Chinese investors take full control of YotaDevices, the maker of Russia’s first international smartphone

Rostec, a major Russian tech corporation, has sold its 25.1% stake in mobile device maker YotaDevices to a consortium that includes Chinese companies Trinity World Management (TWM) and China Baoli.

The deal, which was announced in late July, valued Rostec’s stake at “over 3 billion rubles” (approximately $47 million at the current exchange rate), which the Russian corporation will receive in cash and China Baoli equity stake.

The consortium will get a controlling stake in the company, while Rostec will “retain the key technology elements and the possibility of their application in areas of strategic importance” for the Russian company.

A former division of Russian LTE operator Yota (Scartel), Yota Devices emerged in 2012 as Russia’s first mobile phone maker with serious international ambitions. The company was propelled into the international limelight in late 2012 when it unveiled its YotaPhone, Russia’s first Android-powered dual-screen (LCD and EPD) smartphone supporting GSM, 3G, and LTE standards.
The Chinese company was expected to help develop and market new products, but the mass production of YotaDevices’s newest product, the YotaPhone 3, has been delayed due to a lack of financing.
Nevertheless, “the demand for the [device] is much higher than the sales of previous smartphone versions, i.e. the volume of pre-orders in China only for the first month of sales exceeded 100,000 units,” Rostec stated last month.

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