Wondering why? Given the dominance of Chinese products in the market, it is logical to wonder why so many goods are made in China. In a nutshell, the Chinese manufacturing industry was noticed by the world for making exact replicas of branded luxury products that were then sold at super affordable prices. Due to unclear copyright laws, the world wanted to own these copied items but with the famous logo for a fraction of the price. This led to an increase in demand for China-made products in the entire world. 

Soon, China became the manufacturing capital of the world. With an abundance of natural resources that provide materials needed for manufacturing, China has spread its arms with factories across many parts of Asia such as Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, or Cambodia, and even in Africa to meet the growing demand.

Masters of Innovation

China has remained the world’s largest smartphone market since 2012. According to a Statista report in 2020, smartphone shipments in China reached over 325 million units. Several phones launched in the Indian markets are manufactured in China. This includes smartphones from brands like Xiaomi, Realme, Oppo, Vivo, and OnePlus. Most of these brands sell their products exclusively online and offer extremely competitive prices.

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Known for latest technology and design, India cannot build innovation capacity that has led to heavy reliance on China. All top positions in smartphones are taken by foreign firms, including three Chinese ones. The few domestic manufacturers, such as Micromax, Karbonn, Lava, and Spice have collapsed badly. 

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How to check where your phone was made?

Smartphone manufacturers release different models and variants for different regions and countries. Often users are not aware of the country in which their devices were made. If you want to check where your phone was made, here what you need to do. 

Find out the IMEI number

IMEI number 

IMEI is the International Mobile Equipment Identity code designated to every phone ever created. The fifteen-digit code can help you check where your phone was made. You can find it in your phone settings or can dial*#06# on your phone’s call screen. Once you know the IMEI number, follow these simple steps:

  • Go to www.IMEI.Info 
  • Enter the IMEI Number of your device 
  • Now click on CHECK and complete CAPTCHA protection
  • Here you will be presented with some basic information about your device. At this stage, you need to choose the Check SN / WARRANTY / CARRIER
  • Finally click on Check Phone Details to know where your smartphone was made

Why are most mobile phones manufactured in China?

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Chinese smartphone companies like Huawei, Xiaomi, and Lenovo sell unlocked smartphones that run on the latest Android mobile operating system. Since they charge much lower off-contract prices than Apple and Samsung, the Chinese smartphone makers pose a serious threat. They have an advantage over other phone makers in the global market. Chinese manufacturers, unlike traditional smartphone makers, do not have to pay the patent and intellectual property royalties they would pay for sales in other countries because of slipshod government regulation.

The final winner

While low-cost Chinese smartphones are a driving force in the global market, there is still plenty of demand for higher-priced products like the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy devices. The final answer rests in the consumer’s need and pocket.

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