Canalys just published its final mobile phone shipment estimates, which show that although Samsung is still on top of the global smart phone market, three Chinese manufacturers-Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo-all climbed into the top five for the first time, thanks to domestic success as well as sales in overseas markets. Huawei took third place, which isn’t a surprise if you recollect IDC’s Q4 report on the global mobile phone market , which revealed last month that it sprang up into the top-three smartphone vendors in the world, a first for the company. ZTE slid into fourth place for the first time in Q4 2012, thanks to success in their home markets as well as sales in the U.S., where ZTE was fourth and Huawei fifth thanks to their product lineups of low-cost LTE smartphones. Though their market share is climbing in the U.S., ZTE and Huawei combined still took up less than 5 percent of the market share in an arena still dominated by Samsung and Apple. Sony fared less well, slipping out of the top five in Q4 as Lenovo, one of the fastest-growing smartphone vendors, moved in.
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