The name BBK Electronics might not be popular on the lips of many out there, but, if you’ve used an Oppo product before, or a Vivo smartphone, or even a OnePlus phone, or a Realme, or any device from their most recent brand, iQOO, then you’ve used a BBK Electronics product.
Who is BBK Electronics?
They used to be an electronics hardware manufacturing company that focuses on manufacturing audiovisual equipment and communication devices such as CDs, MP3 players, DVD players, etc, and other households electronic equipment.
Over the years, the company has expanded its activities and has graduated from being just a common household electronic equipment manufacturer to one of the world’s largest smartphone and electronic gadgets manufacturers. This growth has given birth to a handful of other subsidiary brands or companies such Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, Realme, and the most recent of them all, iQOO.
All BBK Electronics brands or subsidiaries.
The five different companies under the BBK Electronics conglomerate include, but are not limited to;
These companies operate and market their products (smartphones) independently under the BBK Electronics umbrella, but, they still share common resources among themselves, especially in terms of research and development.
Oppo was the first independent brand that was birth from this multinational company in 2004 leading in the production of audiovisual equipment such as MP3, DVD players, etc, while launching its first commercially available phone, the Oppo Smile phone in 2008.
Today, we have Oppo phones taking the lead in most markets, especially China and India, and they are available in various smartphone segments such as flagships with the Oppo Find X series, upper midrange with the Reno series, budget mid-range, and even entry-level segments.
In 2018, Oppo discontinued its audiovisual electronic equipment production business to focus solely on smartphones, and aside from smartphones, Oppo also produces other smart digital gadgets such as smartwatches, wireless earphones, wireless chargers, etc.
After Oppo was established, then we had Vivo, and after Vivo, then there was OnePlus, which was also formed as a subsidiary of Oppo before going fully independent.
OnePlus is the most recognized BBK Electronics brand outside its homeland, China, and that is because, from the very first day of its inception, OnePlus major focus was the Western market such as the USA, and it was able to garner a lot of fans for itself within the first few years of its inception, majorly because of its near-stock android custom UI, making it one of the fastest and smoothest android smartphones in the market then.
Realme is another brand that was given birth to by Oppo, it was founded in 2018 by Sky Li, former vice president of Oppo, when the brand started, its focus was majorly offering near-premium smartphone specs and hardware at lesser prices, and this motive helped them get a major stronghold in the Chinese market, just two years after its inception.
Today, Realme poses as a major threat to Xiaomi, and has further expanded its product portfolio by making and selling other smart accessories that go along with its smartphones such as the Realme watch, Realme wireless earbuds, etc.
On top of that, the brand has just even launched its first laptop in 2021, called the Realme Book or Realme Book Slim in some parts of the world, making it the first commercially available laptop in the BBK Electronics group.
Soon, they’ll also be unveiling the Realme Pad, the first android-powered tablet under the Realme brand, as well as the first tablet under the BBK Electronics umbrella.
And last, but not least is iQOO. iQOO used to be a sub-brand under Vivo, acting as a performance and gaming-focused branch of Vivo phones, not until February 2020 when they broke out to become an Independent brand on their own.
Till today, iQOO phones are still gaming-focused, competing majorly with the likes of the Xiaomi Black Shark series, the Nubia Red Magic, and even the Asus ROG phone series.
As of recently, iQOO has just announced its latest flagship phone, the iQOO 8 and 8 Pro, packing some badass specs like the latest Snapdragon 888+ chipset with up to 12GB of RAM, a 1440p display, and an insanely superfast 120W charging system that can refill its 4500mAh battery from 0 to 100% in just 18 mins.
As of 2021, BBK Electronics is on its way to becoming the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer if it manages to overtake both Xiaomi and Samsung.
BBK Electronics was founded by Chinese Billionaire, Duan Yongping.
The BBK Electronics group is headquartered in China, with their corporate address being, 23 Bubugao Avenue, Wusha Village, Chang’an Dist, Dongguan, 523860 China.
Yes, BBK Electronics used to be an electronics company manufacturing audiovisual electronic equipment such as DVD players, MP3 players, etc, but now they’re now a multinational Chinese conglomerate having other smaller companies to their name, such as Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, Realme, and iQOO.
As of 2021, there are currently five independent companies or brands under the BBK Electronics conglomerate, namely, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, Realme, and iQOO.
There is currently no specific figure of the BBK Electronics company for now, but, as of 2020, it was said to be the world’s their largest smartphone manufacturer, and according to Wikipedia, its founder Duan Yongping is said to be currently worth about $1.5 billion dollars.
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