Chinese smartphone vendors meld tech savvy with low prices to win home market

Both Lenovo and Xiaomi are outselling Samsung in the Chinese smartphone market

  • Since then, Lenovo's handset business has taken off, and it offers dozens of models on the market. The company now ranks second in China's smartphone space, behind Samsung, according to research firm Canalys. In the second quarter, it shipped 10.8 million phones to the country's market. The high demand has made Lenovo the world's third largest smartphone vendor, despite primarily selling its handsets only in China. Pictured is Lenovo's K900, an Intel-powered handset, with a metal casing and a 5.5-inch screen that's priced at 3299 yuan ($537).

  • It may be the world's largest PC vendor, but Lenovo isn't exactly a household name in the U.S. That could change over the next few years as the company builds up its brand, and sells more product to U.S. consumers. But in its home market of China, Lenovo long ago finished the task of making its name known, and is reaping the benefits.

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