According to one of Russia’s largest classification information website, Avito Operation Services, Huawei ranks fourth in the Russsian smartphone market. Actually, it is the fourth best selling brand in Russia. This ranking is for the first half of 2019. It’s quite interesting because, despite the ban by the US, Huawei still did well.
According to the report, American manufacturer, Apple, tops the chart with 43.5% of the total sales in Q1 2019. South Korean manufacturer, Samsung, is in second place with 17.6%. Chinese manufacturers, Xiaomi and Huawei, occupy third and fourth places respectively with 8.7% and 7% of the total sales while Nokia ranks fifth, accounting for 2.8%.
In addition, previous reports show that “Huawei’s mobile phone share in Russia increased to 28.5% in May, ranking second, behind Samsung’s 34.2%”, which is in line with the fact that Huawei’s mobile phone sales jumped two places in the first half of the year. Finally, Avito also pointed out that “In the first half of 2019, Russians purchased 1.01 million mobile phones on the website, an increase of 12.5% year-on-year; the average price has not changed, maintaining the level of 10,300 rubles ($163).”
Previously, Chinese smartphones were mainly entry-level products. However, in January-May 2019, Chinese mobile phones between 30,000 – 40,000 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 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 plays a major role in the performance of Chinese products worldwide and they are not as weak as they used to be. Many buyers now look out for Chinese smartphones.