According to new research from Nielsen, 37 percent of mobile subscribers in Russia owned a smartphone as of the first half of 2012.
China was the only country among BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) markets where smartphones were predominant, owned by 66 percent of Chinese mobile subscribers as of the first half of 2012. That would help explain that iPhone 5 was sold much more times in China than in Russia over the first weekend in stores.
The mobile devices with no touchscreen, QWERTY keypad or operating system (so called ‘feature phones’) were dominant in both India and Russia, owned by 80 percent and 51 percent of mobile subscribers, respectively.
In Russia, an Android-based smartphone currently costs $100 and up.