Sony Ericsson sees big smartphone growth in China

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BEIJING, INDIA: Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson said on Wednesday that it expects half of all mobile phones sold in China to be smartphones by 2015, as prices for handsets fall amid growing popularity.


Sony Ericsson, a joint venture between Sony Corp and Sweden's Ericsson also aimed to become the biggest smartphone brand globally, Sony Ericsson President Bert Nordberg told reporters in Beijing, declining to give a timetable.

When asked about talk that Sony could buy out Ericsson from their joint venture, Nordberg said: "I expect no change for a while."

Sony Ericsson is the world's fifth-biggest handset maker, with an about 17 percent share of the global market for smartphones.

The company recently introduced its first phone using TD-SCDMA, a homegrown Chinese technology used in a 3G network operated by China Mobile Ltd , the world's biggest wireless carrier by users.