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Gartner: Samsung has 3X Apple's smartphone share in China

updated 11:20 pm EDT, Sun March 11, 2012

Samsung has 24pc of China sartphones

Gartner on Sunday revealed the extent to which Apple's share of China's smartphones trailed others. Although Apple leads worldwide, it sat at 7.5 percent, or fifth place, in China's sphere. Samsung, in the lead at 24.3 percent, had over three times as much share.

The gap was twice as big as it was during the summer, Gartner said. Some of the distance would have come from Apple's own timing. With the Chinese launch not happening until early 2012, Apple's sales in the country would have been depressed where they were surging in every country where the iPhone 4S had shipped.

Such a wide gap nonetheless illustrated differences in attitudes from Apple and Samsung towards the Chinese market. Although Apple has been enthusiastic about the Chinese market, its reluctance to produce a singular variant to support China Mobile's TD-SCDMA 3G network has given Samsung, as well as locals like Huawei, Lenovo, and ZTE, free rein to thrive on the world's largest cellular carrier. Apple has so far been on second-place China Unicom and just added China Telecom, which at third place won't have as much impact.

Apple has shown interest in closing the carrier gap, but it's waiting on China Mobile to adopt LTE to provide a common platform for 4G. As many as 15 million unofficial users exist on the network, but without native 3G support are likely a far smaller group than they would be with official carrier sales. Samsung's willingness to cater to as many subsets of the market possible and create China Mobile-specific phones may keep it in front for the near future. [via Bloomberg]

by MacNN Staff



  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    China also has ten times the...

    Counterfeit iPhone than ALL SAMESONG products and Apple products combined.

  1. fjose1929

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gartner baloney


    Gartner is pulling all the stops. How can you trust them at all given the following.

    Gartner claims Samsung sold 36 million smartphones in the December quarter. Smartphones, not feature phones, ASP isat least 500 USD . This equates to 18 billion USD. Samsung reported 16 billion USD in revenues for their mobile division. This includes feature phones, smartphones, mobile devices and mobile networking equipment.

    I say they are doing everything to stop the price per share appreciation of apple.

    Already, you have these cretins pushing the envelop farther. They are now attacking Cook'personality. Anything to justify manipulation of apple's stock.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They are pushing

    a one-size-fits all condom.

  1. macnnoel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    it's an idiotic comparison for sure

    so sad...

  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Well done...

    Google helping US competitors to compete against US firms.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The few the proud, the iOS!

    your comment

  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Awhile back you made a comment that made sense and was truthful. Was that a mistake or are you on the internet's longest bullish*t spree? Please. Japan (as you are technically referencing) has chosen the iPhone as their most popular device.

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