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Samsung beats Apple and Lenovo for smartphone sales in China

Apple faces increased pressure in the all-important Chinese market as rival Samsung triples its smartphone sales

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Samsung tripled its smartphone sales in China during 2013, taking the top spot above native manufacturer Lenovo and Apple. According to The Next Web, the South Korean giant sold 30.06 million devices in the all-important Chinese market, giving them a 17.7% market share.

Trailing behind, Chinese manufacturer Lenovo came in with a 13.2% share and Apple, in third place, with 11%. The Chinese market is becoming more and more important for Apple who has opened a number of new stores in the country and introduced payment installment plans to make its devices more affordable.

The biggest loss, however, went to Nokia who dropped from having the top spot for Chinese smartphone sales in 2011 to seventh place in 2012 with a 3.7% market share.

Industry insiders have put Samsung’s gains down to their ability to work closely with Chinese carriers and a growing brand recognition for their range of smartphones and tablets.