Dramatic growth in demand for camera phones lifted mobile-phone handset sales across Asia-Pacific 16 per cent last year to top 191 million units, led by sales in China and India. That helped total mobile-phone revenue in the region reach US$34.8 billion, up from US$32.5 billion in 2004 when the total volume was 164.9 million units. Camera phone sales in Asia-Pacific jumped more than 100 per cent to 88.4 million units last year from 44.1 million in 2004. Stanley Kee, a commercial director for imaging and telecommunications at research firm GfK Asia, forecast a 17 per cent rise in mobile-phone unit sales this year due to robust prospects for camera phones. 'The growth in camera phones continued and [the market] is nowhere near being saturated. We are seeing strong growth for the established players, as well as exciting opportunities for new market entrants,' Mr Kee said. 'The top five mobile-phone brands in the region last year, based on unit sales, were Ningbo Bird, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung Electronics and Sony Ericsson.' He said camera-phone sales had 'doubled, tripled [and] even quadrupled the previous year's sales volume' in each of the 11 markets surveyed by GfK. The market value of camera phones sold in the region climbed 57 per cent to US$23.8 billion from US$15.1 billion in 2004. China still dominated the market as mobile-phone sales hit 110.4 million units, up from 99.4 million in 2004. Camera-phone unit sales soared about 149 per cent. Other high-volume growth markets in the region included Thailand, where sales surged 83 per cent; Cambodia, up 108 per cent; and India, up 275 per cent. Mr Kee said mobile-phone vendors in the region focused on handsets priced at less than US$150 to US$200 to boost market share.