Sales of smartphones in China grew 32 per cent on year to 15 million units in the first half of 2008, according to data released from China-based CCID Consulting.

The analysts said Symbian-based models accounted for over 70 per cent of smartphones sold in the China during the January-June period, followed by Linux-based smartphones with a 15 per cent share and Windows Mobile-based models with a 10 per cent share.

Nokia saw its shipments of Symbian-based smartphones in China surge over 40 per cent on year to more than 10 million units in the first six months, according the CCID, and the company alone took up a 68.5 per cent share in the smartphone segment.

Motorola, which focuses on Linux smartphones, was ranked the second largest smartphone vendor in China in the first half with a 15-16 per cent market share, CCID added.

Dopod International and Amoi Electronics, the two major vendors of Windows Mobile-based smartphones, each took a less than 5 per cent share.

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