- Published on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 14:25
Makers are also offering price-competitive models that integrate value add-ons.
- Smartphone shift: While feature phones dominate China’s exports, smartphones are rising as makers expand into the high end. Models in this category employ advanced chipsets, integrate 3.5 to 5in capacitive touchscreens and run on Android 2.3 or 4.0 OS.
- Low-priced, high-value units: China manufacturers are turning out handsets packed with more functions yet priced competitively. Entry-level variants, which are usually quoted below $15, come with an FM radio, an MP3/MP4 player, a camera and WAP.
- Increased user-friendliness: More suppliers are designing models for children and the elderly. Units targeting the latter incorporate large screens and keys, and support long standby time. Some even feature an SOS button for emergency calls. Models for children enable location-based services.
- Sales projection: Companies expect the growing popularity of smartphones to increase revenue by 10 to 30 percent in the months ahead. This is despite the falling market share of feature phones, which account for 70 to 80 percent of suppliers’ output.
Chuang Shi Ji Technology Group Ltd
Description: GSM+W-CDMA dual-SIM, -standby; 3.5in capacitive touchscreen; dual cameras, GPS, G-sensor, Bluetooth
Fujian Loyal Co. Ltd
Description: GSM/DCS dual-SIM, -standby; touchscreen, FM radio, MP3/MP4 player, SOS emergency call
KVD International Group Ltd
Description: GSM quadband; Spreadtrum SC6600L7 chipset; 2in TFT screen; 1.3MP CMOS camera, FM radio; WAP 2.0
Shenzhen Chenbao Electronics Co. Ltd
Model: Panda G1
Description: MediaTek MT6252D or Spreadtrum SC6620 chipset; digital camera, loudspeaker; optional quadband
Shenzhen Diadem Technology Co. Ltd
Description: Dual-SIM, -standby; Spreadtrum SC6610 chipset; 1.77in QCIF screen; FM radio, 300,000-pixel camera
U-Force Holdings Ltd
Model: Spyder II
Description: Dual-SIM, -standby; 2.3in touchscreen; QWERTY keypad, FM radio, dual cameras; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth; Java
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