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India’s biggest smartphone company is Chinese

Chinese giant BBK Electronics is the parent company of Oppo, Vivo, Realme, OnePlus and iQoo and accounts for 43% of smartphones sold in India.  

July 27, 2020 / 08:13 PM IST

That 73 percent of smartphones sold in India are made by Chinese companies is a well-known fact. But that 43 percent, if not more, of these come from the stables of just one company—BBK Electronics—is bound to raise eyebrows as Chinese companies face increased scrutiny in India.

BBK Electronics is the parent company of Oppo, Vivo, Realme, OnePlus and iQoo but is careful not to mention or associate with these names publicly, choosing to stay behind the scenes.

Based in the industrial city of Dongguan in the coastal southeast Chinese province of Guangdong, the electronics giant has over the years spawned several brands and spun them into different companies, which are going up against each other in India and other markets.

Believed to be the world’s third-largest manufacturer of smartphones, BBK Electronics is painfully media-shy.