Samsung takes the lead in Chinese smartphone market

Samsung became the biggest smartphone vendor in China last year, according to a leaded report from Strategy Analytics first reported by South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency (and followed up here by Forbes). The Korean manufacturer nearly tripled its sales in China last year, hawking 30 million smartphones to claim a 17.7 percent share of the market.
Samsung’s ascent comes just four years after it entered the Chinese market, but it isn’t all that surprising considering the company has become the largest worldwide vendor of both smartphones and overall mobile devices. But it’s worth noting that Samsung outsold the Chinese tech firm Lenovo, which ranked a close second, as well as Chinese manufacturers Huawei and Coolpad. That’s impressive because the Chinese mobile market can be very tough on outsiders. And it illustrates that Samsung is very well positioned as smartphone penetration continues to surge over the next few years in the world’s biggest mobile market.