Samsung holds 12 percent of the Chinese smartphone market, according to Canalys, behind Xiaomi's 14 percent share.
Device prices have sunk by up to $1,000 now that the initial hype surrounding the new iPhones has worn off.
The company has received one of the required regulatory approvals, but needs another before it can officially bring the iPhone 6 to China.
With no arrival date for Apple's latest iPhone, China's largest carrier will focus more on cheaper, unsubsidized phones.
Chongqing thinks it might be a good idea if those who permanently look down could be separated from anyone else. But is there anyone else?
China -- the largest smartphone market in the world -- was among the countries that got dibs on the new iPhone for launch weekend last year. The country's exclusion this time around has yet to be explained.
The company asserts that the higher end of the market is central to its success.
The upcoming new version of Windows received an unintentional pitch with a brief post and logo courtesy of Microsoft China.
The Microsoft CEO's itinerary has not been disclosed, but the reason for his trip may be to delve a bit deeper into the antitrust investigation in China.
Following surprise spot check of Microsoft offices in the country last month, China raises new questions about the company's sales and distribution policy.