Li Tao

Li Tao is a senior technology reporter, 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.
Li Tao
Li Tao is a senior technology reporter, 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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Huawei set to find out if consumers will still buy its phones without Google services under US trade ban

Google’s compliance with the US order could mean that future Huawei devices will lose access to popular Google services, including the Google Play app store

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Google’s compliance with the US order could mean that future Huawei devices will lose access to popular Google services, including the Google Play app store

Huawei set to find out if consumers will still buy its phones without Google services under US trade ban
A Mercedes-Benz S600 offers faint reminder of a once high-profile Chinese smartphone brand

Gionee was one of the high-profile casualties in China’s competitive smartphone market, where manufacturers competed with each other to spend on marketing and scores of copycat products can sprout overnight

20 May 2019 - 6:00AM

Gionee was one of the high-profile casualties in China’s competitive smartphone market, where manufacturers competed with each other to spend on marketing and scores of copycat products can sprout overnight

A Mercedes-Benz S600 offers faint reminder of a once high-profile Chinese smartphone brand
Huawei’s chip unit says it prepared years ago for doomsday scenario of US tech ban

The US placed Huawei and its affiliates on a trade blacklist, a precursor to denying sales of American technology that brought the smaller Chinese telecommunications gear maker ZTE to the brink of collapse

17 May 2019 - 11:29PM

The US placed Huawei and its affiliates on a trade blacklist, a precursor to denying sales of American technology that brought the smaller Chinese telecommunications gear maker ZTE to the brink of collapse

Huawei’s chip unit says it prepared years ago for doomsday scenario of US tech ban
Huawei’s day of reckoning arrives – but it has been preparing for almost a year

Double-barrel hit on Huawei as Trump signs executive order banning its products and commerce department adds Chinese company to Entity List, but US suppliers in China at risk from fallout if Beijing retaliates

17 May 2019 - 1:30PM

Double-barrel hit on Huawei as Trump signs executive order banning its products and commerce department adds Chinese company to Entity List, but US suppliers in China at risk from fallout if Beijing retaliates

Huawei’s day of reckoning arrives – but it has been preparing for almost a year
Alibaba projects 500 billion yuan in annual revenue amid escalation in US-China trade war

The New York-listed company said its revenue rose 39 per cent to 376.8 billion yuan (US$54.7 billion) for the 12-month period ended March, excluding newly consolidated revenues.

15 May 2019 - 11:24PM

The New York-listed company said its revenue rose 39 per cent to 376.8 billion yuan (US$54.7 billion) for the 12-month period ended March, excluding newly consolidated revenues.

Alibaba projects 500 billion yuan in annual revenue amid escalation in US-China trade war
Alipay extends mobile payment services to 300,000 retailers in Japan

Chinese tourists are visiting Japan in increasing numbers and they are using mobile payments instead of credit cards. Retailers who accepted Alipay reported an increasing in foot traffic and transaction amount by Chinese travellers.

15 May 2019 - 4:04PM

Chinese tourists are visiting Japan in increasing numbers and they are using mobile payments instead of credit cards. Retailers who accepted Alipay reported an increasing in foot traffic and transaction amount by Chinese travellers.

Alipay extends mobile payment services to 300,000 retailers in Japan
Huawei finance chief Meng Wanzhou thanks employees in rare comments since Vancouver arrest

Meng said it brought tears to her eyes to learn that many Huawei people stayed up all night to watch her court appearances, despite the vast time difference

14 May 2019 - 6:23PM

Meng said it brought tears to her eyes to learn that many Huawei people stayed up all night to watch her court appearances, despite the vast time difference

Huawei finance chief Meng Wanzhou thanks employees in rare comments since Vancouver arrest
HTC pulls smartphone sales from Tmall and JD.com in China after falling behind domestic players

The struggling Taiwanese consumer electronics firm is betting that blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies represent the next wave of innovation for phones

13 May 2019 - 12:34PM

The struggling Taiwanese consumer electronics firm is betting that blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies represent the next wave of innovation for phones

HTC pulls smartphone sales from Tmall and JD.com in China after falling behind domestic players
Consumers willing to pay 20 per cent premium for 5G smartphones: Ericsson

Half of early adopters are willing to pay as much as 32 per cent more for 5G devices even though wide adoption of the network won’t officially kick off until next year

8 May 2019 - 6:00AM

Half of early adopters are willing to pay as much as 32 per cent more for 5G devices even though wide adoption of the network won’t officially kick off until next year

Consumers willing to pay 20 per cent premium for 5G smartphones: Ericsson
Huawei says 5G network security is a technical issue and not a country one, responding to Prague proposals

Representatives from around 30 western nations agreed to broad, non-binding Prague Proposals, which outline a coordinated approach to 5G security and policy measures

6 May 2019 - 10:38PM

Representatives from around 30 western nations agreed to broad, non-binding Prague Proposals, which outline a coordinated approach to 5G security and policy measures

Huawei says 5G network security is a technical issue and not a country one, responding to Prague proposals
Shenzhen AI start-up Intellifusion helps city police identify jaywalkers and banned drivers

Intellifusion is the invisible hand helping the city’s traffic police catch traffic rules violators, no matter whether they are driving or walking.

4 May 2019 - 6:53AM

Intellifusion is the invisible hand helping the city’s traffic police catch traffic rules violators, no matter whether they are driving or walking.

Shenzhen AI start-up Intellifusion helps city police identify jaywalkers and banned drivers
ZTE expects US$178 million first-half profit as it boosts R&D spending for 5G development

China’s second largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer predicts a turnaround in its business this year after 7.8 billion yuan loss in first half of 2018.

30 Apr 2019 - 10:57PM

China’s second largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer predicts a turnaround in its business this year after 7.8 billion yuan loss in first half of 2018.

ZTE expects US$178 million first-half profit as it boosts R&D spending for 5G development
Who controls Huawei? Chinese telecoms leader’s ownership structure explained in more detail

Unlike many large-scale enterprises in China, Huawei has long promoted itself as a company owned by its current and former employees only.

1 May 2019 - 6:18PM

Unlike many large-scale enterprises in China, Huawei has long promoted itself as a company owned by its current and former employees only.

Who controls Huawei? Chinese telecoms leader’s ownership structure explained in more detail
Huawei’s position as 5G chip maker strengthened after Apple settles dispute with Qualcomm

Huawei now a major player up against Qualcomm in the 5G modem chip market even though the Chinese company only uses the devices in its own smartphones.

28 Apr 2019 - 1:55AM

Huawei now a major player up against Qualcomm in the 5G modem chip market even though the Chinese company only uses the devices in its own smartphones.

Huawei’s position as 5G chip maker strengthened after Apple settles dispute with Qualcomm
Huawei fights back against claim in research paper that it is government funded and controlled

Huawei rejects research paper claims that it is funded and controlled by the government.

26 Apr 2019 - 12:00AM

Huawei rejects research paper claims that it is funded and controlled by the government.

Huawei fights back against claim in research paper that it is government funded and controlled
Huawei’s first quarter revenue increases 39 per cent as it reveals big jump in global smartphone shipments

Huawei said it shipped 59 million smartphones in first quarter. No revenue figures for specific business segments were announced.

22 Apr 2019 - 11:31PM

Huawei said it shipped 59 million smartphones in first quarter. No revenue figures for specific business segments were announced.

Huawei’s first quarter revenue increases 39 per cent as it reveals big jump in global smartphone shipments
Qualcomm said to end chip partnership with local government in China’s rural Guizhou province

Move comes amid rising technology tensions between the US and China and after Qualcomm settled its licensing dispute with Apple

28 Apr 2019 - 1:57AM

Move comes amid rising technology tensions between the US and China and after Qualcomm settled its licensing dispute with Apple

Qualcomm said to end chip partnership with local government in China’s rural Guizhou province
Ericsson says it is facing an antitrust probe in China over its intellectual property licensing

The antitrust probe of Ericsson comes at a time when the world is gearing up for the roll out of ultra-fast 5G networks

17 Apr 2019 - 1:12PM

The antitrust probe of Ericsson comes at a time when the world is gearing up for the roll out of ultra-fast 5G networks

Ericsson says it is facing an antitrust probe in China over its intellectual property licensing
Huawei’s ‘offer’ to sell 5G chips to Apple unlikely to happen in current political climate, say analysts

Current political climate would cloud any deal even if Apple wanted to cooperate and use Huawei’s 5G chipsets

15 Apr 2019 - 10:14PM

Current political climate would cloud any deal even if Apple wanted to cooperate and use Huawei’s 5G chipsets

Huawei’s ‘offer’ to sell 5G chips to Apple unlikely to happen in current political climate, say analysts
Explainer | SenseNets: the facial recognition company that supplies China’s Skynet surveillance system

Victor Gevers, co-founder of non-profit organisation GDI.Foundation, tweeted in February that a SenseNets online database was left unprotected for months.

12 Apr 2019 - 8:32AM

Victor Gevers, co-founder of non-profit organisation GDI.Foundation, tweeted in February that a SenseNets online database was left unprotected for months.

SenseNets: the facial recognition company that supplies China’s Skynet surveillance system
China’s US$10 budget phone maker seeks fortune in Belt and Road countries

Transsion plans to invest 3 billion yuan, following its IPO in Shanghai, to build more factories, research and development centres, and new consumer electronics product lines.

8 Apr 2019 - 6:00AM

Transsion plans to invest 3 billion yuan, following its IPO in Shanghai, to build more factories, research and development centres, and new consumer electronics product lines.

China’s US$10 budget phone maker seeks fortune in Belt and Road countries
Huawei to restructure traditional network gear business after surging smartphones sales take the spotlight

Huawei to strengthen contribution from its carrier business group after consumer business became the biggest contributor to record revenue for the first time last year.

5 Apr 2019 - 6:48AM

Huawei to strengthen contribution from its carrier business group after consumer business became the biggest contributor to record revenue for the first time last year.

Huawei to restructure traditional network gear business after surging smartphones sales take the spotlight
Sequoia’s Neil Shen tops the list of China venture capital investors according to CB Insights ranking

Shen’s Sequoia, which has previously invested in e-commerce giants Alibaba Group Holding and JD.com, has invested in about 50 unicorn start-ups.

2 Apr 2019 - 10:45PM

Shen’s Sequoia, which has previously invested in e-commerce giants Alibaba Group Holding and JD.com, has invested in about 50 unicorn start-ups.

Sequoia’s Neil Shen tops the list of China venture capital investors according to CB Insights ranking
Huawei challenges competitors to subject themselves to same regulatory scrutiny, allow source code testing

Huawei’s network security record has been best in the industry over past 30 years, according to chairman, who called on peers to lift the standards of the entire industry.

30 Mar 2019 - 9:19AM

Huawei’s network security record has been best in the industry over past 30 years, according to chairman, who called on peers to lift the standards of the entire industry.

Huawei challenges competitors to subject themselves to same regulatory scrutiny, allow source code testing
Huawei sales cross US$100 billion mark in 2018 as smartphones overtake flat network gear business

Huawei’s consumer business group became the biggest contributor to a record revenue for the first time in 2018 as it creeps up on Samsung as global smartphone leader.

29 Mar 2019 - 11:30PM

Huawei’s consumer business group became the biggest contributor to a record revenue for the first time in 2018 as it creeps up on Samsung as global smartphone leader.

Huawei sales cross US$100 billion mark in 2018 as smartphones overtake flat network gear business
UK chides Huawei for equipment security flaws, but rules out Chinese state interference

Government-led watchdog says it can provide only ‘limited assurance’ to manage security risks of Huawei gear installed in the UK.

28 Mar 2019 - 11:28PM

Government-led watchdog says it can provide only ‘limited assurance’ to manage security risks of Huawei gear installed in the UK.

UK chides Huawei for equipment security flaws, but rules out Chinese state interference
ZTE to boost 5G, cybersecurity initiatives after posting a record US$1 billion annual loss in 2018

The Chinese telecoms equipment giant expects to turn its fortunes around with a first-quarter net profit of up to US$179 million.

28 Mar 2019 - 8:20AM

The Chinese telecoms equipment giant expects to turn its fortunes around with a first-quarter net profit of up to US$179 million.

ZTE to boost 5G, cybersecurity initiatives after posting a record US$1 billion annual loss in 2018
EU ignores US calls for blanket ban on Huawei in Europe as Chinese company’s 5G expertise helps its cause

European reluctance to fall into line with US demands may have a lot to do with Huawei’s reputation for providing high-quality, cost-effective technology, experts say.

27 Mar 2019 - 10:08AM

European reluctance to fall into line with US demands may have a lot to do with Huawei’s reputation for providing high-quality, cost-effective technology, experts say.

EU ignores US calls for blanket ban on Huawei in Europe as Chinese company’s 5G expertise helps its cause
ZTE steps up 5G investments as it seeks comeback after near-death experience

The Shenzhen-based telecoms equipment giant posted a record annual loss of US$1 billion in 2018, when it was brought to the brink of collapse by a US export ban.

27 Mar 2019 - 9:54PM

The Shenzhen-based telecoms equipment giant posted a record annual loss of US$1 billion in 2018, when it was brought to the brink of collapse by a US export ban.

ZTE steps up 5G investments as it seeks comeback after near-death experience
China smartphone makers spin off secondary brands to go upscale

Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi are going after consumers in the high-end segment of the global smartphone market.

24 Mar 2019 - 10:17PM

Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi are going after consumers in the high-end segment of the global smartphone market.

China smartphone makers spin off secondary brands to go upscale