Device sales triple year-on-year.
New data from Strategy Analytics (via Yonhap News) shows that South Korean OEM Samsung has topped the Chinese smartphone market in 2012, which is said to be the first time it's led the region since it started selling devices in 2009.
The company sold 10.9 million units in China in 2011, while sales rose threefold to 30.06m – 17.7 per cent – last year. Former leader Nokia, however, fell from 29.9 per cent in 2011 to just 3.7 per cent last year, and now sits in seventh place.
Samsung's surge comes as the company continues to be a key player in the global smartphone market to achieve brand recognition, while it's secured partnerships with a number of Chinese networks.
Meanwhile, local vendor Lenovo is number two with 13.2 per cent, up from four per cent in 2011, while Apple is third with 11 per cent, Huawei in fourth with 9.9 per cent and Coolpad 9.7 per cent in fifth.