Step Aside, Samsung/Apple: 1 in 5 Smartphones in S’pore is a China Phone

You know ah, you’d think that with all of us being so crazy about phones, that as far as phone brands come, no other name would come to mind, other than Apple or Samsung.

Nothing else would make it on the list. Period.

Here comes the shocker, though. 20 percent of the smartphones in this country is from China! Yes, sounds like fake news, right?

But it’s true.

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In fact, over 50% of the people in Goody Feed (and we’re just talking about the full-timers!) are using a China-made phone. Okay, a few of them have said that they’re changing to either Samsung or Google Pixel (just one joker for this), but they’ve no issues with China phone: the reason for the switch is due to the end of their contracts, and they’ve suddenly become richer (boss, why they become richer one?)

Read on to find out more about this interesting development!

They All Come Through One Chinese Vendor – GfK Asia

For 2017, Gfk Asia shared that they have crossed the 20 percent mark in selling China smartphones in Singapore.

Its senior director for technology retail tracking, a Mr Gerard Tan, said that as far as both quality and innovation are concerned, China mobile companies are introducing brand new items to their phones (we all know Apple takes a year or more to get anything new on the table!).

Here’s an example. Oppo and Huawei had dual cameras on their flagship phones way before Samsung showcased theirs to the world.

Another reason why us Singaporeans are warming up to China brands is not just because of the specs. The phones are much cheaper too! You’d have to forsake half of your savings just to own an iPhone X, so why not go for another kinda smartphone that’s cheaper and got some really neat features too?

About the Brands

Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo are the main names you’ll see if you ask a fellow Singaporean about the model of his smarthphone.

You’ll surely be coming across loads of iPhones and Samsungs, as they dominate about 70 percent of the market.

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China phones are definitely an attractive deal for people who are budget-conscious, and not overly concerned with a phone’s brand name.

The Chinese phones are REALLY, REALLY cheap. You’d be able to get a Xiaomi or Oppo for as little as S$169.  Want a premium range Huawei? Even that is below S$1,000!

In fact, way less than $1,000.

A Couple of Phone Features

Oppo’s R11, the one you see plastered all over Sing! China, is one of the company’s most sellable models, and it comes with a kickass 20-MP front camera.

Selfie game’s pretty much on the higher end too, as you’d be able to use faux-boxeh effects and HDR to upgrade your selfie clicks (don’t know what that means but Instagramers sure know).

You can even shoot 4K videos on it. Lest you’re not aware, 4K is a very high resolution that is usually reserved for high-end cameras. Blah, now it’s on your phone.

The R11 has 4G RAM, a Snapdragon 660 processor and also 64GB storage space. Not enough space for you? Insert an external microSD to its designated slot!

Xiaomi’s got another contender in its MI A1 phone, which retails at S$349. The camera has got rear dual cameras and features a full-metal design. Its processor is a Snapdragon 625. Its biggest kicker has got to be that it also has the most recent Android operation system in it.

There are the usual monthly security updates AND it also gets the operating system updates too (when it’s finally launched).

And according to people in the office, the hearsay of China phones RIP-ing the moment they’re dropped is merely…hearsay. They dropped them and all they lost were their egos.

So, would you trade your iPhone or Samsung for this new baby that’s in town?

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