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 delays sale of Mate 30 smartphones in Europe as trade ban bars access to Google apps, services

The telecommunications equipment giant will promote its own Huawei Mobile Services ecosystem in lieu of Google’s.

20 Sep 2019 - 3:52PM

The telecommunications equipment giant will promote its own Huawei Mobile Services ecosystem in lieu of Google’s.

Huawei delays sale of Mate 30 smartphones in Europe as trade ban bars access to Google apps, services
China’s Huawei puts up US$1.5 billion to attract developers in computing ecosystem push

The leader in 5G technology sees AI and computing as the next big opportunity

18 Sep 2019 - 10:57PM

The leader in 5G technology sees AI and computing as the next big opportunity

China’s Huawei puts up US$1.5 billion to attract developers in computing ecosystem push
Vivo offers new smartphone with 5G, 4G versions as China demand for advanced service still in early days

Less than 1 million 5G smartphones are forecast to sell in China this year, but that number is projected to grow to 57 million next year as 5G network services expand, according to IDC.

16 Sep 2019 - 10:29PM

Less than 1 million 5G smartphones are forecast to sell in China this year, but that number is projected to grow to 57 million next year as 5G network services expand, according to IDC.

Vivo offers new smartphone with 5G, 4G versions as China demand for advanced service still in early days
Taiwan became top chip manufacturer with US help. Can it stay there?

Semiconductors have become the cornerstone technology of the information age and Taiwan has managed to carve out a leading industry position.

12 Sep 2019 - 2:50AM

Semiconductors have become the cornerstone technology of the information age and Taiwan has managed to carve out a leading industry position.

Taiwan became top chip manufacturer with US help. Can it stay there?
Oppo unveils new Reno phone in China as it seeks to better compete with Apple – but there is no 5G

Delayed introduction of a 5G handset for China is a strategic play and not down to technical reasons, says Oppo

11 Sep 2019 - 11:47AM

Delayed introduction of a 5G handset for China is a strategic play and not down to technical reasons, says Oppo

Oppo unveils new Reno phone in China as it seeks to better compete with Apple – but there is no 5G
Without 5G support, new iPhones may struggle in China’s cutthroat smartphone market

Global 5G smartphone sales are projected to surpass those of 4G handsets from 2023, when 51.4 per cent of the market goes 5G.

11 Sep 2019 - 9:15AM

Global 5G smartphone sales are projected to surpass those of 4G handsets from 2023, when 51.4 per cent of the market goes 5G.

Without 5G support, new iPhones may struggle in China’s cutthroat smartphone market
Huawei, ZTE expand share in global telecoms gear, but all eyes are on the second half amid trade tensions

The Chinese telecoms equipment giants’ solid first-half performance may not reflect the industry’s full situation because the US trade ban on Huawei was imposed in May.

30 Aug 2019 - 11:21PM

The Chinese telecoms equipment giants’ solid first-half performance may not reflect the industry’s full situation because the US trade ban on Huawei was imposed in May.

Huawei, ZTE expand share in global telecoms gear, but all eyes are on the second half amid trade tensions
Huawei may delay 5G Mate 30 smartphone sales overseas because of US trade ban

The US trade ban on Huawei prevents the Chinese telecommunications equipment giant from selling its new high-end smartphone with popular Google mobile services.

29 Aug 2019 - 7:58PM

The US trade ban on Huawei prevents the Chinese telecommunications equipment giant from selling its new high-end smartphone with popular Google mobile services.

Huawei may delay 5G Mate 30 smartphone sales overseas because of US trade ban
ZTE posts US$85 million quarterly profit, rebounding from loss a year ago, on back of 5G equipment business

Revenue in the second quarter jumped 188 per cent to 22.4 billion yuan as 5G network equipment roll-outs picked up steam.

28 Aug 2019 - 2:05AM

Revenue in the second quarter jumped 188 per cent to 22.4 billion yuan as 5G network equipment roll-outs picked up steam.

ZTE posts US$85 million quarterly profit, rebounding from loss a year ago, on back of 5G equipment business
Xiaomi’s budget brand Redmi bashed by state media for ad reference to ‘five demands’ of Hong Kong protesters

State media criticism pushed the Redmi ad to one of the top topics on Sina Weibo before it was pulled

28 Aug 2019 - 9:29AM

State media criticism pushed the Redmi ad to one of the top topics on Sina Weibo before it was pulled

Xiaomi’s budget brand Redmi bashed by state media for ad reference to ‘five demands’ of Hong Kong protesters
Huawei unveils new AI chip aimed at growing its share of the booming cloud services market

Huawei wants to provide stronger computing power to increase the speed of complex AI models, making the technology more affordable and effective.

23 Aug 2019 - 10:39PM

Huawei wants to provide stronger computing power to increase the speed of complex AI models, making the technology more affordable and effective.

Huawei unveils new AI chip aimed at growing its share of the booming cloud services market
MediaTek to step up investment in R&D, bet on 5G as more mainland China firms make their own chips

President Xi Jinping has called for greater self-sufficiency in strategic industries, such as semiconductors, as China’s trade war with the US escalates.

23 Aug 2019 - 6:00AM

President Xi Jinping has called for greater self-sufficiency in strategic industries, such as semiconductors, as China’s trade war with the US escalates.

MediaTek to step up investment in R&D, bet on 5G as more mainland China firms make their own chips
Xiaomi posts 87 per cent quarterly profit decline amid global smartphone market slowdown

The Beijing-based company shipped 32.1 million smartphones worldwide in the second quarter, but lost market share in China.

20 Aug 2019 - 11:05PM

The Beijing-based company shipped 32.1 million smartphones worldwide in the second quarter, but lost market share in China.

Xiaomi posts 87 per cent quarterly profit decline amid global smartphone market slowdown
Caught in trade war, Huawei may seize 90-day US trade reprieve to plan next moves

Analysts see Huawei continuing to deal with adversity as it remains embroiled in the US-China trade war and under Washington’s Entity List, which restricts its ability to buy hardware, software and services from American hi-tech companies.

20 Aug 2019 - 10:07AM

Analysts see Huawei continuing to deal with adversity as it remains embroiled in the US-China trade war and under Washington’s Entity List, which restricts its ability to buy hardware, software and services from American hi-tech companies.

Caught in trade war, Huawei may seize 90-day US trade reprieve to plan next moves
Chinese smartphone brands such as Oppo are winning in Southeast Asia despite concerns over Huawei

The deep-pocketed Chinese smartphone players are driving into emerging markets, leveraging the same kind of strategies they used to gain market share at home.

20 Aug 2019 - 7:45AM

The deep-pocketed Chinese smartphone players are driving into emerging markets, leveraging the same kind of strategies they used to gain market share at home.

Chinese smartphone brands such as Oppo are winning in Southeast Asia despite concerns over Huawei
Here’s what you need to know about Huawei’s Ark Compiler - which can port Android apps to new OS

Ark Compiler is a critical part of Huawei’s strategy to combat US trade ban by building an ecosystem for new operating system.

15 Aug 2019 - 11:24AM

Ark Compiler is a critical part of Huawei’s strategy to combat US trade ban by building an ecosystem for new operating system.

Here’s what you need to know about Huawei’s Ark Compiler - which can port Android apps to new OS
Huawei unveils smart displays under Honor brand equipped with alternative operating system to Android

More than 4,000 researchers have been involved in the development of the Harmony operating system, which Huawei is banking on as a backup should it be barred from access to Google’s Android.

11 Aug 2019 - 2:00PM

More than 4,000 researchers have been involved in the development of the Harmony operating system, which Huawei is banking on as a backup should it be barred from access to Google’s Android.

Huawei unveils smart displays under Honor brand equipped with alternative operating system to Android
Huawei buys time with its fledgling Harmony OS as it waits to see if it can still use Google’s Android

Huawei says its Harmony OS, based on a light microkernel system, can adapt to different scenarios and be shared across different devices seamlessly.

9 Aug 2019 - 11:48PM

Huawei says its Harmony OS, based on a light microkernel system, can adapt to different scenarios and be shared across different devices seamlessly.

Huawei buys time with its fledgling Harmony OS as it waits to see if it can still use Google’s Android
Huawei offers top talent at least five times what their peers are making to join Chinese giant

Huawei is paying top dollar for talent as it seeks to accelerate its research and development efforts.

8 Aug 2019 - 3:00PM

Huawei is paying top dollar for talent as it seeks to accelerate its research and development efforts.

Huawei offers top talent at least five times what their peers are making to join Chinese giant
Huawei set to unveil Hongmeng OS for smart displays as Android fate hangs in the balance

Google and Microsoft, whose Android and Windows operating systems are currently used on Huawei’s laptops and tablets, have both suspended access due to trade blacklist.

7 Aug 2019 - 10:58PM

Google and Microsoft, whose Android and Windows operating systems are currently used on Huawei’s laptops and tablets, have both suspended access due to trade blacklist.

Huawei set to unveil Hongmeng OS for smart displays as Android fate hangs in the balance
Global chip sales continue to decline as US-China trade war escalates

Worldwide semiconductor sales fell 16.8 per cent year on year to US$98.2 billion in the three months ended June 30.

6 Aug 2019 - 10:46PM

Worldwide semiconductor sales fell 16.8 per cent year on year to US$98.2 billion in the three months ended June 30.

Global chip sales continue to decline as US-China trade war escalates
Chinese smartphone brands do battle in India as more consumers upgrade to expensive models

Rising demand for more expensive smartphones is changing the perception of India as a low-priced market dominated by sales of cheap features phones.

2 Aug 2019 - 11:14PM

Rising demand for more expensive smartphones is changing the perception of India as a low-priced market dominated by sales of cheap features phones.

Chinese smartphone brands do battle in India as more consumers upgrade to expensive models
Apple’s sales performance in China recovers as CEO Tim Cook says Mac production will continue in US

Apple’s latest results come as US and Chinese trade negotiators meet in Shanghai for their first in-person talks since a G20 truce last month.

31 Jul 2019 - 12:47PM

Apple’s latest results come as US and Chinese trade negotiators meet in Shanghai for their first in-person talks since a G20 truce last month.

Apple’s sales performance in China recovers as CEO Tim Cook says Mac production will continue in US
Huawei enters period of reckoning for smartphone business as Android resumption hangs in the balance

The successful overseas launch of Huawei’s newest flagship device, the Mate 30, would depend on a host of factors – chief among them is whether the firm will be cleared to use Google’s Android operating system.

31 Jul 2019 - 7:17AM

The successful overseas launch of Huawei’s newest flagship device, the Mate 30, would depend on a host of factors – chief among them is whether the firm will be cleared to use Google’s Android operating system.

Huawei enters period of reckoning for smartphone business as Android resumption hangs in the balance
Can ex-Huawei executive help ByteDance crack the tough smartphone market?

A self-developed smartphone would offer a strong foothold for ByteDance’s fast-expanding universe of internet service offerings, say analysts.

31 Jul 2019 - 6:10AM

A self-developed smartphone would offer a strong foothold for ByteDance’s fast-expanding universe of internet service offerings, say analysts.

Can ex-Huawei executive help ByteDance crack the tough smartphone market?
Huawei first-half revenue surges 23 per cent as China telecoms giant fights off US tech ban impact

Huawei has managed to boost sales despite the pressure it faces from a US trade ban, which has prevented it from buying American-made technology.

31 Jul 2019 - 9:53AM

Huawei has managed to boost sales despite the pressure it faces from a US trade ban, which has prevented it from buying American-made technology.

Huawei first-half revenue surges 23 per cent as China telecoms giant fights off US tech ban impact
Cryptocurrency entrepreneur Justin Sun ran a hook-up app before his US$4.6 million Warren Buffett lunch bid

Peiwo, which has been criticised for vulgar and pornographic content, was recently taken down from app stores in China.

27 Jul 2019 - 10:39PM

Peiwo, which has been criticised for vulgar and pornographic content, was recently taken down from app stores in China.

Cryptocurrency entrepreneur Justin Sun ran a hook-up app before his US$4.6 million Warren Buffett lunch bid
China suspects that FedEx misrepresented the facts over re-routing of Huawei packages, Xinhua says

Regulators found that FedEx had held back more than 100 Huawei-related shipments, with further information coming to light as a result of an investigation.

26 Jul 2019 - 3:11PM

Regulators found that FedEx had held back more than 100 Huawei-related shipments, with further information coming to light as a result of an investigation.

China suspects that FedEx misrepresented the facts over re-routing of Huawei packages, Xinhua says
Chinese cryptocurrency billionaire Justin Sun apologises for overhyping US$4.6m lunch with Warren Buffett

Founder of cryptocurrency platform Tron apologises for ‘excessive marketing and overhyping behaviour’, promising to become a role model for youth

25 Jul 2019 - 7:00PM

Founder of cryptocurrency platform Tron apologises for ‘excessive marketing and overhyping behaviour’, promising to become a role model for youth

Chinese cryptocurrency billionaire Justin Sun apologises for overhyping US$4.6m lunch with Warren Buffett
Huawei offers US$300,000 salaries to top tech talent in bid to stay ahead

Recruitment drive aims to bolster Huawei’s army of researchers, as over 600 jobs are to be cut at US subsidiary following Washington’s decision to put it on trade blacklist.

24 Jul 2019 - 10:34AM

Recruitment drive aims to bolster Huawei’s army of researchers, as over 600 jobs are to be cut at US subsidiary following Washington’s decision to put it on trade blacklist.

Huawei offers US$300,000 salaries to top tech talent in bid to stay ahead