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What are the world's top 10 cellphone companies?

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Samsung, Nokia, Apple, LG, and ZTE followed by Huawei, TCL, Lenovo, Sony and Yulong are the top 10 cellphone companies in the world as ranked by units sold, as of 2013. Many of the companies manufacture traditional cellphones and smartphones, while others only produce smartphones.

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The majority of the cellphones sold are smartphones, which contributed to traditional handset manufacturers such as HTC, Blackberry and Motorola falling from the top 10 and being replaced by Chinese companies.

The South Korean company Samsung continued its past dominance by leading the top 10 in sales with close to 500 million units sold. Nokia, the Finnish company that made the world's first GSM cellphone call in 1993, still ranks as the second largest company in handset sales. Apple only makes smart devices, and the iPhone puts the company at the third-largest player spot with 150 million phones sold.

Ranked fourth was LG, another South Korean electronics giant with a growing presence in the smartphone market. Fifth, sixth and seventh positions were all held by Chinese networking and device manufacturers ZTE, Huawei and TCL respectively.

Lenovo, another Chinese manufacturer, replaced Blackberry in the top 10 and purchased the Motorola handset business from Google. Sony is a top 10 cellphone company for the first time, and Yulong's Coolpad brand rounded out the field.

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