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G'Five Beating Apple, HTC, RIM In Global Mobile Race

One detail in the list of the biggest mobile companies in the world published earlier today by Gartner piqued our curiosity, the presence at number ten of a mobile phone company we've never heard before.

G'Five sold more than five million (opens in new tab) mobile phones in the world in the second quarter of 2010 and surpassed all other mobile phone manufacturers when it comes to rate of growth.

Not surprising, given that the G'Five only managed to shift significant amount of handsets less than one year ago. So fast was the rise that Gartner doesn't seem to know how much mobiles it sold last year.

The Chinese company, which was only launched in 2003, is battling with ZTE and Taiwan-based HTC to see who will sell the most units.

G'Five is mostly present in emerging countries and claims to have tens of factories and assembly lines in China and has launched more than 300 handsets.

Many of them boosts familiar designs (like the Sony Ericsson K660, Nokia E71 or the Blackberry Curve) but sport unfamiliar features like dual SIM, dual batteries and mobile TV.

Indeed, we suspect that many lookalike smartphones on sale on Ebay and countless online retailers (Alibaba, Dealextreme) are actually manufactured by G'Five.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.