Some Chinese smartphone manufacturers are expanding their horizons

Some Chinese smartphone manufacturers are expanding their horizons
Chinese smartphone manufacturers are beginning to expand their operations globally. Once known for their domestic presence, companies like Huawei and Lenovo are picking up global market share. Many of the names are unknown to the average guy in the states, although PhoneArena readers are more likely to be familiar with companies like Coolpad. The latter has budgeted millions of dollars to start marketing its smartphones in Europe, the U.S. and Southeast Asia.

Why are Chinese manufacturers starting to believe that the grass is greener on the other side? It has to do with a severe slowdown in the Chinese market. According to IDC, smartphone shipments in China quadrupled between 2011 and 2013. Now, smartphone shipments in the country are slowing down. And on top of the decline in the Chinese market, emerging markets like India, Latin America and Southeast Asia are showing growth. In those areas, smartphones have not yet saturated the market, which means that many are still replacing their featurephones for smartphones. Data from IDC reveals that in the first half of this year, 89% of all mobile phones shipped in China were of the intelligent variety. During the same period, only 28% of handsets shipped in India were smartphones, leaving plenty of room for smartphone manufacturers to grow in the country.

Besides the battle for hometown market share, Chinese manufacturers are expanding globally because of the fight for profitability. Lenovo Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing recently called China, the toughest smartphone market in the world. That's an emotion seconded by IDC analyst Kiranjeet Kaur. For companies like Lenovo and Huawei, they have the money and the products to chase profits. And for these manufacturers, leaving the security of home is working. Last week, Lenovo reported that for the quarter ended in June, smartphone shipments in Southeast Asia had jumped 400% year-over-year. In Eastern Europe, shipments were up a whopping 600% year-over-year during the same time period. Also during the first six months of this year, Huawei's smartphone shipments in the Middle East and Africa rose six fold. In Latin America, that increase was close to 400%.

One company that has started to expand globally, albeit on a smaller scale, is Xiaomi. Known for its quick moving "hunger marketing," online sales technique, the company is working in India with online retailer Flipkart. After planting its flag in the country, Xiaomi is expected to start offering its devices in Brazil and Russia before it heads to other destinations like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey, Mexico and the Philippines.

source: WSJ



1. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Is like nothing much is going to Africa for now, maybe our time is coming.

2. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

yes, they're starting to show up in ads here, and I wonder when people will start buying these and cheapen android even more and make apple look superior. they already did this with cheap tablets selling at 59$ for a 7 incher and 99$ for a 10 incher making the comparison between android tablets and iPads a sure win for apple. I just hope people would realize that price is not the only thing in life, there's also quality, like these tablets would last 3 months and their cheap screens will go yellow and have black dots. why I love Samsungs, Sonys and HTC? because they put in a helluva work on their devices to make them wonderful and durable, and here comes xiawowami huwawawewi and company to cheapen android with craap non tested devices with a shiny back and big numbers.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Got infected with ignorance aren't ya? Wake up, it's 2014 already, the Chinese mobile devices now are totally different from the past. You know why these Chinese manufacturers are getting popular? Because they offer high end devices on low price and low end devices with decent specs on affordable price, unlike Samdung which offers an expensive price on their high end devices like the other major players and also offer crappy low end devices with crappy quality. It's time for the Chinese manufacturers to rise, accept it.

5. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

tell me how superior is your chinese companies when they have the huwawaweiwo name and xiaomimo name too among other catastrophies? they're making android look cheap. they copy EVERYTHING man the MiPad lmao what the heck is that? a plastic iPad Mini Retina? what the? who cares for the specs when it's a copy? the huwawiwo phone that looks like a note 3? seriously? or the miui that looks like ios? a wannabe craap phone from china who wants to be an iPhone but can't? the new xioaomimo thing that also looks like an iPhone. in fact I made my sister see the photo and told her it's the iPhone 6. she told me wow it looks exactly like the 5s but why the camera is in the middle like samsungs? yes they offer big numbers big specs at of course zero price come on it's xiaomimioo that copies apple. android does not need anymore cheapening. they're going to rise of course as the number of barbariian people on this planet is too big, and cheap brands p!ss me off so seriously and these same brands make apple look glorious, they copy it. why? they are cheap have terrible screens and are not durable AT ALL as I've seen them in front of my eyes. they make android look like a craap ios copy while companies like Samsung HTC and Sony work hard to make it wonderful UNIQUE and DURABLE.

6. frequency

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

it feels so funny to read your dump brainwashed blah blah blah, and no wonder why you waste 10 mins to create a non sense post over here. If i'm not wrong, tell me where sammy and the rest of phone companies include apple are made from? Hey, talking about high end and high price, they just have fuxking different brands, but all made in China. Sammy, Apple, etc,etc...

7. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

and I always wondered where do barbariiaans exist to buy this phone and you (and some dozen here) answer my question. apples samsungs and others are made in china we all know that coneeheead, the problem is that they don't copy the same designs and UIs and paste it in their phones. like a MiPad omg we laughed so hard when we read this and showed it to some friends and the wannabe an iphone look too and the iphone/galaxy/xperia design copied. all they care about is copy and copy cheaply and sell it like candies. phone manufacturers like samsung sony and apple work hard on the interface for some dirt cheap copy company to copy it and sell it on the cheap. end of the line. not going to reply anymore cuz it makes me sick talking about cheap lowly copy brands. you go enjoy your xiaoaowimito phone and let me enjoy mine. now go to hll

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Profit is more outside of China, that is the reason to become up in sales and giving a tough competition to the big OEMs. Many people love chinese phones for their offerings (specs vs price) but due to unavailability, one has to settle with the only options available in the country.

8. blitzkreig

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

samdung, shamesung, samesung, ijunk, itoy… New tech terms I have learnt on this site.. Gotta love the play with words.. lol..

9. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I was put off for a while with the "invasion" of the cheap chinese phones, but you can find some good ones out there. I went with a Huawei Ascend Mate2 about a month ago and it's been 100% perfect. Big whoop...not the latest hardware, but, for my use, as a phone, camera, web browser, email/text (no games) it's perfect. 300 bucks for a 6.1" screen, 2-3 day battery life? Why not. Heard someone say they spy...yeah, like the rest of them don't? And what about google?

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