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Smartphones from Asia currently dominate the global market. As a Statistics from Statista shows, Samsung from South Korea is back in first place after Huawei’s decline in smartphones. This was followed in the first quarter by the Americans from Apple, with Xiaomi from China in third place. This is followed by the Chinese again: Oppo and Vivo.

The advantage of Chinese smartphones: they now offer at least the same high quality as the established brands from other countries, at least from the major manufacturers, which are now also officially available in Europe, or they are often even better. Nevertheless, they often cost less and offer similarly good warranty conditions and decent service. The situation is different for small, unknown brands in this country. Their products are – as in the past with the meanwhile established providers such as Xiaomi or Oneplus – predominantly available through import dealers. However, there may be customs duties there and warranty processing may not be as easy. Often the devices are not even approved for Europe, they lack (real) CE mark and suitable plugs for European sockets. We concentrate here on models that are offered by established German dealers.

In order to find out which 2021 models are particularly popular in Germany, we evaluated the data from the Geizhals price comparison portal and sorted them by brand. Under the respective sections, a link of the most popular models with the most favorable prices on the day leads directly to the dealer. This price comparison is dynamic, so it is always up-to-date and can deviate from the text over time.

Xiaomi is the strongest Chinese smartphone brand in the world. The company has not been unknown in this country for a long time, in addition to inexpensive entry-level and mid-range models, the manufacturer has long since brought absolute high-end flagships, fitness bracelets, monitors, televisions and much more onto the German market. The company is now also selling all of the key launch models in Germany. Telecommunications providers such as Telekom, Vodafone and O2 have long recognized that Xiaomi offers an excellent price-performance ratio and are putting together attractive Xiaomi bundles with their tariffs. The Poco smartphones from Xiaomi’s subsidiaries currently offer a lot for their money.


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The biggest problem with this: Most of these models are hardly available, whether they are popular or are now so expensive that it is more worthwhile to use current devices. With its policy based on the shortage of goods, Xiaomi is one of the few manufacturers of technology products whose range becomes more expensive instead of cheaper over time.

Realme has been in Germany for around two years. While everyone in Germany knows Xiaomi and Huawei is in danger of being forgotten again, Realme has yet to earn a high degree of brand awareness. Accordingly, the company’s smartphones are still comparatively cheap but still high quality, which makes them particularly interesting for bargain hunters. Here, too, prices are moving upwards. The strategy seems to be working: After Analysis from Counterpoint Research Realme is the fastest growing provider in Europe and already in seventh place after Oppo and Vivo. Amazingly, Counterpoint also sees Huawei still in sixth place in Q4 / 2020.


In the article The new Xiaomi? Realme C3, 6, 6 Pro and 6i in comparison, we go into detail about the first smartphones officially sold in Germany at the time. The four devices were not top models, but rather cover the entry-level to upper middle class. This sector is the most affordable for most prospective buyers. In the meantime, the manufacturer in this country also offers other technology such as a fitness band (test report) and a vacuum robot. The Realme GT (test report) is currently one of the manufacturer’s best smartphones and one of the models with the best price-performance ratio.

With its first smartphone, the iconic Oneplus One (test report), Oneplus gained the reputation about seven years ago that the company’s smartphones offer almost upper-class hardware for a mid-range price. That changed a long time ago in 2021, as their premium model Oneplus 9 Pro (test report) cost between 900 and 1000 euros at the market launch, depending on the memory variant. But then came the Oneplus Nord (test report), it offers exactly what almost all Oneplus smartphones offered until 2019: an extremely attractive overall package at a reasonable price. In 2020 and 2021, the manufacturer, which has been part of Oppo since mid-2021, will continue its company policy and further expand the Nord range in addition to its top models. In addition, there is now a collaboration with camera specialist Hasselblad from the USA.

Huawei made a meteoric rise in the smartphone sector until 2019. The company’s products were not only able to keep up with all the big names in the industry, they often outperformed their competition in important areas such as the smartphone camera. Although the camera in high-end Huawei smartphones is still top-class today and the rest of the hardware is usually at the top, Huawei is sinking more and more into obscurity, at least in Germany with smartphones.

The reason is the US ban, which came into force in early 2019. With the accusation of spying on Huawei for the Chinese government, the US is banning companies worldwide from working with Huawei. The Chinese manufacturer is trying to keep up with the market with its own Android-based Harmony operating system and its own app store called App Gallery. However, despite the great hardware, the current models lack the Google services that billions of users have been used to using for years. In addition, Huawei simply does not manage to get developers of all important apps – for banking, for example – on board, so the range of apps in the App Gallery is still incomplete.


After a shortage of chips and a loss of market share, the crash even went so far that Huawei had to sell its subsidiary Honor, which was also affected by the ban and has so far been very successful. Honor is currently repositioning its smartphone business for Europe, but no positive development is currently in sight for Huawei. No Huawei smartphones came onto the German market in 2021.

The triumphant advance of Chinese brands over the German smartphone market does not seem to be over for a long time. Oppo in particular, which works together with Vivo and Oneplus more or less under the umbrella of the BBK Group, has strong ambitions to play a major role in the next few years. Worldwide, Oppo is already in fifth place in the smartphone ranking, as described above.


In Germany, however, the brand seems to be having a hard time. Smartphones from Oppo can be purchased from German retailers today, but in our tests we almost always criticized the too high price, considering the fact that the manufacturer in this country is still far from having a standing like Xiaomi or Oneplus. The models are definitely worth a look, at the latest when the street price has fallen noticeably.

Together with Oppo, Vivo is another “new” player on the German market. The similarities between Vivo smartphones and Oppo devices are striking – or vice versa, of course. That doesn’t make the models worse, but there are a few unique selling points. In addition, we often criticized the supplier’s asking prices that were too high in tests – as with Oppo.

Honor is returning as an independent smartphone brand – and apparently globally. That could mean that the US embargo no longer applies to Honor models, so upcoming Honor smartphones seem to be provided with Google services. More about this is expected to be heard at a global event in mid-August, when the Honor Magic 3 is also expected, a flagship smartphone with Snapdragon 888 and a special display that is rounded on all sides, through which a selfie cam could film invisibly. So far these are just rumors.

There are many alternatives, actually too many to keep track of. That is why we concentrate on the alternatives on the brands that are still most relevant for the German market. This includes the ZTE, which is represented in Germany but is barely visible, as well as Cubot, Ulefone, Blackview, Oukitel and Umidigi. It quickly becomes apparent that the very popular smartphones from these brands include a large number of really cheap devices.

However, if you really want to save, look at import dealers like Banggood around. These often undercut the local dealers quite a bit or carry more exotic smartphones that have never officially made it to Germany. But be careful: it sometimes happens that the same models here and in Asia have different names. Even more rarely it can happen that they have the same name but have different hardware. Since such dealers are increasingly shipping from European warehouses, there are no import and customs costs.

We have collected seven particularly popular smartphones from 80 to just under 400 euros on Banggood.

The future of the Chinese cell phones remains exciting, precisely because their manufacturers are increasingly taking budget into their own hands in order to strengthen their brand awareness in Germany. Basically, however, this is good news for customers, because competition is known to stimulate business.

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