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

by: Varun RajDecember 3, 2012

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.

  • Alexey Maklakov

    1,5 years of developing russian MIUI community ( show us a lot of user demands to have better user experience in Android smartphones (even if they have HTC or Samsung). We try & use a lot of chinese devices and software including Xiaomi and keep going in adoption them for other devices and markets. I think that Xiaomi already done a good job in service and usability and also believe in potential for the same solutions for low and middle price smartphones.

    • MasterMuffin

      I like MIUI, I have MIUI rom in my sgs2 :)

  • Naka

    why dont google pair up with these companies and create their next Nexus phone
    selling around around $100 with quad core , 5″ , 1920x1080p resolution and 3500mAH battery or something

    ITs just what I think guys……….what do u say

    I’ll buy chinese if the build quality is very good

    • njren

      Because Meizu and Oppo aren’t interested in low-cost, low-margin manufacturing; they are trying to build high value businesses based on quality devices and user experience. Xiaomi is a little different; they OEM their phones with Foxconn and sell them primarily to push their Android-based MIUI into as many hands as possible. Meizu and Oppo design and build their devices themselves. All three are intent on building a community of users, with Meizu and Xiaomi the most successful. Meizu, for example, announced they are approaching 300 million downloads from their app store and three million registrations on their user forum.

    • galaxy

      because cost of manufacturing quad core processor 3500mah battery and 5″ full hd screen is much over 100 dollars, thats why this is not possible. if you are expecting quality you have to pay for it. 400 dolars for MX2 sounds very reasonable, especiall because processor comes from Samsung not from unknown chinese suppliers. I can buy next chinese but only if parts will come from reliable producers.

  • I really like that 4.3″ 720p LCD in the Xiaomi MI-2. I wish some other phone makers would use that part.