The Chinese smartphone market is expected to take off in 2012 as prices fall and 3G coverage spreads.
China to sell 430 million smartphones in 2012
The Chinese smartphone market is starting to reflect the rest of the developed world, with an unhealthy duopoly forming.
The Chinese market sold 390 million mobile phones in 2011. This is expected to rise by 9% to 430 million units, according to Digitimes Research.
The smartphone market accounted for 32%, or 143 million units, 70% of which were Android handsets.
The China handset market has exhibited strong growth due to falling smartphone prices and increased 3G coverage. The total number of mobile users in the country has now reached 980 million people according to figures from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). This is an increase of 130 million over the 2010 figure.
Digitimes Research estimates that mobile user numbers could top 1.13 billion in 2012.
Samsung and Apple will take the top two places, nearly doubling their sales. The big four China-based brands - Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo and Coolpad - will take third to sixth places, while Nokia collapses from first to seventh. These seven firms will collectively account for 85% of shipments.