updated 03:12 am EDT, Tue May 28, 2013
Second China research report this month suggests 6.1M iOS sales
Samsung has sold more than 10 million smartphones in China within a single quarter for the first time, according to a research firm. The same report based on data from US research firm Strategy Analytics also claims that Apple resides in sixth place in the country's smartphone marketplace, one place below a similar report earlier this month that placed the iPhone in fifth place.
The figures from the Korea Herald claim that Samsung managed to sell 12.5 million smartphones between January and March, which represents an 18.5-percent market share and a 2.2-percent increase from the last quarter of 2012. Apple managed to sell 6.1 million units, putting it behind Huawei (8.1 million), Lenovo (7.9 million), Coolpad from YuLong and China Unicom (7 million), and ZTE (6.4 million) as well as Samsung. LG, said to be the third largest smartphone manufacturer, sold just 100,000 smartphones in China, giving it a 0.1-percent market share.
The earlier report using data from Canalys saw Apple and Samsung have far higher market shares compared to the the Strategy Analytics figures, putting the two companies at 8 percent and 20 percent respectively. The disparity between the two reports could be put down to the way that each analyst sources their data, along with how each interprets the results.