Duan Yongping, the founder and chairman of BBK Electronics Corp. Based in the southern coastal city of Dongguan, BBK is the company behind Chinese smartphone brands Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Realme. Photo: Handout

Meet the ‘godfather’ of China’s smartphone industry

  • Duan Yongping is the founder and chairman of Dongguan-based BBK Electronics Corp
  • Privately held BBK is behind smartphone brands Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Realme
Topic |   Smartphones

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Duan Yongping, the founder and chairman of BBK Electronics Corp. Based in the southern coastal city of Dongguan, BBK is the company behind Chinese smartphone brands Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Realme. Photo: Handout
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The emergence of Chinese smartphone brands on the global stage has mirrored the rising competitiveness of the country’s telecommunications equipment suppliers, which have won market share with value-for-money offerings as well as on heavy investments in research and development. Photo: Xinhua

Behind the rise of China’s smartphone brands lies growing unease over country’s tech gains

  • Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are helping change people’s perception about the quality of Chinese Android phones
  • China is now home to some of the most successful smartphone brands, rivalling the likes of Samsung Electronics, Apple and LG Electronics
Topic |   China technology

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The emergence of Chinese smartphone brands on the global stage has mirrored the rising competitiveness of the country’s telecommunications equipment suppliers, which have won market share with value-for-money offerings as well as on heavy investments in research and development. Photo: Xinhua
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