There is marketing and then there is spinning the truth. While Nokia might want us to believe that there are 1 million people in China eagerly waiting for the Nokia X, the truth, as well as the numbers, might actually be a lot less than that.
It seems that Chinese manufacturer OPPO is really trying to build up the hype around its upcoming Find 7 smartphone. This close to the scheduled unveiling, the company has started sending out invitations to Chinese media and bloggers that isn't what you'd call conventional.
In China, Qualcomm is facing difficulties surrounding perceived price fixing. Anti-monopoly regulators in China have accused Qualcomm of overcharging, and abusing their market position as a leading chipset manufacturer. It’s part of an ongoing effort to protect Chinese consumers from pricing which could get out of hand.
Xiaomi has recently hit our radars for outing its first smartphone to be launched outside of its main Chinese market, the Xiaomi Redmi, basically a rebranded Hongmi. Now the Chinese manufacturer is giving the Hongmi another spin by releasing a variant that swaps out its beating heart.
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has finally revealed more details about its new Redmi brand. What was launched in China as the "Red Rice" Hongmi will soon be making its way in other parts of the world, making Singapore its first stop in world domination.
Like many technology companies and, indeed, like its biggest rival Qualcomm, MediaTek is reported to be eyeing the wearable device market. The difference, however, is that the Taiwanese chip maker is targeting not the mainstream markets in the west but the large yet largely untested waters of China.
Huawei has been cranking out new devices on a fairly regular schedule. Just in the previous few weeks we saw the Ascend P6S and Ascend Mate 2. But along with smartphones and phablets, Huawei also has some devices in the tablets space. And judging from a recently discovered Tenaa filing, we may soon see an announcement for the MediaPad X1.
Samsung loves its flagship devices, it really does. So much that it tries to make use of their names years after the devices themselves have gone out of fashion. This looks like the case with this new Galaxy S III Neo+, a refurbished smartphone from 2012, just with an added extra SIM card slot.
If you want an idea of just how attractive China is to OEMs, look no further than Huawei. The company, which is almost wholly focussed on the Chinese market, announced their unaudited earnings for 2013 yesterday. Profits are way up, and their growth goals are right on target. This from a company that has withdrawn from the most lucrative market for consumer devices, and instead looks to an emerging China for answers.
If you thought earnings from the likes of Samsung were impressive, we’d like to point you to Xiaomi. The Chinese carrier sold 18.7 million smartphones in 2013, a 160% increase form 2012. December alone saw the company selling 3.2 million handsets, helping to annihilate their aim of 15 million. While they don’t hold a candle to Samsung’s incredible dominance, it’s important to keep in mind Xiaomi is basically limited to China right now, and has only been in business since 2011.