China's smartphone shipments are forecast to rise rapidly to 460 million by 2017, according to research firm IDC.
Smartphones have already made up more than 58 percent of all total mobile phones sold in the country, which has a booming cellular population of more than 1 billion subscribers. By the end of this year, that figure will grow to 78 percent, and rise again to 90 percent in 2017.
Between Samsung and Apple, and China-based ZTE, Huawei and Lenovo, around 213 million smartphones were sold in the country. That's more than double their total shipments a year earlier in 2011, according to IDC (Chinese).
However, it remains unclear in which order the companies were ranked in by smartphone and mobile phone sales.
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