There were 104.7 million smartphones shipped in the China market during the first quarter of 2016, slipping 11.2% on quarter but growing 20.1% on year and accounting for 33.8% of global total, according to Digitimes Research.
Digi Times — Shipments of smartphones in China grew 11.5% sequentially to 119 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015, buoyed by an increase of 54.5 million new 4G/3G service subscribers due to preferential packages launched by China Mobile, according to Digitimes Research.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Mobile phone industry players of India and China will deliberate on cooperation opportunities to enhance handset manufacturing eco-system in the country. “Chinese companies are keen to participate in the ‘Make in India’ campaign and establish mobile handset & component manufacturing facilities here,” Mobile World (Shoujibao) Shenzhen Founder & CEO Wu said in a statement.
Digi Times — China had 1.3 billion mobile communication service subscribers as of the end of September 2015, growing 0.28% sequentially and 2.14% on year. Of the subscribers, 427.41 million (32.88%) and 302.39 million (23.26%) used 3G and 4G services respectively, and 948.07 million (72.94%) were mobile Internet-access users, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
Digi Times — China-based smartphone vendor Meizu Technology has unveiled a new model, the Meilan Metal, the first model it developed jointly with e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, according to China-based Beijing Morning Post. The Meilan Metal, targeting the CNY1,000 (US$158) segment, is powered by a MediaTek 64-bit Octa-core Helio X10 CPU, running on Alibaba’s YunOS.
China’s ecommerce titan Alibaba started the week by announcing a US$590 million investment in phone maker Meizu. It gives Alibaba a “minority” but undisclosed stake in the smartphone company. Alibaba says it and Meizu will “collaborate at both strategic and business levels” in areas such as “ecommerce, mobile internet, mobile operating system, and data analysis.” In addition, Alibaba’s Tmall and Taobao estores, which collectively have 334 million active shoppers, will play host to Meizu’s online stores.
The upcoming Meizu M1 Note Mini is said to rival the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 2. According to reports, the Meizu phone visited the GFXBench benchmark testing site where the handset’s key specs and features were revealed. It’s said to sport a 4.7-inch glass display with 768 x The Meizu M1 Note Mini will also have a quad-core MediaTek MT6732 Cortex A53-ARMv7 processor at 1.5 GHz under the hood.
Meizu has unveiled the M1 Note for Mainland China sale earlier this week, and it looks even more like an Apple clone than other Meizu devices already do. The similarities are puzzling, making it seem as if Meizu worked hard to make the M1 Note look identical to the iPhone 5C, even adding the same five colors. Apple has still not released sale numbers for the iPhone 5C, but it has left an impression on Meizu at least.
Despite having strong performance thanks to iPhone sales, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has been aggressively helping its China-based smartphone clients such as Xiaomi, Meitu, Oppo and Meizu boost their sales and is looking to increase the revenue contribution from non-Apple players, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Since most of these vendors are mainly selling their smartphones domestically, helping them to sell their products to non-China markets has become a new business direction that Foxconn is looking to expand in the future, the sources noted.
The most fierce and fascinating tech battle going on in China right now is for US$300 smartphones. Despite the low price tag, these phones have grand ambitions and big muscles – enough for them to steal sales away from Samsung, HTC, and even the iPhone. While that’s good news for consumers, it’s a tall order for phone-makers to make a phone for that little money which still feels ‘premium’. US$300 is the new high-end for many in China; shoppers have big demands of these phones.
Chinese phone-maker Meizu today unveiled its newest flagship smartphone, the MX4. After years of pricing its flagship at around the US$400 mark, Meizu is this time slashing the price-tag in an apparent attempt to compete with Xiaomi. The new MX4, featuring a 5.36-inch screen and an octa-core processor, starts at only RMB 1,799, which is US$292 for the 16GB model. The 32GB version is just a few bucks more at RMB 1,999 (US$325). That makes it cheaper than the new Xiaomi Mi4, which starts at RMB 1,999 (US$325).