Planning to buy a Chinese smartphone but not sure which brands are reliable? Read this article to learn about the top 10 Chinese smartphone brands currently in the market!
With a total revenue of US$60.839 billion in 2015, Huawei is one of the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturers in the world. Its main smartphone lines are Honor and Ascend, however they seem to be getting rid of those labels in recent times. Huawei also partnered with Google to build the Nexus 6P before the Nexus line was discontinued in favor of Google Pixel.
As of Q1 2016, Huawei is the 3rd largest smartphone manufacturer in the world in terms of market share (9.30% of the global market share according to TrendForce, April 2016). If Google can rely on Huawei to manufacture the Nexus, you can certainly rely on their manufacturing abilities as well.
2. Lenovo (Parent Brand of Motorola Mobility and ZUK Mobile)
After acquiring Motorola Mobility from Google for US$2.91 billion, Lenovo has solidified its status as one of the largest players in global smartphone industry. While it’s market share has declined in the last two years, Lenovo still remains one of the top smartphone brands in the world.
As of Q1 2016, Lenovo is the 4th largest smartphone manufacturer in the world in terms of market share (5.80% of the global market share according to TrendForce, April 2016). Lenovo is also a reliable name in the personal computer industry. If you want a brand that is highly respected all over the world, get a Lenovo!
Known as the ‘Apple of China’, Xiaomi is perhaps the most innovative Chinese smartphone brand today. What makes Xiaomi unique is that it started its operations only 6 years ago in April 2010, but already managed to become one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world. Before Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola and Huawei’s growth, Xiaomi was the 3rd largest smartphone manufactured in the world.
As of Q1 2016, Xiaomi is the 5th largest smartphone manufacturer in the world in terms of market share (5.20% of the global market share according to TrendForce, April 2016). Their flagship line is the Mi line, while the mid-range Redmi line is becoming quite popular in Bangladesh. Check out the new bezel-less Mi Mix smartphone to get an idea of how innovative Xiaomi can be!
4. Oppo (Majority Owner of Oneplus)
Unlike the previous brands on the list that mainly focus on low cost, Oppo is focused on providing premium smartphones. Another edge Oppo has over some of the other brands on this list is that you can already find Oppo service centers all over Dhaka.
Oppo Electronics Corporation is also the majority owner of Oneplus – a spin off smartphone company started by Oppo vice president Pete Lau. If you want premium quality hardware with regular Cyanogen updates at affordable price – OnePlus is the brand for you!
Meizu is another Chinese brand that is focusing more on quality than lowering cost. While it is currently smaller than most of the other brands on the list, Meizu is still one of the top 10 smartphone manufacturers in China. Meizu smartphones are powered by Flyme OS, a stock and aftermarket firmware developed by Meizu for smartphones based on the Android operating system.
That said, Meizu has often been accused of copying more successful brands like Apple when designing their smartphones. Nevertheless, the build quality of Meizu phones is top notch and might be the perfect brand for you!
6. LeEco (Formerly Letv)
LeEco is one of the largest online video companies in China. While it is still a new entrant in the smartphone industry, LeEco has so far introduced some amazing smartphones at very low cost. Unlike the other brands on the list, LeEco is set to enter the US market very soon as well. So expect more breakthroughs in custom ROM development and global support for LeEco phones.
One of the top 5 smartphone brands in China and one of the top 10 smartphone brands globally, ZTE is another smartphone brand you should consider when buying your next phone. ZTE Axon 7 is the first phone to be declared ‘Daydream Ready’ by Google. If you are a VR enthusiast, ZTE is currently the best brand for you by far.
While not as popular outside of China compared to the other brands on the list, Coolpad is still one of the best smartphone manufacturers around. If you are willing to explore brands that are relatively unknown globally, Coolpad might be a pretty cool option for you to consider.
While a relatively new player in the market, Vivo is proving to be one of the best smartphone brands in the world terms of design and build quality. In 2015, Vivo had a global market share of 2.7%. If premium design and build quality is what you are after, be sure to check out Vivo!
Many smartphone manufacturers in the world sell re-branded Gionee smartphones under their own name. However, Gionee has been trying to expand to global markets under their own name in recent years. While it is still relatively unknown outside of China, Gionee could be a cheap alternative for whatever phone you were planning to buy.
TCL, Ulefone, Elephone, Konka, Jiayu, BluBoo, Cubix, and many more Chinese smartphone brands of varying quality are available on the market. Some of them are pretty good in terms of cost and hardware. However, I would still suggest reading reviews online before purchasing a brand you are not familiar with.
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