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."
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