Chinese smartphone market heats up as Xiaomi, Meizu and Oppo introduce new smartphones

December 3, 2012
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Three major Chinese smartphone makers including Meizu, Oppo, and Xiaomi have already introduced their new flagship Android devices, each one targeting the Chinese market in the coming months. These devices are not only impressive due to their design but are also packed with some remarkable specifications that put them in the same league as other popular Android devices.

First off is Xiaomi which has already released its Mi2 smartphone in the market. Xiaomi is facing production problems and it is likely that it won’t be able to meet the full demand due to limited supply, which is expected to carry over to early 2013 according to company sources. Xiaomi has introduced a mid-ranged smartphone too called the Mi1S.

Next up is Oppo which is set to announce its next generation flagship smartphone on December 12. Oppo’s Find 5 handset that will be announced soon is expected to have a 5-inch 1080 display that will be similar to the one found on HTC DROID DNA and HTC Butterfly J. Oppo’s Find 5 with its 1080p screen will one up its rivals from Xiaomi and Meizu which only have 720p displays.

Meizu on the other hand has already revealed its MX2 smartphone (image above), which costs RMB 2,499 ($400). MX2 features Samsung’s MX5S quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 4.4-inch display, and 8-megapixel camera that will surely make it a hit among Chinese shoppers.

All of the smartphones that have been introduced by Chinese manufacturers run on Android but out of the three companies Xiaomi and Meizu have built their own skins on top of the OS, just like Samsung and HTC, to give it an exclusive look. These local smartphone manufacturers will obviously help Google’s Android in getting more market share in the local Chinese market where it has already been a dominant platform.

China right now is the largest smartphone market of the world. According to recent estimates, there are over 200 million smartphone users in the country, which is higher than U.S. smartphone market – good news for these manufacturers. However, each company will try to beat the other to acquire the top spot in the world’s most populated country. The smartphone war in China is just getting started and we don’t see an end to it anytime soon.

These three new smartphones are impressive and could be sold in other parts of the world too, provided these brands can prove to the world that they are competent enough and can produce phones that are equally good as those made by the main league players. That’s a tricky but not impossible task.

Let us know if you are ready to try these phones and why.

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