|Customers check out applications on smart phones at a Docomo store in Ha Noi. — VNS Truong Vi
HA NOI (VNS) — Budget smartphone sales have risen significantly in the domestic market following the narrowing price gap between mobile phones and smartphones.
Handsets costing VND2 million to VND4 million have become more popular. The low-end market, particularly in rural areas, is driving sales growth, traders say.
Chinese and Vietnamese budget smartphones, which offer high-end devices at relatively low prices, have played a key role in the mushrooming growth.
Meanwhile, a few well known brands have introduced affordable models, such as Lumia 525, Nokia X, ASUS Zenfone and Galaxy Trend Plus.
In addition, strong discounts on some high-end models has also helped trigger sales.
According to a representative from The Gioi Di Dong Joint Stock Company, a prominent mobile phone retailer, the sales of its budget smartphones increased by 60 per cent in the first half of the year.
Deputy director of the company,Tran Kinh Doanh, said the smartphone segment in Viet Nam was still hot and would develop further.
Meanwhile, Nguyen Hoang Son, a sales representative from OneTouch, an online phone retailer in Ha Noi, said more budget smartphones were expected to make their debut by the end of July.
"Many thousands of new students will enrol in August and they are the potential buyers of budget smartphones," he added.
According to GfK, one of the world's largest research companies, Viet Nam ranks second among the fastest growing markets for smartphones in Southeast Asia, owing to the popularity of 3G (third generation network) and budget smartphones.
The German company reported that the top three growth markets for smartphones were Indonesia, Viet Nam and Thailand.
Meanwhile, the percentage of smartphone sold in Viet Nam in the first quarter surpassed sales of ordinary mobiles, reaching 55 per cent, the Germany-based market researcher reported.
GfK attributed the fast development of the smartphone market in Viet Nam to the increasing popularity of 3G, which according to the Ministry of Information and Communications, covers more than 80 per cent of Viet Nam's territory. — VNS