Huawei third largest smartphone vendor for first time

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The Chinese manufacturer has increased its smartphone shipments by 89.5 per cent year-on-year to beat Sony and Nokia to third place

Huawei was the third largest smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter of 2012, the Chinese manufacturer’s highest ever ranking.

The company shipped 10.4 million smartphones in Q4 of last year, achieving a 4.9 per cent market share. It was beaten in shipments only by Samsung and Apple, who hold 29 per cent and 21.8 per cent of the smartphone market respectively.

This is the first time Huawei is a top three player, having increased its smartphone shipments by 89.5 per cent year-on-year.

It overtakes Sony and ZTE, who held 4.5 per cent and 4.3 per cent of the smartphone market respectively.

Looking at all mobiles, however, Huawei comes fifth. Samsung leads, shipping 111.2 million (23 per cent market share) mobile phones in Q4, while Nokia comes second with 86.3 million shipments and 17.9 per cent of the total mobile market.

Research in Motion (RIM) was absent from the Q4 list of leaders but was fifth largest smartphone vendor for 2012. Over the year the BlackBerry maker shipped 32.5 million shipments and held 6 per cent of the market.

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