Feeds

China's Coolpad predicts 40 MEEELLION 4G sales in 2014

Smartphone upstart bids to topple Samsung in Middle Kingdom

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Little-known Chinese smartphone maker Yulong has set its sights on global leader Samsung with the bold claim it will ship 40 million 4G handsets domestically this year under the Coolpad brand.

The firm hopes to sell a further 20 million 3G smartphones in the Middle Kingdom in 2014, according to a microblog post seen by Reuters.

The combined figure of 60 million will double last year’s tally for Yulong and parent company China Wireless.

China has only just switched on its 4G network in a limited number of areas but with such a vast market to tap the leading handset players are already jostling for position.

Yulong will certainly be helped by the fact that it has already struck a deal with the world’s largest operator China Mobile to sell its budget Coolpad 8920 LTE handset in the PRC, and it has several more 4G models on the way.

However, local media reports (via TechInAsia) that the firm is claiming it will outstrip Samsung 4G sales in China this year are more down to a combination of marketing hype and wishful thinking.

For one thing, El Reg was told by a Samsung spokesperson that the firm currently has no predictions for 2014 shipments in China.

For the record, as of Q3 2013, Samsung led the Chinese smartphone market with 18.3 million devices shipped (19.3 per cent), followed by Lenovo with 11.2m (11.8 per cent) and Yulong with 11.1m (11.7 per cent), according to IDC.

AVP of client devices at the analyst, Bryan Ma, told The Reg that the speed with which Yulong can get TD-LTE handsets to market and pricing relative to Samsung smartphones would be key in its bid to topple the market leader.

“We’ll see a lot of dark horses [like Coolpad] in 2014 – local vendors with overseas ambition like Xiaomi or Micromax in India,” he added.

“It’ll be interesting to see how they push beyond the boundaries of their home markets and how successful they are.” ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
prev story

Whitepapers

A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.