At the Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai, China, CNET handles Sony's new China-bound and dual-SIM Xperia C smartphone.
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Samsung holds 12 percent of the Chinese smartphone market, according to Canalys, behind Xiaomi's 14 percent share.
Xiaomi's Mi 3 is a showcase of how Chinese phonemakers can create quality hardware without breaking the bank. If you don't need 4G LTE, and you can get hold of it, this is one of the best smartphones you can buy in its price range.
The company asserts that the higher end of the market is central to its success.
The microblogging powerhouse sells nearly a quarter less shares than anticipated.
The move is at odds with decisions by some other tech companies, most notably Google, to keep data out of China due to censorship and privacy concerns.
That's the word from China Mobile Chairman Xi Gouhua, who says that the company is looking in several areas to grow its business.
The Japanese messaging app Line may be blocked in China, but it's still raking in cash from merchandise based on its cartoon characters at a huge mall in Beijing.
The chipmaker is chided for its involvement with a Chinese antitrust expert, who has been dismissed as a government adviser for helping a consulting firm write a report for Qualcomm.
The country's Procurement Center, its Finance Ministry, and Apple itself say the iPhone maker never applied to be on the government's list of approved energy-saving products, according to Reuters.