Did you know: these are the biggest smartphone companies from China

Xiaomi, the Chinese company with a name that literally translates as 'little rice', is no little. After the Xiaomi Mi 4, a device with flagship-grade specs but a mid-range price took the Asian world by a storm in 2014, and its extremely affordable Redmi took care of the lower end of the market, the company has quickly grown to become one of the world's top five in terms of units sold.

But what does that far away market of China looks like? Even though most of us are far from, it's interesting to know more about it if only because of its sheer size: did you know that China has recently become the world's largest phone market, outnumbering the United States?

First, we ought to say that China is a country deeply in love with Android. Android's market share there is in the upper 90%, with Windows Phone almost non existant, and iPhones are just starting to make a meaningful presence on the country's carriers.

Interestingly, up until the summer of 2014, Samsung had a commanding share of the Chinese smartphone market. This changed in Q2 2014, when Xiaomi grabbed a 14% market share, undercutting Samsung, Lenovo, and Yulong (with their Coolpad brand), each of which held 12%. It's an extremely competitive space.

This popularity in number of sold units does not necessarily translate into huge profits for Xiaomi. Its devices are sold at razor thin margins with the hope of consumers investing in apps in the Xiaomi-ruled MIUI app store. In a sense, Xiaomi is building its own iTunes, tailor made for China, and its betting its fortunes mostly on that initiative.

The few other big names in the Chinese market are Meizu, known for its exquisite designs (and recently, Meizu has started taking China by a storm with aggressive pricing on devices that are widely considered better-looking than Xiaomi ones); Huawei known for its Ascend lineup and also international recognition, Oppo/BBK Vivo with its multi-faceted interests, including recent venture with OnePlus One. There is lots of second-tier brands like tHl, for instance, that are also making devices with good quality, but those do not yet have the volume of all the afore-mentioned brands.

What do you think about China-made smartphones? Have they earned your interest and respect, and which are the brands that you would trust, if any? Sound off in the comments below.



1. pickachoo

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

Oppo should merge one plus with goophone.So we can have low priced clones.

2. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

OPPO and Vivo are both owned by BBK ,no point in listing each brand, just like you don't list Gionee and IUNI, Huawei and Honor, ZTE and Nubia or Lenovo and Moto. Meizu is not actually big in units (far fat smaller than you guys think), it has a strong enough brand but they are rather small becuase they only had 1 phone per year, now they are expanding to more models and will grow a lot but they don't really deserve a tier 1 clasification yet.

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I don't think China outnumbered US recently, my avatars tells everything. Outnumbered long time ago

4. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

The only one I would buy is Lenovo, because I know they are good quality, just from the thinkpads, which are quite good. None of the others have ever really earned my respect, and usually, I like to see my phones in person when I buy them. And honestly, the only to smartphones OEMs I really like are HTC and Sony.

5. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

I like the thinkpad. But I don't like the lenovo phone model (yet). The model is unique but not pretty. They really need to hire a new phone designer.

6. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I personally don't even know what they look like, I just know Lenovo makes good stuff. Now I need to look at them, lol

7. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I've had a Huawei Mate2 since early July. Going into it, I read the track record for Huawei not really to update their devices, but that didn't bother me, IF the device is stable. I LOVE IT! No FC's, no lag, smooth OS (JB4.3), 2-3 day battery life and that 299.99 price. It WORKS!

8. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

i keep changing my phone, and already tried few phones by different manufacturers n platforms. i've tried OPPO N1 Mini n currently own Vibe X2, they're cheap n u get what u paid,still they are better than some same range phones with higher price tag. point is, there are a lot of choices, just give them a try :)

9. effimote

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 06, 2015

xiaomi ,huawei,zte,meizu and lenovo are famous brand in china .they build the new era of cheap smartphones .

10. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Of course they love android, is a good OS for FREE... all they can think is money and gold, of course they love free stuff

11. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Super racist comment of the day....

12. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

No, people like YOU love money; so they used Android to cut prices.

13. effimote

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 06, 2015

don't tell me you don't like money .dear mr mildorzalost

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