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Chinese Smartphone Maker Passes Apple Globally, Targets U.S.

Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE jumped ahead of Apple worldwide last year, according to IDG. ZTE doubled its shipped products in the fourth quarter of 2011 over the third and increased year-over-year by almost 60%. They now own just under 5% of global market share.

Now, ZTE has announced an anticipating doubling of its sales over the next year, with the United States becoming its primary market by 2015, according to Bloomberg.

ZTE, which is China’s second-largest handset maker, believes its growth will also rise precipitously in Europe, Japan and Brazil.

It was only last year, according to PO’s Rick Martin, that ZTE released its first handset to the American market, the ZTE Score, in partnership with Cricket.

The growth claims seem startling, but given ZTE’s progress over the last year, they do not seem out of the realm of possibility.

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