LG might be withdrawing from China, starting with the G6


It seems one of this year's hottest phones, the LG G6, won't be released in China, one of the biggest smartphone markets in the world. The news comes from Korea-based publication Daum News, which reports that low market share in the country could even drive the company to withdraw completely.

The report is based on "data from Strategy Analytics", which shows the company's problematic sales within the region. While LG was the third-largest smartphone vendor in the United States, it is much less popular in China, where its market share is less that 0.1 percent. The G6 is thus unlikely to be sold in the country, as LG's previous experience there has brought heavy losses for its handset division. 

Despite being such a large market, China's smartphone climate is very different than that of the rest of the world. The biggest players there are mostly local companies, such as Oppo and Vivo. The big exception are Apple's products, which are often seen as a status symbol, and are therefore imitated by local smartphone vendors. While some companies, including Huawei and Xiaomi, have branched out beyond copycatting and are also sold worldwide, success in the market often relies on looking and feeling like an iPhone, which could have been a factor in LG's failure in the region (though its G5 wasn't successful anywhere in the world).

The report is primarily specualtive in nature, but falls in line with current information, as we've heard no news of the G6 being available there, and the company's local website also lacks any mention of the device. It isn't clear if LG plans to withdraw from China completely, as its home appliances business there is likely doing much better than its smartphone division.

source: Digitimes

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16 Comments

1. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Good decision by LG . Chinese market is highly saturated because of cheap chinese oem like oppo and one plus.

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"The big exception are Apple's products, which are often seen as a status symbol, and are therefore imitated by local smartphone vendors" iPhone is mostly, if not, all about status symbol (in China)... huh, Kaloyan C? I didn't think you could admit that.

3. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Only Insecure sheep buy iphones.smh

5. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Only bitter and narrow-minded people hates iphone buyers. Or maybe they can't afford and all they can do is envy those that can? LOL!

8. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

SO you laugh at your own silly comments. I feel pitty for you triggered snowflake

9. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Did i hit you.. As in bull's eye? Hihihi! Why not just let those you called sheep buy the phone they want? It's their money, afterall. Hahaha! Boom!!!

11. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Boom snowflake got triggered.

14. mikehunta727 unregistered

What a waste of an account on this website and a waste of bandwidth and precious internet resources and energy that lets you type these stupid ass comments. Go outside man and stop being a Trumpist snowflake internet meme posting warrior

12. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Boom triggered level 1000+

4. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

This would be a good move by LG. Any company would make the move to discontinue sales in an unsustainable market.

6. jessy90

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Thats why i never buy chinese phones..those companies are cheap and copycats..the never innovate and spend in r&d. I rather support brands that bring new tech and innovation to keep technology moving forward.

7. redmd

Posts: 1948; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Good job for Huawei and Xiaomi, for having branched out beyond copycatting.

10. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

It just shows how shallow people have become today. Pathetic

13. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

iphone imitated by chinese vendors? Maybe some years ago, in the recent years every chinese company is actually copying Samsung.

15. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

That samsung copied from apple.

16. RasacL

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 27, 2017

Yah S6, S7, note 5, note 7, and upcoming S8 too copied from iPhone

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