The rise of “made in china” smartphones

China has always played a huge role in the manufacturing industry
since the 1970’s. Regardless of where Research and Design is done
for a product, it is most certainly manufactured in China and no other
country. Same goes in the case of the thriving tech world, in the case
of this article, the manufacture of mobile phones.

China has been responsible for manufacturing and assembling top of
the line mobile phone devices such as Apple’s Iphone and Samsung’s
S series at a large volume due to the availability of cheap labor.
Despite the increase in labor costs in the past few years, the cost is
still friendly enough for most companies. This combined with the
constant industrial growth in the country has made China the get go
for most companies. However, some other South East Asian, Middle
East, and local Chinese based corporations have started to
manufacture their own mobile phone devices in the past few years,
which have now spread out all over the world. One of these many
fortunate countries includes Pakistan.

One of the first companies that started to import phones to Pakistan
and were run under the country’s own name was Q-Mobile, founded in
2009. The company despite not being successful in the past two or
three years was the basis upon which more Chinese mobile brands
like Huawei and Infinix etc spread all across Pakistan. These phones
have since then been sturdy, always built to last under today’s
demanding physical conditions. These devices soon started to
surpass the more conventional mobile brands in Pakistan such as
Blackberry, Nokia, and Sony Ericsson. The reason is quite simple, the
low cost and sizeable device specifications. It has been a win-win
situation for both countries as both have gained profit and improved
relationships with each other. Companies like Huawei have signed
many other deals with the country in other sectors such as cloud
storage services and many others.

The fact that these companies have won many global awards such as
Huawei winning the best smartphone award for two years straight in
Europe in 2018 and 2019 helps the local consumer find a feeling of
reliability in the company’s products. Besides the flagship devices of
such companies that are still heavy on the pocket, the midrange
devices are just as affordable with prices between 20-45K Rupees.
These phones come packed with the same features as many other
midrange phones from other major companies such as Apple and
Samsung, but at a great cost difference of around 30K Rupees. Infact
research tells us that devices like the Iphone are sold at a greater than
actual price. The Iphone 10, which costs around a 1000 bucks in the
US actually costs only 370 dollars to manufacture. This amount covers
all the expenses for device hardware and software.

Keeping all these facts in mind, local Chinese phone manufacturers
and designers are the best bet for Pakistan, as these devices can be
afforded by many middle class and lower class citizens with ease. If
the country makes effective use of education and these mobile
phones, more lower and middle class citizens can reap the benefits of
the latest and improving services such as E-Commerce, which will
help save the cost of travel for many. This will not only save time but
also help reduce environmental issues such as pollution. Moreover,
public service workers such as laborers and chauffeurs who have
hectic schedules can stay in contact with their loved ones much easily
with the availability of different types of mobile sim packages, which
these Chinese devices can make full use of. This will help the masses
save money which can be invested into other important things such as
business and vocations.

As of now, Chinese companies like Huawei, Oppo, and Qmobile with
many others have a market share of around 33 percent in the case of
mobile vendor market share. Pakistan looks forward to improving relationships
with the Chinese so it can gain more benefits in the industrial sector in
the upcoming years with projects like CPEC. This will be a great
bargain for both countries in the upcoming future.

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