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Samsung tops smartphone market in Aug.

TAIPEI--Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea dominated Taiwan's smartphone market in August, taking the biggest share both in terms of sales volume and value, sources in the sector said Friday.

The South Korean company saw strong sales of its flagship 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 7 in early August before it was forced to recall the phablet globally due to a spate of fires caused by overheating batteries, the sources said.

Before the recall, some 40,000 units of the Galaxy Note 7 were sold in Taiwan in August, the sources said.

In August, Taiwan sold 663,000 smartphones, an increase of 44,000 from the previous month, with Samsung as the top vendor by taking a 26.8 percent share, the sources said.

In second place with a 16.7 percent market share was Taiwanese PC vendor Asustek Computer Inc., which has been making inroads into smartphone segment as it seeks to diversify away from the slow PC market.

Taiwanese HTC Corp. (宏達電) was third with a 14.1 percent share in terms of sales volume in August, followed by Apple Inc. with 12.6 percent, and Sony Corp. with 9.1 percent, the sources said.

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