[China] Handset makers upgrading hardware specifications of sub-CNY1,000 smartphone models


China-based handset makers, including ZTE, Huawei Device, Lenovo and Coolpad, have continued to upgrade the hardware specifications of their sub-CNY1,000 (US$159) smartphone models due to intensifying competition in the segment, according to industry sources.


With the introduction of dual-core 1GHz CPUs for high-end models in 2011, the single-core 1GHz CPU is likely to become one of the standards for entry-level smartphones in China this year, the sources indicated.


Additionally, some vendors have also begun to adopt 4-inch displays for their sub-CNY1,000 models, instead of 3.5-inch displays used previously, the sources added.


Coopad has recently launched a 4-inch model, the 7260, and saw sales of the model reach 30,000 units a month in the initial period, the sources revealed, adding that monthly shipments of the 7260 may top 100,000 units soon.


Source: Digitimes