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According to a smartphone statistics report released by Counterpoint Research, Samsung once again grabbed the top position in the Q3 2015 Middle Eastern market shares by 41.1%, followed by Huawei by 9.3%. Surprisingly, an African-based smartphone maker by the name Tecno ranks the 3rd best by 8.2% market share. What’s interesting is that Tecno only had a market share of just 4.8% last year, which is a huge improvement.
However, Samsung saw a decline from 49.8% of last year to 41.1%. Other brands include TCL-Alcatel who holds the fourth position by 4.5%, and the rest by 33%. Apple in the other hand rose from 2.2% of last year to 3.9%, standing in the fifth position for Q3 2015. Research claims that consumers, especially from India prefer to purchase Apple iPhones from Dubai and US, to avoid the heavy taxes and ridiculous exchange rates offered in their home country.
Analysts expect that Apple sales in the Middle East will rise higher by next year when Apple releases the next budget class iPhone 6c/ iPhone 7c.