Chinese invasion

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huawei20131021Forget about the continuing issue on the West Philippine Sea. It’s too political. The real Chinese invasion is already happening right now, not only in the Philippines, but also worldwide. And Mainland China is doing this through economics. Just go to any CD-R King, and we’ll guarantee you that 99.9 percent of products sold inside that popular gadget, gears, and gizmos shop are all stamped with “Made In China.”

But China is not only mastering the small stuff, they’re doing the Big Guns too. And when in comes to tech, three names are the biggest— Lenovo, ZTE, and Huawei. Totally unknown brands ten years ago, these China-based tech companies are now a force to reckon with.

So, is this good or bad? Well, let’s just look at it this way: it’s good for the economy of China; it’s good that these companies are providing jobs in our country; it’s good that Filipino consumers get value for their money. Although for the latter, many people may actually see it this way: you get what you pay for.

Anyway, only last week, Lenovo toppled HP from the Number One spot. It may be just a few percentage points, but it was already a sign that there’s no stopping the computer company from taking over the market and will continue to do so. When it comes to consumer PC, US tech giants and regular top placers Dell and HP, sales are dropping with no concrete strategy on how to handle an already saturated PC market, plus the well-publicized strife within managements are really hurting both companies inside and out. The dire US economy, with no clear direction, is not helping either.

Nonetheless, we see other US tech companies such as Apple, IBM, Google, and Facebook doing incredibly well. But thatís another story.


Back to our tech friends from China, aside from large enterprise contracts the big three have been getting left and right from local business, Lenovo, ZTE, and Huawei are also busy presenting their products at the consumer end too, mostly mobile devices such as mobile phones.

Last Thursday, Lenovo launched their latest A-series phones, namely: A269i, A369i, A516, and A850. All the said models are Android-powered smartphones with touchscreen feature. At the lower-end, the A269i price starts at P2,799, and the highest-end model for the series, the A850, sells for P9,999. Goes to show that owning a branded smartphone nowadays need not break the P10,000 mark.

Huawei on the other hand, released a new mid-range smartphone: the Huawei Ascend G610. This model is an Android smartphone that sports a quad-core processor, five-inch display, dual SIM capability, 3G HSDPA, and a 5-megapixel camera. And you can have this Ascend series phone from Smart with their All-in Plan 800. Wow, if that’s not a bargain, I don’t know what is.

And lastly, ZTE. An infamous brand for reason many may have actually forgotten, or maybe not. Nonetheless, the company just announced an ambitious plan to be on Top of the Philippine mobile phone market in the next three years.

In line with this, the telecom network provider locally launched models Kis II-V795 and V829, both entry-level smartphones, and the more advanced V967S and V969, to compete with their Chinese rivals.

With Apple and Samsung still very much lording over the entire mobile phone market worldwide, it may still be a long way to go before the Chinese brands could actually take over the arena. Yet, one thing is for sure, the Chinese invasion is currently ongoing.

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