November 23rd, 2011
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Hong Kong (CNN) – China has surpassed the U.S. last quarter to become the world’s largest market for smartphones, according to a report by Strategy Analytics.

In the third quarter of this year, smartphone shipments were just shy of 24 million units, up 58%, according to the report released Wednesday. In the same quarter, smartphone units shipped in the U.S. fell 7% to 23.3 million units.

Nokia leads the smartphone market with a 28% share in China, followed by Samsung with a 17.6% share. HTC is the top maker in the U.S. with 24% market share, followed by Apple with just over 20%, according to the report. The U.S. still leads the world in smartphone sales by revenue, the authors of the report note.

Smartphones are the latest industry in which China’s huge population base and growing economic fortunes are leading sales that outstrip the U.S., the world’s number one economy. Auto sales in China surpassed the U.S. in 2009 for the first time, with 13.5 million sold compared to 10.4 million the same year in the U.S.

Beer sales in China passed the U.S. in 2002, while China passed the U.S. as the world’s top buyer of energy-related commodities – such as oil and coal – in 2009, according to the International Energy Agency.

China now has half a billion people online, according to the State Council Information Office, or nearly two-thirds more people using the internet than the entire population of the U.S.

Economists widely predict the Chinese economy will eventually eclipse the U.S. economy sometime in the next 20 years. In 2010, China’s GDP was about $5.9 trillion compared to the U.S., whose total economic output was $14.5 trillion.



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  1. NIXON KASASI

    Great news for China, but still they have a long way to go.
    China is known would wide to be the leading manufacturer of FAKE PHONES,
    which are really derailing our level of Economy. I'd wish to appeal to the
    Chinese that its a high time they style up and start manufacturing their own
    phone models. I realydislike most 'China-Made' phones for that reason.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  2. Julius

    @Nixon, actually Chinese manufacturers like ZTE, Huawei and Lenovo do manufacture their own models. Most made in China fake smartphones are actually bought by foreigners. Chinese consumers turn to buy the real stuff, which of course fattens the wallets of Apple, benefitting American companies. I think you are very misinformed.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  3. anonymous

    Why anyone is shocked about this is beyond me. China has over a billion people so ita no surprise that as they gain monetary wealth they would buy more. Hell even if individually they don't buy as much as the US citizenry does they still have the numbers in terms of population.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  4. bobbyi

    no matter what happened in china ,we comman worker are still poor in china ,iwe youngs can't buy a house , i earn just 1500dollars per month , but the price of house is 4000-8000 dollars per square meter in my living city , f you want to study chinese ,if you want to learn more about china ,pleease add my msn address :bobbyi_hust@hotmail.com

    November 23, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  5. bobbyi

    i have been worked in ZTE, NOW I worked in an antenna company , Now chinese enterprises play a predominant role in telecom communication, not just in price but also in the technology, maybe in the culture and management .

    November 23, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  6. Silas Mann

    Its seems the Chinese are buying and selling jus about everything. @Nixon you are misinformed my man – almost EVERYTHING is made in China these days. Cheap labour is great for the corrupt members of the party I see.

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    November 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  7. BombardierBob

    To bad the article didn't mention the majority of the smart phone sales are of knock offs to the iphone and androids.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  8. davidmd

    bobbyi: stop ur shameless lies, and stop pretending to be chinese, you are just a broke az poor american , one of 99% poor americans have their wealth grabbed by 1% human waste

    November 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  9. Rafael

    Many countries are seeing those types of economical and technological shifts. Brazil, for example, already has more telephone lines per person than the United States. Also, Brazil is the world's first in Internet service sign up per year. Countries like China, India, and Brazil are the best places today for many types of companies to invest, and that's because a large portion of their people (not everybody, but a lot) have been leaving poverty and entering the middle class. They are new consumers. They represent potential brand loyalty. That new middle class wants to know what's cool and they want to pay for it.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  10. baba

    in the future, china will become a huge consumer country, but there are still a lot of problem that need chinese government faces up to solve as air and water pollution etc....

    November 23, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  11. solomon

    Sure, lots of things are made in china...too bad, many things are manufactured from stolen patents and copyrights.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  12. Joe

    Soon, americans will be number 2 militarily. Then it will be funny.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  13. Kyle H. Davis

    Largest smartphone market.
    Largest automotive market.
    Second largest importer of luxury goods.
    Second largest economy.
    Largest trade surplus.

    Allowed to default on $6 Billion (1940's dollars) in Lend-Lease loans.

    Still accepts hundreds of millions in developmental aid from the US.
    Still accepts tens of billions of dollars in global aid every year.

    Yet the Yuan has only appreciated $0.30 over the past 30 years.

    When is the rest of the world going to wake up and realize that China is nothing more than a spoiled ADULT child, sucking off the teat of its parents?

    November 23, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  14. Kyle H. Davis

    Joe – That will be a long time in the future. Sure, China might have the largest standing army, but as for training, equipment, experience and mentality.... they are centuries behind. Believe me, after being here a decade, I'm not in the least bit worried. All the reports that keep popping up are nothing more than scare tactics and propaganda by both the US and China.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  15. bobbyi

    Davidmd:You are a real ignorant idiot, I am a native Chinese ,born in Macheng City, Hubei province ,graduated from Huazhong University of Science and Technology , now I work in Shenzhen city ,Guangdong province, I had been worked in ZTE from 2008 to 2010, now I work in Mobi- antennas technology co.ltd. here is a traditional Chinese proverb for you: 水至清则无鱼,人至贱则无敌.the last sentence belongs to you .

    November 24, 2011 at 12:51 am |
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