Chinese smartphones gaining ground in Europe

CNC
Added On January 10, 2019

INTRO
Turning to Chinese technology.
 
Smartphone brands such as Huawei and Xiaomi are now among the top five handset makers in Europe, while several years ago, these Chinese-made phones were unfamiliar to European consumers. 
 
Let's follow our correspondent in France to find out how "made in China" gains increasing prominence in the continental market.
 
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STANDUP (ENGLISH): HAN QIAN, CNC Correspondent
"Recently, Chinese smartphone brands have started setting up shops in France. Such as Honor, OnePlus and Oppo, which broke into the French market in 2018. Xiaomi has opened its first store in May 2018 in the French capital, to the delight of hundreds of fans waiting in line on opening day. And the world’s fourth-largest smartphone maker has opened a second store since in France and prides itself for its innovative business model."
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): LIU YAN, Xiaomi Technology Manager in France
"Xiaomi's innovation is through three parts -- the first part is technology, the second part is innovation in design and third part, which is very important, is innovation in the business model. Our business model is a triangle, so we have our hard work part, soft work part and also our new retail. New retail is to duplicate online high-efficiency business model to offline part, we are not selling products only, what we are selling is a lifestyle."
 
STANDUP (ENGLISH): HAN QIAN, CNC Correspondent
"Huawei has also been flourishing in France. The market share of the brand has doubled in 2018 compared to the previous year. And the company keeps investing 10 percent of its sales revenue in research and development. In 2018, Huawei opened its fifth R&D center in France and an OpenLab dedicated to innovative technology partnerships with local industrial players. All these efforts have made Huawei into one of the most active players in the local ecosystem of technological innovation and transformation."
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): SHI WEILIANG, CEO, Huawei France
"The most important is how to build and how you can have the precise position in this ecosystem. We have a very clear strategy in this ecosystem that we are not leading, but we want to provide the platform of platforms for these companies and we want to help them to achieve this disruptive coming digital transformation."
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): TIMOTHEE WIRTH, Managing Director, TmaxSoft
"The openness and the collaboration which is core to the Chinese culture, I think it is formidable for the innovation and for the industry."
 
SOUNDBITE(FRENCH): AXEL, Paris Citizen
"I think in general Chinese technology is a good thing, it would be necessary to let more to come."
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) : MCKEE, Scotland Visitor
"Chinese technology, I would think that there is more technology coming from China than the vice versa going back to China, we are learning more and more from China."