Apple Has 19 Per Cent Of The Chinese Smartphone Market

The latest reports on China's smartphone market show no changes in the top of the hierarchy, as Samsung still leads and Apple is in second place with other competitors lagging far behind.

The sales figures show the dynamics behind the situation. In the first quarter of this year, Samsung accounted for 28 per cent of the Chinese smartphone market, 4 per cent more compared to the previous quarter.

The South Korean tech giant has sold 9 million smartphones to Chinese customers, up from 6.7 million units in the October - December quarter. Although still behind rival Samsung, Apple managed to leap from an 8 per cent market share at the end of 2011, to 19 per cent share in the first quarter of this year.

The iPhone sales jumped from 2.1 million to 6.2 million units, according to estimates from Woori Investment. It is worth noting that during this time, Apple has signed deals with important carriers like China Telecom and China Unicom.

If previous reports are confirmed and China Mobile gets the iPhone, Apple's iPhone sales in China could amount to 35 million handsets.