Many foreign businessmen have a problem in selecting good quality and cheap Chinese smartphones,
There’s so many different brand, which one is better for business?
How to select a quality& cheap Chinese cellphones?
How to source suppliers of Android phone and import from China?
How is the quality and warranty of Chinese brand mobile phone?
Does it with CE/RoHS/FCC certificate?
Does it come with English version? and Manual also in English?
1.How does it performs in China and global market?
You couldn’t imagine how hotsale it is globally, here’s the lastes statistics:
Figure 1: sales volume of cellphone in China 2014(millions)
Top6~10: Coolpad, vivo, OPPO, ZTE, others. (all China, and HTC, Sony, Moto, LG and others are out from top 10 for good)
Figure 2: Global comparison of profit rate of smartphone
Apple and Samsung remain top 2, while Chinese phone performs aggressively, cutting down profit to increase market share, especially Lenovo, Xiaomi and Huawei.
2.How is their quality?
Let’s take XIAOMI Mi4 for example:
Screen: 5 inch Sharp, 1920×1080, 441PPI
Syetem: MIUI( based on Android 4.3);
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8X74AC 801, 2.5GHz, 4core
Network: 4G, 3G, GSM
RAM: 3GB, ROM 16/64GB,
Camera: SONY 13 MP (rear), SONY 8 MP(front); 4k video recording
3.How is the price?
Yeah, it sounds really cool.
So what? how can we make profit from importing Chinese mobile phone? Which one is better for business?
Let’s not beat around the bush, here’s quotation from market(Price in RMB, 1USD=6.2RMB)
4. How to do business?
Perfect, now we have a rough idea about Chinese mobile phone and their the price, but it’s not enough. How can I do business with supplier of Chinses original brand smartphone? you may wonder? for most of the time we’re not strong enough to build relationship with brand company, their MOQ could be 500pcs per model, or even more than 1000pcs each time, so we have to work with distributor/wholesaler in the market.
Here comes the problems:
A.How to find a reliable distributor/wholesaler and get a good price?
B.How to deal with languages problem? and manual?
C.how about shipping?
D.how to avoid copies?
For A, there’s different grade of distribution network in China, without large order or relationship, none of us could deal with brand company, or supplier behind the market. Besides, price of smartphone is transparant and lower profit, and there’s so many copies, which makes it difficult to find a reliable supplier with good price. A better solution is to find a local partner that knows the market well and tell you truth about the markets.
For B, it is piece of cake, brand smartphone always comes with different kind of languagues, or we can root it and install your languages as well; the Manual or label could be Troublesome, we need to print(or pay for a printing factory) our own manual, or making a common English version, it’s not difficult to make it.
For C*D, most of local distributors/wholesaler don’t export, or not very expert in exporting; besides, they only focus on selling phone and couldn’t help your other business, sometimes you need to buy some accessories as well, which may be purchased from different supplier. And dealing with different suppliers would make it very complicated; besides, shipping fee would be quite a lot as all of your order are shipped seperately.
In this case, the two choice you have are, firstly, if your quantity is really large, you can find one supplier to deal with all for you exclusively; secondly, if not, you would need a local partner, or sourcing agent to provide all services you need for this business. And sourcing agent is generally cost less than trading company.
5. In the end:
Smartphones are one of the hottest products nowadays, everything is about smartphone: intelligent homeware, APP, mobile network, shopping, SNS…… iPhone is definitely the leader brand, and Samsung of course, but they’re expensive; consumer would need different kind of products as well, powerful, nice design and cost less, thats how Chinese brand succeed and grow.
Let’s wait for the following success of them.
By the way, we’re souring agent in Huaqiangbei, Shenzhen, China, we provide 1-stop sourcing service for clients, if you need our help, pls do not hesitate to contact us.