Great coverage, Junko! It's rare to see any in-depth interviews with these sorts of folks.
It will be interesting to see whether ZTE will make any smartphone silicon like Huawei. And I wonder, what's so cool about the Xiomi phones.
Permit me to regale you with a relevant joke. Two Russian businessmen meet and talk:
"Thanks, I got it in Paris for $2000"
"You fool, you could get the same tie in Moscow for $4000!"
The point of this story is that the 'tall and rich' young people seek products that confer status on the buyer and therefore high price is not an issue. I don't think it makes sense but I suspect that's the target audience of the Xiaomi smartphone.