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Smartphone shipments from China to rise 27%

Staff writer |
Shipments of smartphones from China are expected to continue rising in 2014, after increasing 62.4% to 314 million units last year, according to a Taiwanese research institute.

Driven by the promotion of the 4G Long-Term Evolution network, China's smartphone shipments are expected to reach 400 million units this year, up 27.38% from a year earlier, Digitimes Research said.

More than 30% of the 400 million units will be shipped overseas, mainly to emerging markets, such as Southeast Asian countries and India, the research institute predicted.

Since June, phonemakers and telecom operators in China have provided more subsidies on 4G smartphones, to boost the number of new 4G network users in the country, which only totals 8 million people, far lower than expected, the research note said.

With more subsidies and new models available, the demand for new smartphones will be stronger, Digitimes Research said.

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