Digitimes Research: China smartphone shipments increase 11.5% on quarter in 4Q15

ChinaDigi 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.


China mobile phone users reach 1.3 billion in September, says MIIT

ChinaDigi 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).


Google Play may pay subsidy to enter China

ChinaSearch engine Google is reportedly in talks with Chinese phone makers on introducing its Play app store to the country, where the mobile market has recorded explosive growth, according to Shanghai’s China Business News. Sources told the newspaper that three of China’s six major handset makers–ZTE, Huawei, Coolpad, Lenovo, Vivo and Oppo–received offers from Google, which would pay US$1 for each phone that is pre-installed with a version of Google Play. “For Chinese handset makers that post thin margins, a subsidy of 6 yuan (US$1) is a lot,” said Wang Yanhui, director of Mobile China Alliance.


OnePlus to launch OnePlus Two smartphone with 4GB RAM

ChinaNow the company has announced the successor of OnePlus One named ‘OnePlus Two’ priced at USD 538. One Plus Two  feature a 5.5-inch full HD LTPS display with 2,560 X 1,440 pixels resolution.  The device is be clocked at Snapdragon 810 processor with 4GB RAM. Rumours suggests that smartphone will run on Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat Operating System, while some are speculating that it will run on company’s custom platform.


Smartphone boom in Vietnam benefits Chinese brands

VietnamIt plans to market products this year selling from several million dong to dozens of millions of dong to target different groups of customers. Shawn Shu, a Huawei senior executive, said it would have been easier for Huawei to join the Vietnamese market some years ago. Meanwhile, the market has become too competitive with the presence of “big guys”. The low-cost market segment, priced at below VND4 million, was once dominated by Vietnamese and Chinese brands. However, Microsoft has jumped on the bandwagon.


Chinese phone maker threatens legal action against Polaroid for ripping off rotating camera design

In an ironic twist, a Chinese smartphone maker has all but accused an American brand of infringing on its patents. Shenzhen-based Oppo is now weighing the possibility of filing a lawsuit against Polaroid for the latter’s new phone unveiled at CES last week. The Polaroid Selfie touts a rotating camera, which “has a remarkably similar design to the patented rotating camera phone Oppo N1,” according to a statement from Oppo.


China vendor Oppo to ship 50 million smartphones in 2015, say sources

China-based handset vendor Oppo is expected to ship up to 50 million smartphones in 2015 compared to 25-30 million units shipped in the previous year. For total shipments in 2015, 35 million units will be sold domestically and the remaining 15 million shipped to overseas markets, according to sources at the handset supply chains in Taiwan and China.


China market: Local vendors to roll out ultra-thin smartphones

China-based smartphone vendors, including Huawei, Oppo, Gionee and Vivo, are engaging in a race to roll out ultra-thin models, a job which has been played mainly by international brands, according to industry sources. Oppo launched its ultra-thin model, the Oppo R5, recently, which has a thickness of 4.85mm, breaking the previous record of 5.15mm realized by Gionee on its Elife S5.1, a model released in early 2014.


OnePlus has sold 500,000 phones so far, half of them in China

OnePlus has sold just over 500,000 phones since the new Chinese brand hit the market in 16 countries in May. Carl Pei, OnePlus’ co-founder, revealed the number to Forbes and said that the plan is to sell one million by the end of the year. Pei explained to Tech in Asia via email that half of those phones sold are in China.  OnePlus makes only one gadget at the moment, the Android-based OnePlus One, which has received largely positive reviews from around the world for being a solid yet powerful phone for just US$300. Our review is here.


Oppo launches world’s thinnest smartphone (VIDEO)

SHANGHAI, Nov 1 — At 4.85mm thick, the R5 from Chinese manufacturer Oppo is the new slimmest smartphone on the planet. The device is marginally thinner than the previous champions, the Kazam Tornado 348 and Gionee Elife S5.1, both with a thickness of 5.15mm. The new record holder will go on sale before the end of the year for just under US$500 (RM1,654).


Oppo steps up its game by releasing a new flagship Android model and the world’s thinnest smartphone

Oppo, the premium smartphone brand company from China, has unveiled a new flagship model, the N3, at a regional launch event in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.  Just like its predecessor, the N3 Android smartphone has a single rotating camera that doubles up as both the front and back camera.  The camera has been improved in two ways — it has been bumped to 16-megapixel and it’s now auto-rotating. Users no longer have to manually rotate the device to capture a panoramic image, as the auto-rotation feature will easily handle this.


U Mobile partners with Oppo Mobile Malaysia

U Mobile Sdn Bhd is collaborating with Oppo Mobile Malaysia to offer bundle plans for the Oppo Joy and Oppo Neo 5 smartphones, the first local telco to do so. “U Mobile and Oppo both strongly believe in delivering best value offerings at the most affordable prices to our customers and that has become the main foundation of this partnership,” said U Mobile chief marketing officer Jasmine Lee.


OPPO Mobiles launches Diwali contest

NEW DELHI: Chinese mobile devices company OPPO on Thursday launched a social media Diwali contest, which allows consumers to win home digitization products worth Rs 5 lakhs while 10 other lucky winners can take home an OPPO N1 signed by brand ambassador Hrithik Roshan.  Consumers who buy OPPO mobile phones from online and offline channels starting October 17 till Diwali would be eligible to participate in the contest, the company said in a statement.


Foxconn assisting China smartphone vendors, looking to reduce reliance on Apple

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.


15 new Asian smartphone makers hoping to crush Samsung and Apple

Samsung is the world’s – and Asia’s – top smartphone maker. But there are a lot of rival phone-makers out there aiming to dethrone the likes of Samsung and Apple. That competition is especially strong across Asia, where a number of relatively new phone-makers are playing to their strengths in home markets, aiming to get consumers hooked on their own keenly-priced but strongly-specced devices. Let’s look at 15 of the strongest new contenders across Asia. They’re all – individually and collectively – keen to steal sales from more established phone-makers. To quote a Bob Marley song: If you are a big tree, we are a small axe, sharp and ready, ready to cut you down.


Digitimes Research: China smartphone vendors turning to retail and online channels for better profits

Because telecom carriers in China have sharply reduced subsidies to smartphone purchasing, China-based smartphone vendors, which used to cooperate tightly with telecom carriers and adopted a strategy of flooding the market with multiple smartphone models, are turning to marketing through retail and online channels, significantly reducing the number of smartphone models customized specifically for telecom carriers, according to Digitimes Research’s recent findings.


OPPO-rtunistic: China smartphone heavyweight set for Australian launch

The Chinese smartphone market is both the fastest growing and largest globally. Established electronic brands such as Samsung and Apple are placing a greater focus on these markets, but the leviathans are losing out to local Chinese smartphone companies, such as Xiaomi and Oppo. Xiaomi may have been crowned the number one smartphone vendor in China recently, but it is Oppo who will sell its smartphones to the western world first. Good Gear Guide has received an invitation to Oppo’s Australian launch. The event is scheduled within a fortnight on 2 September.


Oppo Find 7 arrives in Philippines, 2nd market in Asia for the 2k screen phone

Chinese phone maker Oppo continues its expansion in Asia since its series of launches in the region towards the end of 2013. Yesterday, Oppo launched its flagship 2k HD screen phone, the Find 7, in the Philippines. The Philippines is only the second launch country for the Find 7 after China. It’s priced at Php 22,990 (US$519). Starting today, the Oppo Find 7 is available nationwide through various smartphone dealers. Earlier this year, other Oppo models like the Find 5 and N1 went on sale in the country, but without the hype and noise of the Find 7 launch.