Besides being the stage for the presentation of new and anticipated Android devices, such as Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Sony Xperia Tablet S, IFA 2012 is a business and technology innovation fair. In my first appearance, my task was to cover exhibitors of Android mobile devices made in Asia. The first impression may seem irrelevant considering the size of the fair, with names such as Samsung, Sony, Intel, Motorola, Huawei, Archos, HTC and Lenovo, however, opening up a vast new world that I really didn't know. in terms of magnitude. However, this new universe has also opened a box of doubts and questions about the Android market. The subject yields so much that this article will be divided into two parts, in the first will be presented only smartphones and, in the second, tablets.
First, we must keep in mind that all products sold today, such as cameras, PCs, smartphones or tablets, have components made in China. When we announce that a product was made in China, it is very easy to judge the authenticity of what we are taking home, whether it is an original product or a copy. However, reputable companies such as Apple and IBM, for example, outsource component manufacturing, or even a complete production line, to Chinese subsidiaries. This can be explained because in China, the labor and raw materials are cheaper, as well as having a qualified labor.
However, all this technological knowledge and market advantages also culminate in a smartphone and tablet production line that is very similar but not original. Add to that the gross views of the government of that country, the potential of selling products in emerging markets and you will have a parallel market embraced by a fair of the size of a global event presenting new technologies like IFA. Which raises a very important question:
Market the so-called crime xing-lings?
The answer is not, until a company files a lawsuit. However, trade agreements and loopholes in the scope of interpretation legislation, so if five items of the original design are changed, however small, may already characterize the product as different. Similar products often offer even more functions, as they can bring together different technologies in a variety of products at very low prices, making them tempting. Now, never forget what may lead to shorter warranty time – if any – and the lack of technical assistance.
That said, IFA 2012 has reserved three zones for small Asian manufacturers, which have been identified as sectors 26, 27 and 28 – IFA Technology & Components. In this space, there were hundreds of suppliers of various products. My focus was on smartphones and tablets running the Android operating system. What was the first surprise, the fact that we don't talk about brands, makes understanding and communication a little complicated, because the representatives of each manufacturer were there for business and not to advertise their products to specialized websites. On the contrary, the feeling is that the less it is disclosed, the better.
To get an idea, a curious situation occurred at the entrance of a Chinese supplier's booth, when I asked if I could make an image of the products displayed or even the banners on the walls, one of the responsible said the following sentence:
You can take photos of the products and the banners, except this one, because the device looks too much like the Galaxy S3 and we don't want to have problems with Samsung.
Before introducing some mobile Xing-ling devices that will be offered in the international market in the coming months, I must say that Brazil is in the forefront of any of these Asian manufacturers. Tomorrow you will know why, the factory value of these products, some partners and specifications of the tablets that look like the originals, but not only.
What Asian manufacturers have in store for the Android smartphone market
First, let's take into consideration that these handsets will still be resold to X-brands in the market, so the name of smartphones will certainly not be the ones I am specifying below, but the model may have the same identification. That said, here are some of the features presented by the Asian manufacturers during IFA 2012 that will complete the mobile devices released in the coming months:
This smartphone is a combination of HTC sensation XL with the blank model of Samsung Galaxy S3. It has a 5 inch screen with 800×480 resolution, 512MB DDR RAM + 512MB Nand falsh, Qualcomm MSM7227A-0-AA ARM Cortex A5 1GHz processor, microSD with support up to 32G, runs on Android 4.0, Dual SIM, 5MP rear camera and 0.3MP front end. The device weighs 130.6g, GPS and has WiFi, GSM and 3G connections (special feature).
It is inevitable not to remember the HTC desire HD or then the Samsung Galaxy S2 when we are face to face with this handset from Chinese manufacturer ZoWee. The device features a dual nuclear Qualcomm MSM8225-0-AA processor, 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A5, a 5 inch screen with 800×480 resolution, 512MB DDR RAM + 512MB Nand falsh and also comes with Dual SIM card. It runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version and offers up to 32GB microSD support, 5MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera and GPS. WiFi, GSM and 3G connections (special feature).
This other smartphone, differs only in design when compared to the M5000X. The device also features a dual nuclear Qualcomm MSM8225-0-AA processor, 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A5, a 5-inch screen and a Dual SIM card. It runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version and offers up to 32GB microSD support, 5MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera and GPS. WiFi, GSM and 3G connections (special feature).
So what do you think about the specifications of these three smartphones made in China, very similar to models on the market, but with features like Dual SIM card, for example?
Before purchasing any handset, make sure that it contains all advertised features, warranty terms and whether the company offers technical assistance. Another tip is to participate in forums where you can check the opinion of those who bought the same or similar product.
Stay tuned, because Thursday I will publish the second part of this article about the small Asian manufacturers that were present at IFA 2012.
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