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China is a very important market for smartphone makers and mobile software developers with its vast cellphone user base. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology reported that there are nearly 1.1 billion cellphone subscribers as of October.

Moре importantly, according to a report by Analysys International, 9 out of 10 smartphones purchased in Q3 2012 was running Android. Apple’s iOS had 4.2% market share, while Symbian accounted for 2.4% of all purchases.

Part of the reason Android devices are so popular in China might be their aggressive pricing. The average price of an Android device for Q3 2012 was approximately $223 USD (CNY 1,393) compared to the average of $726 (CNY 4,523) that iOS devices cost. Symbian devices are the cheapest of the bunch, retailing for an average $178 (CNY 1,114) per device.

It’s quite astonishing that 80.6% of the country’s population is using a cellphone, resulting in 71.83 billion text messages sent in October alone. Overall, the usage of feature phones is declining and during Q3, just 63.73 million “dumbphones” were sold, a 4.1% decline from September, and 7.5% year-over-year.

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The new iPad and iPad mini, announced in Q3 of this year, haven’t even launched in China but Apple is still dominating the tablet market there. According to the statistics every 3 out of 4 tablets sold there as being made by Apple.

This bodes well for Apple in China – particularly for its tablet division – where year-on-year sales of tablets have increased by more than 60%.

This is coupled with the fact that since Q2, the quarterly growth of the tablet market has gone up by 11%.

Second place is occupied by China’s own Lenovo at just over 10%, with no other manufacturer grabbing more than 4% of the pie.

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Today Apple announced the China launch details for its latest iOS-based gadgets – the iPhone 5, the iPad mini and the 4th generation iPad. The iPad 2 will be also available for purchase.

The Wi-Fi versions of the three slates hit the shelves on December 7, while the iPhone 5 sales kick off a week later – on December 16. There is no info on the availability of cellular iPad models.

All devices will cost the same as their US siblings. They will be sold via the Apple Online Store, the Authorized Retailers and Apple’s Retail Stores. The latter will start taking reservations for pickups a day earlier before the launch.

With China being the biggest market in the world and the iPhone 5, we expect smashing sales and record-breaking numbers in Apple’s Q4 financial results.

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There seems to be no shortage of decent Android phones at impressively low prices in China made by local companies. Today, Huawei announced the T8830, a dual-core ICS droid for $104.

As you can imagine, the specs are nothing earth-shattering, but they actually sound pretty good, considering that we’re talking about featurephone-like pricing. The Huawei T8830 packs a 4″ WVGA screen with Gorilla Glass, dual-core Mediatek MT6517 chipset, 512MB RAM and a 3.2MP camera. It’s running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.

Not too bad, but small local brands are providing tough competition, promising a gig of RAM, 8MP camera and Jelly Bean at a $100 price point. As with other such phones, the Huawei T8830 and its competitors are tough to get outside of China, though.

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Samsung managed to snag the top smartphone maker spot in China, but Gartner is predicting it will soon lose it to Lenovo. As of Q3, Samsung held 16.7% of the market while Lenovo was close behind with 14.8% (Canalys reports slightly different numbers – 14% for Samsung and 13% for Lenovo).

Lenovo’s growth hasn’t been slow – during the same period last year they held only 1.7% of the market. “The brand is positioned at the mid-to-lower end which will drive much of its future growth, and this is where global brands are less competitive,” says Gartner.

The analyst company believes that the established PC maker is the only brand that can capable of competing with global brands in the local Chinese market (though according to Canalys, the other three companies in the Top 5 smartphone maker list are Chinese). Apple had a 6.9% share in Q3.