China made 1.2B mobile phones in 2012

China made 1.2B mobile phones in 2012

Summary: Mobile phones production in China jumped 4.3 percent from previous year, lifted by growth in local 3G and mobile Internet users; accounting for more than half of sales worldwide.

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Chinese mobile phones production jumped 4.3 percent from previous year, lifted by growth in local 3G and mobile Internet users.

China produced 1.18 billion mobile phones in 2012, accounting for more than 50 percent of mobile phone sales worldwide.

According to Sina Tech on Wednesday, citing figures from the country's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), this figure represents a year-on-year growth of 4.3 percent, and an increase from 1.095 billion units as of October 2012.

It was also found as of the end of 2012, there was a net increase of 104.38 million 3G users in China, with the net increase exceeding the 100 million mark for the first time.

The country's domestic Internet penetration rate also hit 42.1 percent, an increase of 3.8 percentage points compared to the previous year. Mobile Internet users accounted for 74.5 percent of the total number of Internet users, also a 3.8 percentage points increase.

Along with the sale of other electronics, China's electronics manufacturing industry booked 8.5 trillion yuan (US$1.3 trillion) in revenue. In addition to the mobile phones, China also produced 350 million computers 130 million TVs and more than 82 billion integrated circuits.

Topics: Mobility, Smartphones, China

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