Great story. Boasting features comparable to the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III but retailing at half the price, new smartphones from China are good buys for the budget-conscious. http://www.globalsources.com/NEWS/China-smartphones-face-off-101012.html
@docdivakar. The first thing to remember about China's mobile market is that consumers go out and buy their favorite phones -- regardless the carriers. So whatever "connections" each of those handset vendors has with carriers doesn't really matter.
Young people do recycle their models every several months -- just like U.S. So, there is really not much different.
Of course, I am talking about the trend in the big cities I have been to. Things may be differnt in the deep country side. But again, the majority of smartphone markets are in big cities at the moment...
Some are offering both. One thing you should remember, though, is that there is no R&D involved for these system guys. Companies like MediaTek give phone vendors (and tablet makers) the turnkey solutions. Yes, often times, they are using the same platform.
"if any vendor neglect the LTE-TDD development, their market share will be limited. Let's see what iPhone will do in this market."
I think that Clearwire is going with LTE-TDD and Sprint has an agreement with them to offload their LTE network.
So any phone that supports Sprint (which includes the iPhone5) probably has to support LTE-TDD.
"what I find surprising is that Samsung has big market share in China in spite of Huawei and ZTE homegrown brands."
No surprise here. From where I sit, smartphones are fashion accessories that just happen to include technology, and the purchase decision is often made for fashion reasons.
People over here often buy phones because they are "cool", and the coolness factor is critical. Purchasers gratifying that desire want something at least as cool as and preferably cooler than the ones used by their friends.
Given that, it it a surprise that a world-wide brand name will get market share? I very much doubt Chinese consumers are that different from those elsewhere.
@junko: I am curious, are these China handset makers offering only mobile phones or do they also offer phones & tablets like Apple & Samsung do? If it is the latter, are they leveraging the invested R&D in processors and using the same processor platforms for both?
@junko: what I find surprising is that Samsung has big market share in China in spite of Huawei and ZTE homegrown brands. What would be nice to know is how these handset makers differ in their business models with carriers in China. Obviously some of them are showing losses but I don't know if Samsung is doing any better in China.
I realize many of these models are few years old in China... how often to consumers recycle their old with the new handsets?