China smartphone shipments hit 118M

Country sees spike in smartphone uptake in 2011 with device shipments showing year-on-year growth of 175 percent, report states.

China experienced a surge in smartphone shipment in 2011, showing a 175 percent spike from the year before, according to a report.

China Daily reported on Tuesday that the Asian economic giant chalked up another milestone when its smartphone industry hit its shipment record when 118 million devices were shipped in 2011, according to the figures released by China Academy of Telecommunication Research--the department within the country's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

This represented a 175 percent year-on-year increase, and was more than the combined number of smartphones sold in the country up to end-2010, it added.

China was earlier identified by IDC as one of the top smartphone markets that will drive global shipments. The research firm stated that the country will overtake United States to take over the lead in smartphone shipments in 2012, while India and Brazil will also make the top five list by 2016.