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Past articles by Li:

Lenovo China’s smartphone head Chang Cheng joins rival Xiaomi as race for 5G heats up

Chang Cheng, who announced his departure as head of the smartphone unit of Lenovo China on the last day of 2019, has landed back in the industry as vice-president of bigger rival Xiaomi. → Read More

Huawei says relationship with Chinese government ‘no different’ from any other private company in China

While it did not deny receiving government assistance, Huawei said on Thursday that all tech companies in China, including foreign ones, were entitled to similar subsidies. → Read More

Apple takes two thirds of the pie in global smartphone profits with only 12 per cent market share, says report

It might only have a 12 per cent market share in global smartphone shipments, but US technology giant Apple captured 66 per cent of industry profits and 32 per cent of the overall revenue in the third quarter of 2019, according to a new report from Counterpoint Research. → Read More

Meet the ‘godfather’ of China’s smartphone industry

Over a span of about 10 years, Chinese smartphone brands have not only topped sales in their home market, but also outshone major foreign rivals in many emerging and developed economies. ... → Read More

Huawei to push AI, Schubert in upcoming Mobile World Congress publicity amid US indictments

Huawei to release its first foldable 5G phone and showcase 5G achievements at four-day event in Spain → Read More

How the US indictments may play out for Huawei

Huawei Technologies could face repercussions that are more severe than rival ZTE Corp if it is found guilty of violating sanctions on Iran, industry watchers say, because the US political climate has become more negative and wary of China’s technological and economic ambitions.... → Read More

Analysts expect iPhone price cuts in China as Apple seeks to revive sales

Apple is expected to pursue iPhone price cuts in China and other markets, as the US technology giant suffered a decline in sales of its flagship product in the quarter ended December, according to analysts.... → Read More

Behind the rise of China’s smartphone brands lies growing unease over country’s tech gains

Like many urban Chinese consumers, Shenzhen civil servant Gao Jian has had a long-held belief that the quality of domestic smartphone brands paled in comparison with foreign brands, especially Apple.... → Read More

US indictment against Huawei shows FBI interviewed founder in 2007, reviewed text from Meng Wanzhou’s electronic device

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents interviewed the founder of Huawei Technologies in New York in 2007 about the company’s dealings with Iran, and reviewed a file from an electronic device belonging to its chief financial officer in 2014, according to an indictment filed by the US against the Chinese telecommunications company.... → Read More

Huawei charges are US attempt to smear Chinese companies, Beijing says

China has vowed to defend the interests of Chinese companies and expressed its concern after the United States’ announcement of criminal charges against telecoms giant Huawei, denouncing the move as politically motivated and immoral.... → Read More

China’s work ethic stretches beyond 996 as tech companies feel the impact of slowdown

For Keith Ding, who works for a big Chinese tech company, the country’s infamous 996 work culture – where employees are expected to be in the office from 9am to 9pm, six days a week – is not going away any time soon.... → Read More

Las Vegas street challenge: How much do Americans know about Chinese smartphone brands?

Our reporters ask holidaymakers on the Las Vegas Strip whether they would consider buying a Chinese smartphone → Read More

Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad seeks to reverses losses, eyes expansion in US, Europe

Loss-making Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad Group was once a leading player in the domestic market before intense competition forced it to seek greener pastures elsewhere. That turned out to be the US, where the Shenzhen-based company now derives about 90 per cent of its revenue.... → Read More

NXP and Qualcomm are duking it out in world’s biggest car market after China blocked tie-up of chip giants

The collapse of the US$44 billion bid by US chip giant Qualcomm for Dutch chip maker NXP Semiconductors after China failed to approve the deal has taken a new twist, as the two companies now find themselves fighting it out in the country’s red-hot automotive technology sector.... → Read More

Chinese budget smartphone brand Realme has Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe in its sights after sweeping India

Realme, the India-focused brand that shares the same owner as Chinese mobile phone maker Oppo, plans to expand its operations across Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe, following its success in the world’s second largest smartphone market.... → Read More

Huawei launches new laptop for US market as it struggles to sell telecoms gear, smartphones

Huawei Technologies, the largest smartphone vendor in China, has introduced a new laptop personal computer for the US market, as the company moves to build a business in the world’s biggest economy without the scrutiny that its telecommunications gear operation has attracted.... → Read More

Huawei unveils cutting edge chips and servers aimed at handling big data and AI tasks

Huawei Technologies, the world’s largest telecoms equipment vendor, on Monday unveiled a new self-designed CPU and server series, which it says sets new standards in terms of big data capacity and distributed storage.... → Read More

Chinese companies cool on annual CES Vegas tech show amid trade war and economic uncertainty

The dip in Chinese exhibitors comes amid a 90-day truce in the months-long US-China trade war, which has seen billions of dollars of tariffs slapped on goods → Read More

Huawei punishes two employees for using iPhone to send official company ‘Happy 2019’ tweet

Huawei Technologies, which is challenging Apple for the No 2 spot in global smartphones sales, has demoted and cut the salaries of two employees who sent out a New Year tweet using an Apple iPhone. ... → Read More

Not just the slowing Chinese economy to blame for slower iPhone sales – other factors at play

While Apple chief executive Tim Cook blamed a weak Chinese economy for a downgrade in revenue guidance for the quarter ending December, analysts say he may be glossing over strategy missteps and the effects of fierce competition from fast-improving Chinese smartphone brands.... → Read More