Celia Chen

Shenzhen

Celia Chen

Reporter, Tech

Celia is a tech reporter for the Post, covering companies such as Tencent, JD.com and Foxconn. She also covers start-up news and China's tech world. Prior to joining the Post, she worked for China Daily.

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Huawei marks first drop in China shipments since 2014 amid US sanctions, sees market share shrink

The latest round of US sanctions against Huawei in August shrank the Shenzhen-based smartphone maker’s share in its home market, according to research firm Canalys.

30 Oct 2020 - 11:00PM

The latest round of US sanctions against Huawei in August shrank the Shenzhen-based smartphone maker’s share in its home market, according to research firm Canalys.

Huawei marks first drop in China shipments since 2014 amid US sanctions, sees market share shrink
Jio’s smartphone push not as big a threat as geopolitics to Chinese brands in India, say analysts

Jio Platforms, the Indian wireless operator and handset maker, is working with US chip maker Qualcomm to develop 5G solutions and accelerate the network roll-out

24 Oct 2020 - 9:00AM

Jio Platforms, the Indian wireless operator and handset maker, is working with US chip maker Qualcomm to develop 5G solutions and accelerate the network roll-out

Jio’s smartphone push not as big a threat as geopolitics to Chinese brands in India, say analysts
Huawei says revenue in first three quarters ‘basically met expectations’ amid intense pressure on global supply chain

Chinese technology giant is currently battling tighter US restrictions on chip supplies.

23 Oct 2020 - 10:54PM

Chinese technology giant is currently battling tighter US restrictions on chip supplies.

Huawei says revenue in first three quarters ‘basically met expectations’ amid intense pressure on global supply chain
Huawei unveils 5G Mate 40 flagship smartphones as chip supply constraints loom

Huawei’s new Mate 40 series smartphones run one of the industry’s most advanced 5G chips, the supply of which is threatened by US sanctions.

30 Oct 2020 - 5:02PM

Huawei’s new Mate 40 series smartphones run one of the industry’s most advanced 5G chips, the supply of which is threatened by US sanctions.

Huawei unveils 5G Mate 40 flagship smartphones as chip supply constraints loom
Oppo open to investing more overseas despite China tech backlash, smartphone brand’s president of global sales says

Oppo may ramp up its investments in India despite a recent backlash against China technology in the South Asian country, the Chinese smartphone brand’s president of global sales Alen Wu says.

22 Oct 2020 - 4:15PM

Oppo may ramp up its investments in India despite a recent backlash against China technology in the South Asian country, the Chinese smartphone brand’s president of global sales Alen Wu says.

Oppo open to investing more overseas despite China tech backlash, smartphone brand’s president of global sales says
Huawei sanctions shrink founder Ren Zhengfei’s wealth while Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun’s net worth doubles

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei is now worth 10 per cent less than last year, while opportunities in 5G have boosted the fortunes of other smartphone billionaires such as the founders of Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo, according to the Hurun China Rich List.

20 Oct 2020 - 5:32PM

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei is now worth 10 per cent less than last year, while opportunities in 5G have boosted the fortunes of other smartphone billionaires such as the founders of Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo, according to the Hurun China Rich List.

Huawei sanctions shrink founder Ren Zhengfei’s wealth while Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun’s net worth doubles
Huawei ban, Covid-19 pandemic fears push China’s integrated circuit imports to record high

Chinese companies are said to be stocking up on chips amid concerns of supply disruptions due to US-China tensions – especially after the latest restrictions on Huawei Technologies – and the pandemic.

16 Oct 2020 - 5:00PM

Chinese companies are said to be stocking up on chips amid concerns of supply disruptions due to US-China tensions – especially after the latest restrictions on Huawei Technologies – and the pandemic.

Huawei ban, Covid-19 pandemic fears push China’s integrated circuit imports to record high
Explainer | Harmony OS: everything you need to know about Huawei’s Android alternative

Huawei says it is preparing to switch from the widely-used Android operating system to its proprietary Harmony OS for all of its smartphones next year, after a US ban that cut off access to Google services for its new devices.

8 Oct 2020 - 9:43AM

Huawei says it is preparing to switch from the widely-used Android operating system to its proprietary Harmony OS for all of its smartphones next year, after a US ban that cut off access to Google services for its new devices.

Harmony OS: everything you need to know about Huawei’s Android alternative
Xiaomi-backed smart ukulele teaches you how to play music within minutes

The hi-tech string instrument featuring a fretboard fitted with LED lights and companion app promises to get even people who are new to the instrument moving their fingers enough to make music within just a few minutes. South China Morning Post reporter Celia Chen tried out the “smart ukulele” called Populele, developed by Popumusic based in Shenzhen, China and with some backing from smartphone vendor Xiaomi Corp.

6 Oct 2020 - 10:00AM

The hi-tech string instrument featuring a fretboard fitted with LED lights and companion app promises to get even people who are new to the instrument moving their fingers enough to make music within just a few minutes. South China Morning Post reporter Celia Chen tried out the “smart ukulele” called Populele, developed by Popumusic based in Shenzhen, China and with some backing from smartphone vendor Xiaomi Corp.

Xiaomi-backed smart ukulele teaches you how to play music within minutes
Xiaomi-backed Populele taught me how to play a ukulele when a real music teacher couldn’t

Post reporter Celia Chen tries the Populele, a smart ukulele by Shenzhen-based Popumusic that features an LED light-up fretboard and companion app.

6 Oct 2020 - 10:00AM

Post reporter Celia Chen tries the Populele, a smart ukulele by Shenzhen-based Popumusic that features an LED light-up fretboard and companion app.

Xiaomi-backed Populele taught me how to play a ukulele when a real music teacher couldn’t
Why tough US tech sanctions aren’t hurting Huawei’s enterprise business unit

US sanctions have hurt Huawei’s ability to make smartphones but there’s been little impact on its enterprise business, which is less reliant on leading-edge chips.

25 Sep 2020 - 8:47PM

US sanctions have hurt Huawei’s ability to make smartphones but there’s been little impact on its enterprise business, which is less reliant on leading-edge chips.

Why tough US tech sanctions aren’t hurting Huawei’s enterprise business unit
Ant Group launches blockchain based-platform to help SMEs with cross-border trade

Successful transactions on Trusple will also enable SMEs to build their creditworthiness, says Ant.

27 Sep 2020 - 5:48PM

Successful transactions on Trusple will also enable SMEs to build their creditworthiness, says Ant.

Ant Group launches blockchain based-platform to help SMEs with cross-border trade
Huawei says it has enough chips for equipment businesses but not for its smartphones

Huawei, which recently became the world’s biggest smartphone maker, has been a major casualty of rising US-China tensions.

23 Sep 2020 - 8:48PM

Huawei, which recently became the world’s biggest smartphone maker, has been a major casualty of rising US-China tensions.

Huawei says it has enough chips for equipment businesses but not for its smartphones
Trump targeted both WeChat and TikTok with US bans – why then did it seem Tencent was getting an easier ride?

Analysts say WeChat and TikTok have different profiles in the US, but main stumbling block with WeChat ban may be vague wording of executive order.

15 Oct 2020 - 4:09PM

Analysts say WeChat and TikTok have different profiles in the US, but main stumbling block with WeChat ban may be vague wording of executive order.

Trump targeted both WeChat and TikTok with US bans – why then did it seem Tencent was getting an easier ride?
Go mini or go home: China’s Tencent pushes for e-commerce breakthrough on WeChat via in-app programs

From January to August this year, sales on WeChat’s mini programs surged 115 per cent compared with the same period last year – an encouraging sign for its latest push into e-commerce.

18 Sep 2020 - 6:00AM

From January to August this year, sales on WeChat’s mini programs surged 115 per cent compared with the same period last year – an encouraging sign for its latest push into e-commerce.

Go mini or go home: China’s Tencent pushes for e-commerce breakthrough on WeChat via in-app programs
The US-China tech cold war has turned hot – but would a Biden presidency change things for Huawei and others?

With the US presidential election fast approaching, experts are debating whether a victory for Democratic nominee Joe Biden will reverse a building tech war between the world’s two biggest economies.

17 Oct 2020 - 7:11AM

With the US presidential election fast approaching, experts are debating whether a victory for Democratic nominee Joe Biden will reverse a building tech war between the world’s two biggest economies.

The US-China tech cold war has turned hot – but would a Biden presidency change things for Huawei and others?
Tencent to mitigate setbacks in US, India with new regional hub in Singapore, analysts say

Internet giant Tencent’s move to Singapore follows that of TikTok owner ByteDance, which plans to invest billions of dollars in the city state.

16 Sep 2020 - 8:11PM

Internet giant Tencent’s move to Singapore follows that of TikTok owner ByteDance, which plans to invest billions of dollars in the city state.

Tencent to mitigate setbacks in US, India with new regional hub in Singapore, analysts say
Huawei’s consumer chief says Harmony operating system will be rolled out on its smartphones in 2021

The tech world is eyeing Huawei’s developer conference for a glimpse of the company’s future business plans amid bans on supplies of US-origin technology.

10 Sep 2020 - 10:52PM

The tech world is eyeing Huawei’s developer conference for a glimpse of the company’s future business plans amid bans on supplies of US-origin technology.

Huawei’s consumer chief says Harmony operating system will be rolled out on its smartphones in 2021
Huawei seeks to raise fresh funds from employees amid US trade sanctions

The new internal funding programme adopted by Huawei comes at a time when its operations worldwide are struggling from the impact of trade sanctions imposed by the Trump administration.

7 Sep 2020 - 9:49PM

The new internal funding programme adopted by Huawei comes at a time when its operations worldwide are struggling from the impact of trade sanctions imposed by the Trump administration.

Huawei seeks to raise fresh funds from employees amid US trade sanctions
US sanctions drive up Huawei handset prices as company grapples with impending chip shortage

Prices of Huawei handsets at Shenzhen wholesale market Huaqiangbei have gone up as dealers expect the firm’s access to chips to run dry, but CEO Guo Ping says he is optimistic about resolving problems related to recent US sanctions.

3 Sep 2020 - 2:01PM

Prices of Huawei handsets at Shenzhen wholesale market Huaqiangbei have gone up as dealers expect the firm’s access to chips to run dry, but CEO Guo Ping says he is optimistic about resolving problems related to recent US sanctions.

US sanctions drive up Huawei handset prices as company grapples with impending chip shortage
OnePlus founder Pete Lau takes on new role heading product planning at Oppo’s holding company

Pete Lau will continue to hold his role as CEO of OnePlus, and reportedly may focus on achieving synergies between Oppo, OnePlus and RealMe.

1 Sep 2020 - 10:54PM

Pete Lau will continue to hold his role as CEO of OnePlus, and reportedly may focus on achieving synergies between Oppo, OnePlus and RealMe.

OnePlus founder Pete Lau takes on new role heading product planning at Oppo’s holding company
Huawei has increased investment in Russia because of US sanctions, founder Ren Zhengfei says

Huawei is ‘trying to find a way to cope with the US ban’, says the head of its consumer business group, and the company is reportedly focusing more on its cloud computing business which still has access to US chips.

31 Aug 2020 - 1:57PM

Huawei is ‘trying to find a way to cope with the US ban’, says the head of its consumer business group, and the company is reportedly focusing more on its cloud computing business which still has access to US chips.

Huawei has increased investment in Russia because of US sanctions, founder Ren Zhengfei says
As Huawei struggles to find alternatives to US chip tech, it finds itself a pawn in a much bigger power game

As the target of US sanctions that have cut off its chip supply, Huawei can’t expect the kind of help Beijing gave rival ZTE in a similar situation two years ago. But if the Shenzhen-based telecoms gear maker does survive, it will look very different.

28 Aug 2020 - 10:34AM

As the target of US sanctions that have cut off its chip supply, Huawei can’t expect the kind of help Beijing gave rival ZTE in a similar situation two years ago. But if the Shenzhen-based telecoms gear maker does survive, it will look very different.

As Huawei struggles to find alternatives to US chip tech, it finds itself a pawn in a much bigger power game
India to slowly phase out Huawei and other Chinese vendors from its telecoms network, FT reports

Move by India to phase out Chinese vendors, including Huawei, from its network comes after a deadly border clash and earlier bans on Chinese apps

25 Aug 2020 - 11:28AM

Move by India to phase out Chinese vendors, including Huawei, from its network comes after a deadly border clash and earlier bans on Chinese apps

India to slowly phase out Huawei and other Chinese vendors from its telecoms network, FT reports
With Huawei facing hurdles in Europe, Chinese smartphone brand Oppo eyes expansion

As Huawei Technologies faces declining sales in Europe, Oppo’s western Europe president says the region is key to its plans to enter the high-end smartphone segment.

14 Aug 2020 - 10:13AM

As Huawei Technologies faces declining sales in Europe, Oppo’s western Europe president says the region is key to its plans to enter the high-end smartphone segment.

With Huawei facing hurdles in Europe, Chinese smartphone brand Oppo eyes expansion
Tencent posts 37 per cent quarterly profit increase on back of games as US WeChat ban looms

Internet giant Tencent posted better-than-expected earnings growth in the second quarter, boosted by gains made in gaming as well as payments and cloud services.

12 Aug 2020 - 11:06PM

Internet giant Tencent posted better-than-expected earnings growth in the second quarter, boosted by gains made in gaming as well as payments and cloud services.

Tencent posts 37 per cent quarterly profit increase on back of games as US WeChat ban looms
US sanctions bite as Huawei admits ‘big loss’ as supply of high-end Kirin smartphone chips to run out soon

Huawei’s place at the top of world’s smartphone market may be short lived, as the company admits it soon will not be able to ship smartphones equipped with its flagship high-end Kirin chips.

10 Aug 2020 - 11:07PM

Huawei’s place at the top of world’s smartphone market may be short lived, as the company admits it soon will not be able to ship smartphones equipped with its flagship high-end Kirin chips.

US sanctions bite as Huawei admits ‘big loss’ as supply of high-end Kirin smartphone chips to run out soon
Huawei wrests crown of world’s biggest smartphone vendor from Samsung on strong China sales

China’s largest technology company shipped more smartphones than rival Samsung for the first time in the June quarter, driven by a domestic recovery amid the coronavirus crisis.

31 Jul 2020 - 12:02AM

China’s largest technology company shipped more smartphones than rival Samsung for the first time in the June quarter, driven by a domestic recovery amid the coronavirus crisis.

Huawei wrests crown of world’s biggest smartphone vendor from Samsung on strong China sales
Huawei says now is the time to focus on 5G use cases and move beyond network rollout issues

Huawei, which is currently at the epicentre of a trade and tech war between the US and China, can help to meet a range of digital transformation needs, said Guo.

27 Jul 2020 - 7:10PM

Huawei, which is currently at the epicentre of a trade and tech war between the US and China, can help to meet a range of digital transformation needs, said Guo.

Huawei says now is the time to focus on 5G use cases and move beyond network rollout issues
Huawei’s 5G ambitions in Europe under a cloud after UK ban, EC report

New European Commission recommendation on ‘high-risk’ suppliers adds to Huawei’s woes in Europe, after earlier UK decision and de facto ban in France

27 Jul 2020 - 6:15PM

New European Commission recommendation on ‘high-risk’ suppliers adds to Huawei’s woes in Europe, after earlier UK decision and de facto ban in France

Huawei’s 5G ambitions in Europe under a cloud after UK ban, EC report