Chinese mobile handset makers Huawei and ZTE have climbed up in the smartphone sales chart crossing LG and HTC according to a sales report by IDC. The report on the smartphone sales for the Q4 2012 shows Huawei’s market share jumping by 89.5 percent over the year while ZTE’s share grew by 48.4 percent placing them among the world’s top five handset makers.
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Huawei is now ranked third among smartphone vendors with 10.8 million units shipped last quarter, while ZTE is placed at number five on the strength of 9.5 million quarterly shipments. Though these numbers are impressive, they still trail Samsung and Apple by a significant margin. Korea-based Samsung led IDC’s rankings with 63.7 million Q4 shipments last year, good for a 29 percent market share. Apple, meanwhile, saw its share jump by just 29.2 percent over the year, but still came in second last quarter, with 47.8 million shipments and a 21.8 percent market share. Rounding out the top five is fourth-place Sony, which shipped 9.8 million smartphones last quarter. Also Read - Indian mobile phone sales drop for the first time in 20 years
What is particularly impressive about these sales numbers earned by the Chinese mobile companies is that they have only recently shifted from making feature phones to smartphones and also struggled to break into the US market, which deems them a national security threat. Huawei in fact managed a 33 percent rise in their profits last year, which they announced earlier this week.