China has really come a long way in terms of digital.
Because of banking red tapes, high level of fraud / cyber crimes and differing consumption patterns in provinces and areas to name a few, as early as ten years ago, many spectators around the world have speculated that digital and ecommerce would never succeed in China.
Today, digital is very much part of the everyday lives of the metropolitan Chinese. They have progress with such speed that despite such a big territory and customer base they have put to shame my more advanced countries.
Gone are the copy cat days of old. They are showing the world how to do it.
Having been impressed by the XiaoMi Note I bought earlier, I am again impressed by the quality of the Hua Wei series of mobile phone at a recent telecommunication exhibtion.
Incidentally, it has been reported recently in a report that Hua Wei has become the third biggest seller of mobile phones in the world. The other close competitorS from China remains Lenovo and XiaoMi.
Though still a copy cat (they are built exactly like a iPhone or a Samsung), the quality remains solid and comfortable in the hand:
Have you heard of the Xiao Mi brand of mobile phone ?
While there have been many other brands of China made mobile phones like Hua Wei, Lenovo and Meizhu which are surprisngly of very good quality, the one that has taken China by storm is this brand.
They even managed to poached former Google executive, Hugo Barra onto their payroll not too long ago.
Literally meant "small rice" , their products are priced at unbelievable value, (check out the prices on their Singapore page). I bought a XiaoMi Note online for about US$140. I also bought the Xiao Mi 10400 mAh powerbank for just slightly more than US10.
Surprising, they dont feel cheap and surpassed my expectations.