Consumer electronics giant Samsung has reported set a new record for smartphone sales in China.
The company shipped 12.5 million handsets in the first quarter of 2013, which effectively doubled sales of Apple’s iPhone (6.1 million units shipped).
Market research firm Strategy Analytics notes that this feat established a smartphone sales record inside of the world’s largest mobile community during Q1 2013.
Not surprisingly, the South Korean company witnessed its share of the Chinese smartphone market expand by 2.2% quarter-on-quarter, leaving the Korean company with 18.5% of all sales for the three month period ending in March 2013.
All told, this is the first quarter that Samsung has sold over 10 million smartphones in China.
Following Samsung, second through fifth places in top smartphone shipments were held by Chinese companies Huawei, Lenovo, Coolpad and ZTE, respectively. Apple finished in sixth place during the first quarter.