Text by Lin Yuan
Amidst the hustle and bustle of Mobile World Congress 2012, held recently in Barcelona, a 6-meter-tall Pegasus statue attracted considerable attention. Interestingly, the black horse with wings was built using more than 3,000 Huawei Ascend D quad handsets. Statue aside, outstanding performances of the quad-core processors and touchscreens of this phone, and products of other Chinese smartphone brands, such as ZET and Coolpad, also amazed many attendees. More and more overseas media started shifting focus to the Chinese smartphone industry.
According to a report released by iiMEDIA Research, in 2011, more than 30 percent of Chinese Android OS users owned Chinese smartphones manufactured by three domestic brands: Huawei (11.4%), ZET (9.8%) and Coolpad (9.2%). It’s safe to say that the Chinese mobile phone industry is soaring thanks to creativity and innovation.
When Chinese mobile phones are mentioned, many arrive at the “shanzhai” (knockoff) stereotype immediately. Indeed, the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has seen frequent controversy along its journey to becoming the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturing and export base. However, upon......