China white-box smartphone vendors lower prices to cope with increasing competition

ChinaDigi Times — China-based white-box smartphone vendors, under increasing competition from vendors including Huawei Device, Lenovo, Xiaomi Technology and Coolpad as well as Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, have reduced ex-factory quotes, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Quotes for a 5-inch white-box smartphone, for example, have reached as low as US$35, the sources said.

Xiaomi to push India sales via own e-commerce site

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Xiaomi, China’s leading smartphone maker, plans to ramp up sales in India through its own e-commerce site, although it has no immediate plans to trim offerings with retail partners Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal, a top company executive told ET. “Xiaomi is keen to sell more products in India through and grow its e-commerce business,” Manu Jain, India operations head, told ET.

Xiaomi said to release notebook in 2016 with help from Inventec and Foxconn

ChinaDigi Times — China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi reportedly is planning to launch a notebook in 2016 and is currently developing the device jointly with its ODM partners Inventec and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry). So far, the notebook’s mass production schedule has yet to be confirmed, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Xiaomi looking to start Africa sales in the autumn

ChinaWant China Times — After entering emerging markets such as India and Brazil, leading Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is gunning for the African market as early as September, reports the Shanghai-based China Business News. Xiaomi reportedly will introduce the Xiaomi 2 and 4 smartphones to African counties, priced at US$160 and US$320, respectively.

Xiaomi’s bottleneck appears inevitable as rivals catch up

ChinaWant China Times — The growth of leading Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has been slowing down as the country’s smartphone market becomes saturated and domestic rivals Huawei, Meizu and Lenovo catch up with innovative models and diversified sales channels, reports the Guangzhou-based 21st Century Business Herald. Xiaomi sold 34.7 million handsets in the first half of the year, 33% growth over the same period last year.

Chinese vendors triple smartphone share in India

IndiaChinese vendors tripled shipments year-on-year in the second quarter in the Indian market, indicating that low-cost vendors are posing a challenge to global players like Apple in a very price-sensitive market. The Chinese vendors have been successful by a combination of strategies, including online flash sales and by pushing low-cost 4G phones, priced at between US$100-150, a market that was unattended by Indian and global vendors, according to research firm IDC.

China’s Xiaomi to unveil its first India-made phone

IndiaIndia Times — MUMBAI: Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc will unveil its first phone to be manufactured in India on Monday, as it looks to expand aggressively in the world’s third-largest smartphone market amid slowing growth in China.  “Will be launching Xiaomi’s first India manufactured phone tomorrow in Vishakhapatnam,” N. Chandrababu Naidu, chief minister of southern Andhra Pradesh state, tweeted late on Sunday.

Chinese smartphone makers moving into fast-growing Indian market

IndiaMany Chinese smartphone makers have entered India or are set to make inroads there to take advantage of the country’s rapid growth in demand for smartphones and low labor costs. Leading Chinese mobile phone manufacturers Xiaomi, Lenovo, Huawei and Coolpad have expanded into India, while Taiwanese Hon Hai Group, which operates many its factories in China churning out iPhones and iPads for Apple, and Shanghai HuaQin Telecom technology are planning to set up assembly lines in the country.

Xiaomi develops its own smartphone processors

China.gifWant China Times — China’s leading smartphone maker Xiaomi is accelerating the development of mobile phone processors. It is also likely to roll out its own chips developed in house early next year, as it was just licensed by ARM, a world leader in microprocessor intellectual property, to access the full series of kernels for cell phone chips, reports Guangzhou’s 21st Century Business Herald, citing remarks made August 4 by the secretary general of the Mobile Phone China Alliance.

Huawei, Xiaomi to hike adoption of in-house-developed smartphone APs

China.gifDigi Times — Huawei Technologies and Xiaomi Technology are expected to increase adoption of in-house-developed ARM-architecture application processors (APs) in their own-brand smartphones. Huawei’s subsidiary IC designer HiSilicon Technologies has improved its technological capability and Xiaomi has obtained licenses from China-based Leadcore Technology to develop own-use APs, according to Taiwan-based IC design houses.

Price war brings lower profits, consolidation to mobile chip makers

APACLeading mobile phone chip suppliers have seen the impact of a price war that has led to consolidation in the sector, according to Shanghai’s China Business News. Taiwan-based chip designer MediaTek recorded a 13% year-on-year sales decline and a 49.2% drop in net profits when reporting its second-quarter results, while US-based Qualcomm saw sales and net profit drop 14% and 47%, respectively, during its fiscal third quarter, the paper said.

Xiaomi reportedly developing ARM solutions, paper says

China.gifDigi Times — Xiaomi is engaged in the development of mobile processors based on the ARM chip architecture, and is expected to have the first in-house developed chips for handsets in early 2016, a 21st CenturyBusiness Herald report quoted sources from China’s handset industry as saying. Xiaomi has obtained the right to gain access to ARM processor technology, the report said. The report did not say specifically whether Xiaomi has an in-house chip design team.

Xiaomi, Huawei push Apple to third spot in world’s biggest smartphone market

ChinaTimes of India — SHANGHAI: Two Chinese smartphone makers pushed US technology giant Apple into third place in the world’s biggest market in the second quarter, an independent analyst firm said Monday. Xiaomi, known for delivering high-performance products at cheap prices, was the largest smartphone vendor in China based on shipments with a 15.9% market share in the April-June period, Canalys said in a press release.

None of China’s virtual telecom operators are making money

ChinaTech In Asia — For years, China’s telecom industry has been dominated by the three state-owned giants: China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile. So there was a lot of excitement when, last year, it seemed like internet companies would be given the chance to run their own telecom networks. Granted, these new virtual telecom operators would still have lease network infrastructure from one of the “big three,” but many felt that it would still be good to get some new blood in the telecom industry – especially after Xiaomi became one of the companies granted a license.

China’s Xiaomi will strengthen IP ahead of US entry

ChinaThe Star — BEIJING: Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc is strengthening its patents in preparation for its entry into the US market, head of international operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg Television, without offering a time table. The company has already encountered intellectual property hurdles in India, where a patent infringement complaint from telecom equipment giant Ericsson briefly halted sales of its handsets late last year.

Xiaomi publishes 9 smart car patents, will not make cars

ChinaWant China Times — China’s leading smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi, has had nine patents related to its new smart vehicle venture published recently through China’s national patent system. The company has clarified that is aiming to develop the “internet of vehicles” but will not itself manufacture the vehicles, reports Beijing-based news agency Caixin Online.

Xiaomi to launch Mi TV and Mi Box in India

IndiaTimes of India — HYDERABAD: Chinese tech startup Xiaomi Corporation on Friday announced that it expects to launch its ‘Mi Box’, that converts a TV into a smart device, in India by the end of this year following which it will also roll out its ‘Mi TV’. “Our focus is not just phones but also on introducing new categories in India…something around TV and the routers etc.

Xiaomi’s Cryptography Deal Raises China Security Questions

China.gifChina Tech News — Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi signed a licensing deal this week with U.S.-based WhiteCryption to protect Xiaomi’s mobile application and data services. This agreement extends Xiaomi’s relationship with Intertrust Technologies Corporation, which owns WhiteCryption. Financial terms of the deal were not announced.

Xiaomi website overloaded on Brazil launch day

China.gifWant China Times — Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi’s online store in Brazil was overloaded on Tuesday, the first day its products were put on sale, due to a rush of customers. Xiaomi’s star model Redmi 2 was officially put on sale for the Brazilian market on its online store at 12:00am local time Tuesday. The first batch of smartphones were only for consumers with reservations, but the number of buyers trying to visit the website increased so fast that the online store was immediately overloaded. It returned to normal after an hour and a half.

Foxconn to roll out smartphones for Xiaomi in India: report

IndiaWant China Times — Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest contract electronics maker, will assemble smartphones in India for Chinese brand Xiaomi, according to a report posted Wednesday by India’s technology website TeleAnalysis. The report cited an unnamed official from Sri city as saying that since early June, Foxconn, known in Taiwan as Hon Hai Group, has been moving production facilities from its plant in Chennai to a new base located in Sri city,