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 March 20, 2012 01:25 PM

Samsung's smartphone market share in China is more than triple Apple's.

The iPhone may be the number one selling smartphone around the world.

But in China, there's a different story afoot.

As Bloomberg reported earlier this week, Samsung's (OTC: SSNLF.PK) smartphone market share in China is more than triple Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) share…

China's Smartphone Market

Today, China leads the world in terms of mobile phone subscriptions. It hit the one-billion mark on March 3:

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(Source: The Economist)

Of these mobile users, analysts say 137 million will own smartphones by the end of this year. That's a 52% jump from last year.

As BGR states, this means for the first time ever, China will overtake the United States as the world's largest smartphone market this year.

Right now, Samsung controls 24.3% of China's smartphone market. Apple only claims 7.5%. And with the late launch of Apple's iPhone in January, Gartner expects Apple's market presence to dip even further in China.

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This is all good news for Samsung.

Over the past year, its stock has popped over 80%, thanks in part to its enormous success in China. Samsung also reported record profits in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Shares could easily enjoy a nice run-up this year, too, as smartphone sales continue surging in China and all over the world. Samsung predicts 30% growth worldwide for smartphone sales overall.

And that's not all.

Supplying Apple

Samsung is the world's leading maker of flat panels, flat-screen televisions and memory chips.

Despite being in direct competition, Samsung will supply Apple with flat panel touch-screens for its newest iPad.

The new iPad displays, according to Bloomberg, have four times as many pixels as the previous version and could cost Apple twice as much to buy.

The company also already supplies mobile processors to power Apple's iPads and iPhones. And it's certainly going to enjoy taking even more money away from Apple.

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