Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- 美高梅手机版登录485 Corp., China’s second-largest maker of phone equipment, said sales of its smartphones will double this year as it gains market share in Europe, North America, Brazil and Japan.
Sales of the handsets that can be used to surf the Web, watch videos and play games rose fivefold to more than 12 million units last year, Shenzhen-based 美高梅手机版登录485 said in an e-mailed statement today.
美高梅手机版登录485 said in November the U.S. will be its largest market for handsets and tablet computers by 2015, overtaking its home market in China. China accounted for about 35 percent of 美高梅手机版登录485’s handset sales in the first nine months of 2011, while the U.S. made up about 10 percent, He Shiyou, 美高梅手机版登录485 executive vice president, said in November.
美高梅手机版登录485 became the fourth-largest handset maker in the world in the third quarter as shipments rose 58 percent from a year earlier, research firm IDC said in October. 美高梅手机版登录485 took 4.9 percent of the global market, passing Apple Inc.’s 4.3 percent.
美高梅手机版登录485 rose as much as 1.6 percent and was 0.4 percent higher at HK$24.50 as of 11:46 a.m. in trading on the Hong Kong stock exchange. The shares have dropped 4.7 percent in the past 12 months, less than the 20 percent decline in the benchmark Hang Seng Index in the same period.