Cao Shumin, director of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's (MIIT) China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR), said recently that between Q1-Q3 this year, 340 new smartphone models were released on the China market, up 100% YoY. Cao said that smartphones held 10% of the total handset market during the same period, adding that 80% of domestically produced smartphones sold were Android-based.
Domestic smartphone production grew rapidly between Q1-Q3 2011 to reach 70 mln units, or 22% of all new handsets, nearly double that for the first nine months of 2010. Cao said that China's domestic tablet market is still in its early stages, but that currently there are about 20 models that combined for total production of approximately 1 mln units over the first nine months of 2011.
Of the current number of 120 smartphone manufacturers in China, 84 build Android smartphones and 50 develop smartphones with the Windows Phone mobile OS, while 17 develop OPhones and 6 manufacture Symbian smartphones.