Category Archives: Digital Overthrow
An article at 1Pad [Google Translate].
An article at PadNews [Google Translate].
If Intel can deliver the kind of performance shown with the Dell Venue 8 7000 to every partner at an economical price, they could have a real shot at it.
The problem, at least in China, is that their partners have a tendency to churn out device after device with no thought of future support. Those aren’t exactly great advertisements for “Intel Inside.”
A huge sea change would occur if Xiaomi were to use one of Intel’s designs in a new phone. But Xiaomi seems to want to do its own thing, chip-wise.
11/11 doesn’t end for a few more hours.
At post time, these were the Xiaomi sales figures:
1.4 billion yuan of goods sold (about US$228 million). 19,345 Xiaomi MiPad sold. If Xiaomi really did sock away a million of some phones, they’re going to have plenty of stock to sell in their other territories!
I’ve just begun reading Weibo.
11/11 2013: 5 hours and 49 minutes for Tmall to sell 10 billion yuan of goods
11/11 2014: 38 minutes 28 seconds for Tmall to sell 10 billion yuan of goods
And I don’t hear anyone in China crying for the poor brick and mortar stores …
There are two key issues to Xiaomi getting involved with CPUs. PadNews has an analysis, reprinted from “21st century business Herald” [Google Translate].
1) Patent protection. There are issues regarding licensing fees that have to be paid to major patent holders such as Qualcomm, Nokia (now Microsoft), and even Samsung.
2) Lowering phone prices. Here in the U.S., we find China tech to be bargain priced. In the majority of the world, it’s still priced too high in places such as India and other developing nations.
Bing Translator does the best job on this paragraph:
Just a year ago at the Beijing Forum on Microelectronics, Lei has publicly called for: chip industry should learn from the Internet free of charge, in accordance with the cost price, “Why sell thirty or forty dollars, instead of three or four dollars? If the chip free, millet high-end cell phones only 500 Yuan.” The Lei predicted that the next 3-5 years, was” certainly is based on sand, the chip company sold chips and achieved great success. ”
At that time, price 699, 799 USD red rice has just released, Lei presented at the event: “I did not expect red rice is so successful. Low end of the market there was so big, so strong market demand.” Red Rice’s success in bringing the Lei is determined in the low-end mass market a go.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Headline understatement of the year: Xiaomi Makes a Profit on Its Cheap Smartphones
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc., which was founded just four years ago, already is among the world’s largest smartphone makers.
Now a confidential document viewed by The Wall Street Journal shows that Xiaomi’s net profit nearly doubled last year, making it a lucrative business in an industry where most players selling cheap handsets struggle to break even.
Xiaomi, which a few months ago surpassed Samsung Electronics Co. as the biggest smartphone vendor in China by shipments, presented the document to banks in its recent pitch to raise $1 billion in loans for overseas expansion or acquisition.
A table in the document showed that Xiaomi’s net profit last year rose 84% to 3.46 billion yuan ($566 million) from 1.88 billion yuan in 2012. Its revenue more than doubled to 27 billion yuan. Another table included a forecast of a 75% net profit increase this year.