According to research firm IDC, Huawei and ZTE took the No. 3 and No. 5 global smartphone spots, pushing out HTC and LG in global smartphone sales. Samsung and Apple continue to lead the global smartphone market by a large margin, but the two Chinese firms have increased sales in both their home and Western markets.
According to the IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 482.5 million mobile phones in 4Q12 compared to 473.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year, the global market for mobile phones grew 1.2% on shipments of more than 1.7 billion units.
Samsung said quarterly profit soared 76 percent, boosted by the popularity of its Galaxy smartphones, which outsold the iPhone for a fourth straight quarter.
Huawei shipped 10.8 million smartphones in the fourth quarter and captured 4.9 percent of the global smartphone market in the quarter, up from 5.7 million units and 3.5 percent in the year-ago period, according to IDC.
Sony drove its smartphone volumes higher throughout the year, introducing its Xperia TL last quarter and recently announced the addition of the Xperia Z and the Xperia ZL, to be launched in 1Q13.
ZTE maintained its spot among the Top 5 smartphone vendors globally thanks to continued international diversification efforts last quarter.