Apple's share in China's smartphone market leapt in October, making the iPhone maker the third-largest smartphone player in the mainland, according to Counterpoint Research - a technology market research firm.
The company's market share rose to 12 percent in October, quadrupling from 3 percent in the previous month, helped by strong sales of the iPhone 5S, data based on sales by major mass retailers and distributors, showed.
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Rising from sixth place in September, the iPhone maker now ranks right below Samsung and Lenovo, which hold the number one and two spots, respectively. Meanwhile, Coolpad, Huawei and ZTE, ranked in fourth, fifth and sixth position, respectively, with a market share of under 10 percent.
"The iPhone 5s didn't attract long queues outside Apple retails stores [in China] as the iPhone 4s did [a] couple of years ago but it definitely was more successful compared to [the] iPhone 5," Tom Kang, director at Counterpoint wrote in a note.