FORTUNE -- I'm glad it was Tiernan Ray and not me who submitted to briefings by three Chinese smartphone makers -- Huawei, ZTE and Meizu -- at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. Maybe I've covered too many over-crowded trade shows. Or fielded too many over-caffinated sales pitches in broken English. Or maybe I'm just getting old.
In any event, I learned several things from Ray's write-up in the current issue of Barrons (available free as a one-pass):
"The wave of Chinese brands emerging is huge," Strategy Analytics' Neil Mawston told Ray, involving "literally hundreds" of scrappy manufacturers. "If you fire off enough shots," says Mawston, "eventually one of them will hit the target."
The iPhone 5 faces fierce competition in the world's largest smartphone market
FORTUNE -- When Apple (AAPL) releases the iPhone 5 in China next week, it will be competing with local manufacturers who have studied Steve Jobs' every move, down to the cut of his black mock turtleneck.
M.I.C. Gadget produced this video of the elaborate launch in Beijing of the latest offering from Guangdong-based Meizu. You wouldn't know it from the event's MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 4, 2012 10:21 AM ET
Is LG shipping some of Apple's Retina Displays over to the Android camp?
Steve Jobs said at this year's Apple WWDC,
"You can't make an OLED display with this type of resolution right now. Retina display is going to set the standard for displays for the next several years. We don't think anybody's going to come close."
While Samsung thinks its Super-AMOLED screens are better, another Android maker is going to be picking up MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 17, 2010 4:02 PM ET
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