According to our Country Share Tracker (CST) service -- in a newly published report called China Smartphone Vendor and OS Marketshare : Q3 2013 -- China smartphone shipments surged a huge +91% YoY to record levels in Q3 2013.
China maintained its position as the largest smartphone market worldwide since Q3 2011. Today, smartphone shipments account for 86% of total handset volumes in China, up from 59% one year ago.
Samsung remained in first place in China, while Lenovo and Coolpad maintained second and third positions.
Xiaomi was the star performer in Q3 2013, pushing into the top-5 list in China for the first time since Xiaomi began operations in 2011. Strong performances in e-commerce channels, and the launch of the more-affordable Hongmi phone, were the key drivers behind its surging volumes. More analysis on Xiaomi and China smartphones can be downloaded by clients here.