A ton of smartphones are sold in China, not just by global brands like Samsung but also by indigenous handset vendors like Huawei, Xiaomi, and Oppo.
So, with all these choices, can you guess which company offers the best Android smartphone to Chinese consumers? By "best" I mean superior performance, battery life, and display quality, thus providing the user the best in browsing, infotainment, messaging, and multimedia.
Well, who knows? That's why Tencent, China's Internet service provider, Qualcomm, and BDTI (Berkeley Design Technology, Inc.) set out to figure it out last year when the three companies founded the Mobile Experience Alliance.
By developing a new rating system called Certimo -- short for Certified Mobile Experience Rating -- for mobile devices, the Mobile Experience Alliance unveiled Sunday, February 23, the first ratings of 29 handsets.
The winner in the Certimo Overall Rating was Sony's Xperia Z1 L39h. Samsung came in the second with its Galaxy Note 3. The third place went to Sony, again, with its Xperia Z Ultra XL39h.
Certimo Overall Ratings
China's Tencent published the first set of Certimo ratings for Android smartphones to hundreds of millions of users on Tencent's QQ.com network. Details of the ratings are also available at Certimo's website here.
According to the alliance, the Certimo ratings provide "a single number summary rating that reflects the real-world user experiences that mobile devices deliver when performing the functions most frequently used by consumers — including application performance, web browsing, messaging, multimedia and infotainment."
The website also offers different rating results according to the following eight categories. They include: Certimo overall rating, performance, battery life, display quality, browsing experience, infotainment experience, messaging experience, and multimedia experience.
The idea is to let users sort out the ideal phone according to personal preference.
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