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IDC: China smartphone shipments to reach 450 million by next year

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 24 Sep 2013 22:19

IDC: China smartphone shipments to reach 450 million by next year According to research firm IDC, the Chinese smartphone market will likely reach over 450 million units shipped in 2014.
The major increase will be driven by new government issued 4G licenses, and the oft-rumored addition of the iPhone to China Mobile, which has over 700 million subscribers, more than most of the world combined.

For this year, IDC says 120 million 4G-enabled smartphones will ship, with total shipments reaching 360 million.

Samsung remains the leader in the country, with 18.5 percent market share, followed by Lenovo at 9.8 percent. Apple was in sixth place, but is expected to gain a decent percent of share following the release of their iPhone 5C and 5S this week.

Apple has declined to provide sales figures for China for the new devices, so far.

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