Li Tao

Shenzhen

Li Tao

Senior Reporter, Technology

Li Tao is a former senior technology reporter for the Post, based in Shenzhen. He focuses on big enterprises including Alibaba, Huawei and ZTE, hardware makers, and smartphone brands such as Oppo, Vivo and Oneplus. He joined the Post in 2017 after working for more than seven years with China Daily in Hong Kong. He has masters degrees in both laws and journalism.

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Lenovo China’s smartphone head Chang Cheng joins rival Xiaomi as race for 5G heats up

The chief of Lenovo’s smartphone unit, a laggard in the highly competitive industry, jumps ship to bigger rival Xiaomi, which has already released low priced 5G handsets

The chief of Lenovo’s smartphone unit, a laggard in the highly competitive industry, jumps ship to bigger rival Xiaomi, which has already released low priced 5G handsets

16 Feb 2020 - 7:13PM
Huawei says relationship with Chinese government ‘no different’ from any other private company in China

While it did not deny receiving government assistance, Huawei said on Thursday that all tech companies in China, including foreign ones, were entitled to similar subsidies.

While it did not deny receiving government assistance, Huawei said on Thursday that all tech companies in China, including foreign ones, were entitled to similar subsidies.

26 Dec 2019 - 11:35PM
The unintended consequence of US campaign against Huawei could be a global split in technology standards

The world could be barrelling closer to a geographic split in hi-tech development and innovation, despite the recent interim trade agreement between the US and China.

The world could be barrelling closer to a geographic split in hi-tech development and innovation, despite the recent interim trade agreement between the US and China.

24 Dec 2019 - 9:04AM
Apple takes two thirds of the pie in global smartphone profits with only 12 per cent market share, says report

Samsung and Huawei were the only two smartphone brands that increased their revenue on an annual basis but Apple continues to dominate in share of overall industry profits

Samsung and Huawei were the only two smartphone brands that increased their revenue on an annual basis but Apple continues to dominate in share of overall industry profits

20 Dec 2019 - 1:03PM
Former US treasury secretary Hank Paulson urges US to catch up with China on 5G deployment, calling it ‘a failure of our own making’

Former treasury secretary Hank Paulson says US, already a leader in research, must catch up to China in commercialisation of 5G

Former treasury secretary Hank Paulson says US, already a leader in research, must catch up to China in commercialisation of 5G

17 Dec 2019 - 10:54PM
China’s Oppo doubling down on R&D investment to tap 5G opportunities beyond smartphones

One of China’s biggest smartphone brands is boosting its R&D spending to 50 billion yuan (US$7.1 billion) in the next three years, to explore opportunities in 5G such as augmented reality glasses and smart displays.

One of China’s biggest smartphone brands is boosting its R&D spending to 50 billion yuan (US$7.1 billion) in the next three years, to explore opportunities in 5G such as augmented reality glasses and smart displays.

10 Dec 2019 - 10:19PM
Huawei files lawsuit against FCC over its decision to ban rural carriers from tapping US funds to buy gear

Huawei’s latest legal challenge opens a new front in its battle with US authorities amid a continuing tech standoff between the US and China.

Huawei’s latest legal challenge opens a new front in its battle with US authorities amid a continuing tech standoff between the US and China.

5 Dec 2019 - 11:04PM
A year since the arrest of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou, US-China relations remain frayed and strained

US sanctions on Huawei are not expected to ease off amid the slow progress in hammering out an interim trade deal with China.

US sanctions on Huawei are not expected to ease off amid the slow progress in hammering out an interim trade deal with China.

1 Dec 2019 - 6:30AM
China to drive 5G smartphone adoption rate, expected to be 10 times that of 4G era, says researcher IDC

While South Korea, the US, Australia and UK have launched initial commercial 5G services, Chinese carriers and vendors have pinned their hopes on mass adoption

While South Korea, the US, Australia and UK have launched initial commercial 5G services, Chinese carriers and vendors have pinned their hopes on mass adoption

28 Nov 2019 - 10:44PM
Chinese data mining firm MiningLamp, now a national AI champion, began by helping police solve crimes

Like Palantir, this Chinese start-up uses AI to help corporate clients and law enforcement convert huge volumes of data into actionable information.

Like Palantir, this Chinese start-up uses AI to help corporate clients and law enforcement convert huge volumes of data into actionable information.

26 Nov 2019 - 9:03AM
Huawei seeks closer ties with Japan after creating 46,000 jobs and amid plan to spend US$10 billion

Huawei moves closer to Japan on supply chain and research links as China’s telecoms giant attempts to reduce dependence on US amid ongoing trade tensions.

Huawei moves closer to Japan on supply chain and research links as China’s telecoms giant attempts to reduce dependence on US amid ongoing trade tensions.

22 Nov 2019 - 2:57PM
Samsung’s manufacturing retreat from China leaves room for outsourcing provider Wingtech to grow

Samsung closed its last smartphone factory in China and is outsourcing production to local companies including Wingtech, which has grown to become the world's biggest original design manufacturer of smartphones.

Samsung closed its last smartphone factory in China and is outsourcing production to local companies including Wingtech, which has grown to become the world's biggest original design manufacturer of smartphones.

20 Nov 2019 - 10:51AM
Just how fast are China’s 5G networks? ZTE conducts tests in Guangzhou to find out

A field test by Shenzhen-based ZTE Corp in Guangzhou, one of the pilot cities for the roll-out of 5G services, showed average download speeds 10 times of 4G networks.

A field test by Shenzhen-based ZTE Corp in Guangzhou, one of the pilot cities for the roll-out of 5G services, showed average download speeds 10 times of 4G networks.

16 Nov 2019 - 7:56AM
Huawei tops list of AI intellectual property owners in China

The AI Intellectual Property in China 2019 report ranks some 500 Chinese AI firms based on their overall AI capabilities, innovation and technology maturity.

The AI Intellectual Property in China 2019 report ranks some 500 Chinese AI firms based on their overall AI capabilities, innovation and technology maturity.

15 Nov 2019 - 7:00AM
Huawei to reward employees with 2 billion yuan bonus for helping it weather impact of US technology ban

Sunday marked 180 days since Huawei was put on a US trade blacklist, which prompted company wide efforts to stabilise operations that were cut off from key US technologies

Sunday marked 180 days since Huawei was put on a US trade blacklist, which prompted company wide efforts to stabilise operations that were cut off from key US technologies

12 Nov 2019 - 10:05PM
Smartphone brands break records in first hours of Singles’ Day shopping festival

All major Chinese smartphone brands reported stellar sales figures in the first hours of this year’s November 11 Singles’ Day shopping spree

All major Chinese smartphone brands reported stellar sales figures in the first hours of this year’s November 11 Singles’ Day shopping spree

11 Nov 2019 - 1:17PM
Dutch chip maker ASML denies reports delayed China order is due to US pressure, says it needs export licence

EUV machines are crucial in the memory and semiconductor manufacturing process.

EUV machines are crucial in the memory and semiconductor manufacturing process.

8 Nov 2019 - 8:29PM
Huawei defies the odds to lead global telecoms market after 180 days on US trade blacklist

Huawei has weathered the storm remarkably well so far, but may need to batten down the hatches as political and economic headwinds still threaten its survival.

Huawei has weathered the storm remarkably well so far, but may need to batten down the hatches as political and economic headwinds still threaten its survival.

8 Nov 2019 - 7:15AM
Huawei founder calls on Europe, Japan to step up development of alternative tech amid US blacklist

The US trade ban restricts the Chinese telecoms equipment giant from buying vital American hi-tech components, such as semiconductors and software.

The US trade ban restricts the Chinese telecoms equipment giant from buying vital American hi-tech components, such as semiconductors and software.

7 Nov 2019 - 9:08AM
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei responds to HR issues after worker complaints go viral online

The criticism of Huawei has emerged at a time when the hard-working culture among Chinese tech companies in general is coming under wider public scrutiny.

The criticism of Huawei has emerged at a time when the hard-working culture among Chinese tech companies in general is coming under wider public scrutiny.

6 Nov 2019 - 7:55PM
Xiaomi eyes 2020 Japan smartphone market entry as it seeks to grow overseas amid rising pressure at home

Hong Kong-listed Xiaomi, the world’s fourth largest smartphone supplier, has pledged to continue building and expanding new retail channels outside China.

Hong Kong-listed Xiaomi, the world’s fourth largest smartphone supplier, has pledged to continue building and expanding new retail channels outside China.

5 Nov 2019 - 10:08PM
Apple-bashing Chinese CEO’s mountain of debt lands him on official ‘deadbeat’ list

Smartisan founder Luo Yonghao is now barred from taking flights or high-speed train trips as well as any sort of lavish spending, such as staying in luxurious hotels or golf clubs.

Smartisan founder Luo Yonghao is now barred from taking flights or high-speed train trips as well as any sort of lavish spending, such as staying in luxurious hotels or golf clubs.

5 Nov 2019 - 6:50AM
US suppliers will get green light to resume sales to Huawei ‘very soon’, says Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

In mid-May Huawei and 68 affiliates were placed on a US trade blacklist that prevented them from using US technologies and software without approval

In mid-May Huawei and 68 affiliates were placed on a US trade blacklist that prevented them from using US technologies and software without approval

4 Nov 2019 - 10:41PM
China’s telecoms operators launch 5G tariff plans as network roll-outs push ahead despite trade war

Monthly 5G service plans in China start at a minimum of about US$18, with 30 gigabytes of data usage and download speeds of up to 300 gigabits per second.

Monthly 5G service plans in China start at a minimum of about US$18, with 30 gigabytes of data usage and download speeds of up to 300 gigabits per second.

1 Nov 2019 - 7:53AM
Tim Cook says easing of trade tensions, price cuts helped Apple stabilise business in China

Beyond the demand for iPhones, Apple’s services and wearables businesses showed high growth in the world’s second largest economy.

Beyond the demand for iPhones, Apple’s services and wearables businesses showed high growth in the world’s second largest economy.

31 Oct 2019 - 9:23PM
Huawei outsells its three local rivals combined and surges at Apple’s expense in world’s largest smartphone market

China’s leading smartphone maker further extended its dominance in the domestic market, eroding the share of all other competitors amid an ongoing US technology ban

China’s leading smartphone maker further extended its dominance in the domestic market, eroding the share of all other competitors amid an ongoing US technology ban

30 Oct 2019 - 10:58PM
Chinese factories rushing to get knock-offs of Apple’s AirPods Pro to local buyers the day after US release

Apple’s AirPods are such a hit in China that local factories are rushing to make knock-offs of the latest version that goes on sale Wednesday in the US.

Apple’s AirPods are such a hit in China that local factories are rushing to make knock-offs of the latest version that goes on sale Wednesday in the US.

30 Oct 2019 - 2:38PM
ZTE steps up 5G network gear deployment overseas as capital spending in China is set to decline

The Shenzhen-based company has secured 35 commercial 5G equipment supply contracts across major markets around the world.

The Shenzhen-based company has secured 35 commercial 5G equipment supply contracts across major markets around the world.

29 Oct 2019 - 8:34AM
Huawei prices its Mate X 5G foldable phone at US$2,400 for China and limited supplies may make it hard to get

Huawei and Samsung Electronics are the only major handset brands that currently have foldable phone offerings.

Huawei and Samsung Electronics are the only major handset brands that currently have foldable phone offerings.

23 Oct 2019 - 9:21PM
Oppo said to push ahead with smartphone sales in Hong Kong in face of ongoing anti-government protests

The Oppo Reno 2, a mid-range handset, will be sold in some shops belonging to local carriers and retail chains in Hong Kong.

The Oppo Reno 2, a mid-range handset, will be sold in some shops belonging to local carriers and retail chains in Hong Kong.

23 Oct 2019 - 11:05PM