Recently, according to a Chinese media report, Chinese smartphones account for more than 45% of the Russian mobile phone market share. Popular Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and Xiaomi rank second and third respectively.
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According to market statistics from January to May of 2019, Chinese smartphones accounted for about 34% market share last year, an increase of about 11% year on year. A number of Chinese manufacturers including Huawei/Honor, Xiaomi, ZTE, OPPO, and vivo have all started their business in Russia. South Korean manufacturing giant, Samsung, ranks first in Russia with a 34.2% market share in May while Huawei follows with 28.5% and Xiaomi ranks third with 10.7% share.
Previously, Chinese smartphones were mainly concentrated on low-priced entry-level products. However, in January-May 2019, Chinese mobile phones priced between 30,000 – 40,000 Russian Rubles (approx. $475 – $633) grew fastest in Russia. This indicates that the Chinese OEMs are now having a fair bit of the Russian smartphone market.
A couple of years ago, Chinese smartphones were considered cheap and non-durable products which are money drainers. However, in a few years, China has managed to improve the durability of its products while maintaining low pricing. This has played a major role in the performance of Chinese products worldwide and they are not as weak as they used to be.