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Survey: Most Chinese place trust in domestic high-tech products

Survey: Most Chinese place trust in domestic high-tech products. Science & Technology World Website

Attendees inspect Huawei P9 smartphones on display at the China International Information Exhibition in Beijing.

 

The majority of Chinese people believe that home produced products have made great progress over the past decade, according to a survey conducted by China Youth Daily.

In the survey of 2000 netizens, 65.1 percent of respondents say mobile phones were the domestic products they trust the most; 55.4 percent of them choose space and aviation facilities; and 54.1 percent place their trust in domestic high-speed rail products most.

A total of 41.4 percent of netizens praised domestic products, with 49.2 percent saying they were acceptable and only 1.3 percent of respondents rejecting made-in-China products.

Ten years ago, the most reputable domestic products were small items such as clothing and shoes. But today, high-tech products have won a good reputation for good quality and low prices.

Wu Zhen, a Doctor at Tsinghua University, said the biggest change for domestic products is that they are not only cheap, but also display advanced technologies. He noted that the smartphone he now uses is a Chinese brand, adding that the smartphone is easy to use and is of good quality.

Sun Yu working at a hospital in Henan province is planning to buy a Haier washing machine. He said many Chinese brands such as Haier, Huawei and Lenovo have won favour among foreign customers for their good quality and low prices.

To do better in the future, nearly 70 percent of respondents suggest Chinese brands focus on intellectual property rights and the development of core technology.

A total of 54.4 percent say innovation is the top priority of domestic products.


Chinese brands dominate global smartphone sales

Chinese brands dominate global smartphone sales. Science & Technology World Website

A worker tests OPPO F1S smartphones at an OPPO smartphone factory in Tangerang, Indonesia, September 20, 2016.


Chinese smarphone vendors were an industrial driving force last year, reaching record volumes for global shipments, research has found.

According to Counterpoint Technology Market Research, global shipments of smartphones in 2016 reached nearly 1.5 units.

Chinese brands accounted for one third, shipping 465 million units around the globe.

Producing more than three quarters of all phones shipped in 2016, companies Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Gionee were the highest selling.

The research also noted that the market's polarization of growth was more distinct this year as the leading brand Oppo witnessed a 109 percent increase from the year before, while Lenovo suffered an 80 percent slump.

Research director James Yan said: "The final quarter of the year was marked with a series of flagship upgrades from key brands such as Apple, Oppo, Huawei and Xiaomi which catalyzed the smartphone demand in China, healthier than last year."

Yan said the Chinese smartphone market saw a continuous rise in shipments as OEMs also began to fill channels ahead of the Chinese New Year season.

"In terms of features, key focus remained on proliferation of smartphones with fingerprint sensors, 4G+/VoLTE ready, fast-charging, OLED displays, improved battery life, adoption of dual-rear-cameras and higher megapixel front-camera for selfies," Yan added.

Another global research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) has also found similar trends.

According to IDC, the new trend "shows the growing local acceptance of Chinese vendors in its home country with the improvement in product features and better marketing messages seen in the past year".

IDC senior market analyst Tay Xiaohan said: "Increased dependence on mobile apps has led consumers to seek phone upgrades, thus helping drive the large growth in the fourth quarter of 2016. In lower tiered cities, there was a similar demand by consumers, which OPPO and vivo met by aggressively pushing mid-range smartphones in these cities."

The company also pointed out another key trend in 2016 was the slowdown of the growth of online channels in China.

"Most brands are now using a combination of channels to increase their shipments," IDC noted.

"Xiaomi, previously focused on online channels, has opened more Mi Home stores to drive offline growth and Apple has also been aggressive in increasing its offline retail presence, while to differentiate itself from OPPO and vivo, who predominantly target young users, Gionee has been targeting professionals and executives, and hence found a niche market for itself to stand out against its two competitors."


China has 1.3b mobile phone users: white paper

China has 1.3b mobile phone users: white paper. Science & Technology World Website


The total number of phone users in China hit about 1.54 billion by the end of 2015, and about 1.3 billion of them were mobile phone users, a white paper said Thursday.

The white paper, titled "The Right to Development: China's Philosophy, Practice and Contribution," said the number of Internet users stood at 688 million.

The document, released by the State Council Information Office, said people's living standards have significantly improved in the country.

From 1978 to 2015, per capita GDP grew from more than 200 U.S. dollars to above 8,000 U.S. dollars, according to the white paper.

In 1978, per capita disposable income of urban residents was only 343.4 yuan, and per capita net income of rural residents was only 133.6 yuan.

In 2015, per capita disposable income of all residents reached 21,966 yuan and the figures were 31,195 yuan for urban residents and 11,422 yuan for rural residents.

Chinese residents made 127.86 million outbound trips in the same year, including 121.72 million private trips, according to the white paper.

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