chinese market.
As a general number, Chinese customers purchased 67.4 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2013, starting in January and ending in March. This number accounts for about 32 percent of all worldwide handset sales in Q1.
However, it is worth mentioning the fact that there is a huge difference between units sold and units shipped. Canalys, the research company, managed to make a report concerning the number of units shipped within the first quarter. In this way, the smartphone shipments came out to 82 million units while Samsung holds 20 percent of the market, a 2.3 percent increase compared to the previous quarter.
Both Samsung and Apple managed to become the only two foreign companies to earn valuable spots on China’s top ten smartphone manufacturer list for the first quarter.
Despite the fact that these numbers are not pretty specific, it is worth clearing the fact that China has become the world’s largest smartphone market getting a valuable position in the smartphone distribution.