Smartphone shipments to Russia drop 38% due to company withdrawals

Russia saw a 38% drop in smartphone imports in the first half of this year amid the release of major brands following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to business daily Kommersant. reported Wednesday citing research conducted by GS Group.

The decline was particularly pronounced for cheaper smartphones with a 56% drop in shipments of devices worth less than 10,000 rubles ($160).

Russian tech company GS Group reportedly linked lower imports to producer Samsung exiting the Russian market, as well as Chinese brands Xiaomi and Realmi cutting supplies.

Lower segment phones accounted for 27% of all devices imported into Russia so far this year, according to Kommersant. This compared to 38% in the first half of 2021.

GS Group said in May that imports of push-button cellphones increased by 43% in the first three months of this year, amid fears of supply chain disruptions following the invasion of Ukraine and the Western sanctions.

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