Xiaomi Mi5 tops the charts as the most popular smartphone in China
posted by Alan F. / Jun 16, 2016, 2:16 PM
Xiaomi also produces the second most popular handset in China, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. The manufacturer's 6.4-inch Xiaomi Mi Max phablet is also listed in the top ten. Most of the phones on the list are manufactured by brands well known in China, but might not be known at all by the average U.S. consumer. Being a PhoneArena reader, you might be familiar with Meizu and Oppo, but your neighbor probably has never heard of them. One name that the vast majority of Americans do know is Samsung, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge was fifth in the survey.
Keep in mind that this is a dynamic list and the top ten phones currently selected by consumers in China will quite possibly be vastly different in a matter of weeks. Don't be surprised to see the OnePlus 3 appear in the top ten shortly. China is the world's largest smartphone market and is home to the largest carrier (China Mobile) on the planet.
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for some reason I think that people there answer with a domestic name brand but in secrete they use a different device. The government there has made it clear that it will do anything to give the domestic brands the advantage even raiding and impounding things in their corporate offices. it always sides with domestic brands that clearly rip off and copy infringe on the non domestic brands, Yet these companies continue to do business there and move jobs there. Just Wow!!
posted on Jun 16, 2016, 2:28 PM 2
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I live in the US and own the Redmi Note 3 Pro. Does that make me a downtrodden and oppressed victim of the Chinese government too? Chinese people love foreign luxury goods but in this case the two Xiaomi's happen to be excellent phones with great pricing.
posted on Jun 17, 2016, 4:27 AM 0
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It's actually backwards. For a long time Chinese people were afraid they'd lose face by purchasing the local phones that people across the world called "cheap knockoffs" so they would spend tons of money on Apple and Samsung for their brand recognition but secretly use their local branded phone for the better features. It is only in recent months (not even years) that the Chinese consumers stopped feeling insecure about loving their own brands and now they hold out their phones proudly. Even the companies are feeling it since now Chinese companies are more interested in competing against each other than comparing themselves to Apple or other foreigner brands.
posted on Jun 17, 2016, 3:23 PM 0
Oh, So sad. History's greatest smartphone (S7 edge) is not the most popular smartphone in China. Such a shame.
posted on Jun 16, 2016, 2:44 PM 3
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Its only because of the price , but definitely the Galaxy S7 Edge is the "Greatest of all time" . I use at least 4 phones an year (only flagships) and of all brands. No bias at all. Have to agree that the S7 Edge is indeed a miracle of modern technology. I wonder which device will dethrone it which in the next 12 months will happen for sure.
posted on Jun 16, 2016, 3:14 PM 3
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Google search, Play store and Gmail service are blocked in China. Xiaomi and Huawei gain a lot from that. This is a big market barrier for non-Chinese brands.
posted on Jun 16, 2016, 3:27 PM 1
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What apps does Chinese people use if Play store is blocked? Does it even make sense to get an Android phone without Play store app? I mean without any apps to install from play store Android phones have limited functionality and I am not sure if there is equivalent number of apps in Xiaomi's own store
posted on Jun 16, 2016, 4:17 PM 0
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there are tons of non-google app store... check here for some famous onehttps://www.techinasia.com/10-android-app-stores-china-2014-edition
posted on Jun 16, 2016, 4:27 PM 0
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There's also a 'Google Installer' app for Xiaomi devices which allow you to install....well..... all Google apps+service frameworks, and as long as you have a VPN, then no problems. You have a fully functioning Google phone in China.
posted on Jun 17, 2016, 2:34 AM 0
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Why is that an advantage to Huawei and Xiaomi and not the other Chinese brands too? Indeed why is it a disadvantage to Samsung and other foreign manufacturers? It's the same for everyone. The two Xiaomi's are top because they're a fantastic value for money.
posted on Jun 17, 2016, 4:22 AM 0
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I got an Mi5 about a month ago, best phone I ever owned in terms of battery life - 2.5 days with no heavy graphics use or videos. Very light at 129 grams and fast with SD820 - no complaints. Ordered it directly from a retailer based in China, came with all Google services installed and no Chinese apps. Works in Canada on LTE with Rogers/Fido or Bell. More Canadians should buy it. I paid $449 US for the 64GB version but this version is now available for around $400, sometimes a bit less.
posted on Jun 17, 2016, 5:41 AM 1
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