While the number of smartphone manufacturers keep increasing day by day, it's actually interesting to find out as to how many makers are from outside the country.
Foreign companies have a special place in the native market. Examples can be drawn via the likes of Samsung and Apple in this regard as both of them, among others, are highly listed. Sure we have our well known native makers, but these outside makers bring the brand factor along with them that's such a style factor.
Keeping all other out of the contention, we are concentrating on the Chinese handset makers in the market. Chinese handsets have been in the market for quite some time. Previous to the age of smartphones, Chinese made devices were in the market, but none were considered highly.
But this is 2014. The year has already seen a number of Chinese makers enter the market to compete against the other big names out there. While we already have a number of makers from the country, more are heading over before the end of the year.
So which are the top Chinese handset makers that could make life problematic for Indian makers? Let's take a closer look.
Oppo has made a reputation for itself in its native country. Now it sees India as probable market that's full of potential. Oppo may have already got a few Hollywood faces under its belt via advertising , but it still is struggling. However, 2014 could be a big year for it, provided it comes with devices such as Oppo Find 7.
Xiaomi may have recently entered the Indian handset market, but none can deny the fact that it's more than ready to compete against the big names not only in this market, but all over Asia. And although we aren't sure about the future, a slight clue can be taken from the fact that it has already outsold Apple in China.
Gionee Communication Equipment Co. Ltd, founded back in September 2002, is now among the world's top 10 mobile manufacturers. Gionee has 41 provincial general sales agents and 40 provincial service centers with over 500 franchised outlets. And with more new devices heading into India, it's only a matter of time before the company has a hold.
Not long ago, Coolpad was outselling Apple in China. The company, going by the stats in May, had already become China's third biggest smartphone brand in terms of sales, according to Gartner. And although the company is yet to enter the smartphone race in India, it will surely mark it as a territory for a lot of business if the company ever decides to conduct business in the country.