2015 has been a tough year for smartphone vendors in China, with an economic slowdown taking its toll of country-wide sales. However some vendors have been more successful than others.

Huawei reached one of its major milestones this quarter, shipping 100 million units in 2015, becoming the first Chinese vendor to do so, according to research firm TrendForce. Given the current climate for phone sales in China, meeting goals is a quite an achievement. Some of the biggest contenders in the industry have been forced to lower expectations.

Samsung held tight to their top spot in global smartphone rankings, accounting for 25% of total shipments in Q3. However their global shipments are expected to decline a percentage point in 2015 to 324 million units, while rival Apple will see a 16% boost, shipping 223.7 million.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com