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  • Branding, Electronics
    June 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Xiaomi: China’s Chic Smartphone Challenger

    Xiaomi's MiPop user magazine.

    Xiaomi is one of China’s best known mobile phone brands. China’s smartphone market is crowded with domestic and foreign giants. Xiaomi, a small company based out of Beijing, managed to create a beautiful, easy to use and affordable smartphone with a rabid consumer following. Now that China’s Bloomberg Businessweek put Xiaomi on its cover, we figured it’s time for Buy Buy China to take a closer look.  ...Read More

  • e-Commerce, Electronics, M&A
    May 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Red Blackberry: Will a Chinese web giant buy RIM?

    Blackberry China. Going local?

    RIM, maker of Blackberry, is dying. Following ongoing losses, layoffs, management changes, and a diminishing market share, the company hired J.P. Morgan and RBC to help it "review its strategic options". A this point, selling the company or parts of it is the most likely option. We expect the Microsoft-Facebook alliance will be interested, together with the usual hardware suspects, including those from Korea and Japan, and maybe even Amazon. But we think the best outcome would be for Blackberry to be sold to one of China's online media giants. And here's why. ...Read More

  • e-Commerce, M&A
    April 24, 2012 | 1 Comments

    A Chinese perspective on Facebook’s Future

    Tencent's new WeChat messenger.

    One month before its momentous IPO, Facebook's prospects seem murky. This week, the company announced that it has 900 million users and cooling revenues. Last week, Facebook purchased Instagram, a year-old photo sharing app for USD 1 billion. Fear of competition seems to be the main impetus behind the acquisition: Facebook does not need Instagram's user base (they are all on Facebook anyway), it does not need Instagram's (lack of) business model, and it does not need Instagram's (unremarkable) technology. ...Read More

  • e-Commerce, Electronics
    May 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Baidu’s “affordable smartphone”: Lost in the Cloud?

    Baidu's new smartphone | Source: Zol.com.cn

    Baidu, China's largest search engine, launched a new smartphone yesterday in attempt to gain a foothold in the country's exploding mobile space. The phone runs on the Baidu Cloud operating system, and is bundled with 100 GB of cloud storage on Baidu's servers. Baidu partnered with Sichuan's Changhong to manufacture the phone and with China Unicom to provide data packages. Baidu previously teamed with Dell to launch Baidu Cloud, but the venture flopped, probably because the RMB 2,999 price tag made it an unattractive alternative to better offerings in the same price range (see Sohu's coverage, in Chinese). The new phone is officially called Changhong H5018, but we prefer to call it the Bai-Phone. It is priced at RMB 899, under most smartphones in the market, and 3-6 times less than Apple's iPhone 4S, Samsung's Galaxy SII/SIII/Nexus, the HTC One, and the ZTE Era. We encourage every attempt to bring smartphones to the Chinese masses, but despite its aggressive pricing, the Bai-Phone will likely struggle to gain a meaningful share of China's crowded mobile market. ...Read More

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