Chinese manufacturer ZTE has hailed its arrival into the ranks of the top five smartphone manufacturers, following the news that it shipped 8 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2012. This, the ZTE says, makes it the fifth-largest smartphone manufacturer in terms of units shipped. In terms of overall (smartphone and dumbphone) shipments, the company maintained its place as the fourth-largest mobile phone vendor.
ZTE says its worldwide market share was 0.5 percent behind HTC and 1.4 percent behind Nokia, which would place it at a 5.2 percent overall.
Though still relatively unknown in the West, ZTE is a big deal in its native China, where its sales are strongest. Recently the company has renewed its efforts to break into the European and North American market with devices like the ZTE Grand X, which was recently released in the UK. However, it's been dogged in recent months by a fall in its stock price, and an FBI investigation into its dealings with Iran.
Do you own a ZTE Android phone, or are you thinking of picking up something like the Grand X? Let us know what you think in the comments.
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i think ZTE is a sleeper. i think ZTE is really going to start to eat some of HTC's lunch and cause them further headaches in terms of market share. HTC better start innovating again. do you hear me Chou?????????????
Please never buy a zte phone, this company, like many other big Chinese corporations, has a strong tie to the Chinese government, supporting zte is good for the Chinese government and bad for the general Chinese people .
What about buying other smart phones and the majority of other electrical goods which are made in China?
Yes, buy phone from companies that ship jobs to china, yet dont by a phone made by a Chinese company in their own country?
I don't want to make any accusations against ZTE and ZTE U.S.A.,
so I"m just going to ask anyone reading this to find out what the
FBI and the Dept of Justice think of ZTE.... "ZTE in FBI probe for allegedly selling spy kit to Iran"
News article from ZDNet.
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