The world’s largest smartphone market China shipped 110 million cellphones in the second quarter of this year, of which the shipment of smartphones climbed 10% year-over-year to 86 million sets, according to research firm IDC (report in Chinese). China’s shipment of smartphones will continue to rally, hitting 360 million and 450 million in 2013 and 2014, respectively, according to IDC.

Triggered by the prospects of 4G network and expectations that China Mobile would carry iPhone, IDC predicted that Chinese shipment of smartphones will chalk up 540 million units by 2017.

In the second quarter of this year, the shipment of low-end smartphones boosted the market share of Lenovo and Coolpad, while that for iPhone slumped to 5% and No.6 in the reporting period due to the sluggish sales of iPhone5. However, iPhone is expected to regain the market share with launch of new versions, according to Yan Zhanmeng, analyst with IDC.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.