China is without a doubt a very lucrative market, the country is not only catered to by behemoths such as Apple, Samsung, LG etc, it also has a number of local companies that release cheap Android smartphones. Whenever we talk about statistics related to the global smartphone market, its always a question of where Samsung outsold Apple or vice versa. According to a new report by Yonhap News of Korea, Samsung absolutely smoked Apple in terms of smartphone shipments to China. The Korean giant reportedly shipped a staggering 15.3 million units in the months of April, May and June 2013, as opposed to Apple which only shipped some 3.4 million units.
In Q2, 2013 it is said that almost 78.8 million smartphones were sold in China. Samsung effectively clinched 20 percent of the Chinese market, Apple took 4.3 percent. The Cupertino based company was outsold by local companies such as Xiaomi, Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE and Coolpad. It has been rumored time and again that Apple wants to increase its dominance in China. One of the reasons behind the company’s low cost iPhone is said to be establishing a footing in the mid-range smartphone market, which is particularly dominant in Asia. Moreover, it was recently reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook visited China and met with local carriers, even China Mobile which is the world’s largest mobile carrier and does not officially sell Apple devices right now. The visit ahead of an anticipated launch of new iPhones next month hints that Apple definitely has its sights set on China.