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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How China’s Simi Mobile is conquering Africa, one country at a time

The African continent has long been a battleground among Chinese smartphone brands, which together control 53 per cent of the market.

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The African continent has long been a battleground among Chinese smartphone brands, which together control 53 per cent of the market.

How China’s Simi Mobile is conquering Africa, one country at a time
China sees more room for TV sales with 5G spurring consumers to upgrade

China may benefit from consumer upgrades as 5G enables connected devices and unleashes more functionality available only in new, intelligent TVs. But one market remains firmly in South Korean giant Samsung’s hands: AMOLED high-end displays

19 Jul 2019 - 11:05PM

China may benefit from consumer upgrades as 5G enables connected devices and unleashes more functionality available only in new, intelligent TVs. But one market remains firmly in South Korean giant Samsung’s hands: AMOLED high-end displays

China sees more room for TV sales with 5G spurring consumers to upgrade
Nearly 60 per cent of Huawei’s 50 5G contracts are from Europe

Europe is a key market for Huawei’s 5G equipment, especially since the US has been pressuring its allies to shun the Chinese telecommunications network gear maker.

19 Jul 2019 - 11:43PM

Europe is a key market for Huawei’s 5G equipment, especially since the US has been pressuring its allies to shun the Chinese telecommunications network gear maker.

Nearly 60 per cent of Huawei’s 50 5G contracts are from Europe
China’s 5G network investments to grow rapidly, eclipsing buildout in North America

The world’s second largest economy is expected to have 460 million 5G connections by the end of 2025, accounting for 28 per cent of total mobile connections in the country, according to the China Internet Report.

19 Jul 2019 - 11:46AM

The world’s second largest economy is expected to have 460 million 5G connections by the end of 2025, accounting for 28 per cent of total mobile connections in the country, according to the China Internet Report.

China’s 5G network investments to grow rapidly, eclipsing buildout in North America
Huawei keeps market guessing whether new Honor smart displays will run on its own Hongmeng OS

Based on recent statements by Huawei executives, its new Honor smart displays could be company’s first product to feature the in-house developed OS

16 Jul 2019 - 9:00AM

Based on recent statements by Huawei executives, its new Honor smart displays could be company’s first product to feature the in-house developed OS

Huawei keeps market guessing whether new Honor smart displays will run on its own Hongmeng OS
Huawei increased first-half revenue despite US trade ban, chairman says

The stakes are high for Huawei because the trade ban was earlier estimated to wipe out US$30 billion of sales growth.

12 Jul 2019 - 11:01PM

The stakes are high for Huawei because the trade ban was earlier estimated to wipe out US$30 billion of sales growth.

Huawei increased first-half revenue despite US trade ban, chairman says
Trade war prompts venture capitalist GGV to seek fresh opportunities outside China, US

GGV, known for its recent bets in Xiaomi Corp and ByteDance, sharpens focus on new deals in India and Southeast Asia.

11 Jul 2019 - 12:22PM

GGV, known for its recent bets in Xiaomi Corp and ByteDance, sharpens focus on new deals in India and Southeast Asia.

Trade war prompts venture capitalist GGV to seek fresh opportunities outside China, US
Baidu founder Robin Li’s water attacker detained as stunt goes viral - and you can even buy a t-shirt

The sharp-dressing Li appears to have won over more admirers following the incident, with a number of social media posts praising his cool demeanour.

5 Jul 2019 - 12:55PM

The sharp-dressing Li appears to have won over more admirers following the incident, with a number of social media posts praising his cool demeanour.

Baidu founder Robin Li’s water attacker detained as stunt goes viral - and you can even buy a t-shirt
Huawei founder predicts limited impact from Trump decision to allow sales of some US tech products to the company

After US president says American companies can resume selling to Huawei, its founder says the focus will remain on ‘doing our own job right’.

3 Jul 2019 - 10:38PM

After US president says American companies can resume selling to Huawei, its founder says the focus will remain on ‘doing our own job right’.

Huawei founder predicts limited impact from Trump decision to allow sales of some US tech products to the company
Chinese consumers to account for one-third of 5G smartphones globally by 2023, says research firm

With the 5G roll out underway, Chinese consumers are expected to be keen early adopters

3 Jul 2019 - 5:21AM

With the 5G roll out underway, Chinese consumers are expected to be keen early adopters

Chinese consumers to account for one-third of 5G smartphones globally by 2023, says research firm
Huawei sharpens focus on China after US ban leaves Chinese telecoms giant bewildered

Increased domestic sales push includes a range of smartphones, mobile network equipment and laptops, as well as surveillance systems and cloud services.

1 Jul 2019 - 5:56PM

Increased domestic sales push includes a range of smartphones, mobile network equipment and laptops, as well as surveillance systems and cloud services.

Huawei sharpens focus on China after US ban leaves Chinese telecoms giant bewildered
Huawei shipped more than 100 million smartphones to end of May, before US tech ban kicked in

Shenzhen-based company shipped 100 million handsets under the Huawei and Honor brands both domestically and abroad up to May 30

28 Jun 2019 - 10:52PM

Shenzhen-based company shipped 100 million handsets under the Huawei and Honor brands both domestically and abroad up to May 30

Huawei shipped more than 100 million smartphones to end of May, before  US tech ban kicked in
Huawei warns against ‘politicisation’ of intellectual property and says it has never engaged in IP theft

The tensions over intellectual property and US pressure on Huawei come amid a wider trade and tech war between the US and China.

27 Jun 2019 - 11:33PM

The tensions over intellectual property and US pressure on Huawei come amid a wider trade and tech war between the US and China.

Huawei warns against ‘politicisation’ of intellectual property and says it has never engaged in IP theft
China ‘has decided not to fan the flames on supercomputing rivalry’ amid US tensions

China’s concession to play a low-key game on supercomputing rivalry did not stop the US from adding five Chinese top supercomputing developers to its trade blacklist

26 Jun 2019 - 8:08AM

China’s concession to play a low-key game on supercomputing rivalry did not stop the US from adding five Chinese top supercomputing developers to its trade blacklist

China ‘has decided not to fan the flames on supercomputing rivalry’ amid US tensions
ZTE secures more than 25 commercial 5G network contracts as it steps up turnaround efforts

Chinese telecoms gear maker indicated that more deals are in the works, based on its 5G partnership commitments with more than 60 carriers around the world.

25 Jun 2019 - 7:26PM

Chinese telecoms gear maker indicated that more deals are in the works, based on its 5G partnership commitments with more than 60 carriers around the world.

ZTE secures more than 25 commercial 5G network contracts as it steps up turnaround efforts
Huawei promises consumers in the Philippines a full refund if Gmail and Facebook won’t work on its devices

Refund offer comes after 40 per cent drop in overseas sales of Huawei-brand smartphones following a US trade ban.

19 Jun 2019 - 9:04PM

Refund offer comes after 40 per cent drop in overseas sales of Huawei-brand smartphones following a US trade ban.

Huawei promises consumers in the Philippines a full refund if Gmail and Facebook won’t work on its devices
China fails to wrest supercomputer crown from US as trade and tech tensions continue to swirl

China is planning a multibillion-dollar investment to upgrade its supercomputer infrastructure to regain leadership after the US took top spot in 2018.

18 Jun 2019 - 11:02PM

China is planning a multibillion-dollar investment to upgrade its supercomputer infrastructure to regain leadership after the US took top spot in 2018.

China fails to wrest supercomputer crown from US as trade and tech tensions continue to swirl
Huawei CEO says he did not expect such a ferocious, large-scale US attack on the Chinese telecoms giant

Ren Zhengfei says US trade blacklist likely to cost the telecoms giant US$30 billion in sales growth.

18 Jun 2019 - 8:04AM

Ren Zhengfei says US trade blacklist likely to cost the telecoms giant US$30 billion in sales growth.

Huawei CEO says he did not expect such a ferocious, large-scale US attack on the Chinese telecoms giant
Huawei wins half of China Mobile’s 5G network contracts while Ericsson picks up a third

Hong Kong-listed China Mobile, Unicom and China Telecom currently buy their network equipment from multiple suppliers, including Nokia and Ericsson.

17 Jun 2019 - 6:10PM

Hong Kong-listed China Mobile, Unicom and China Telecom currently buy their network equipment from multiple suppliers, including Nokia and Ericsson.

Huawei wins half of China Mobile’s 5G network contracts while Ericsson picks up a third
Huawei’s Richard Yu may have the toughest job in the tech world - taking on Apple without Android

Richard Yu has always been vocal about Huawei’s ambition to become top of the smartphone heap, even when the Chinese company was a minnow in a big pond.

16 Jun 2019 - 1:54PM

Richard Yu has always been vocal about Huawei’s ambition to become top of the smartphone heap, even when the Chinese company was a minnow in a big pond.

Huawei’s Richard Yu may have the toughest job in the tech world - taking on Apple without Android
Inside Huawei’s secretive plans to develop an operating system to rival Google’s Android

Google and Microsoft, whose Android and Windows software Huawei largely relies upon in its laptops and tablets, have both suspended access for new Huawei devices.

12 Jun 2019 - 5:47AM

Google and Microsoft, whose Android and Windows software Huawei largely relies upon in its laptops and tablets, have both suspended access for new Huawei devices.

Inside Huawei’s secretive plans to develop an operating system to rival Google’s Android
Explainer | What will 5G in China mean for you?

While China’s 5G licence awards are exciting and herald the coming of a new era, the overall transition from 4G to 5G is expected to take time

7 Jun 2019 - 10:41AM

While China’s 5G licence awards are exciting and herald the coming of a new era, the overall transition from 4G to 5G is expected to take time

What will 5G in China mean for you?
China awards 5G licences to country’s major telecoms network operators, cable network giant

The move signals major new investments in the world’s largest mobile market amid a raging tech war with the United States.

7 Jun 2019 - 6:45AM

The move signals major new investments in the world’s largest mobile market amid a raging tech war with the United States.

China awards 5G licences to country’s major telecoms network operators, cable network giant
Huawei reassesses goal to be world’s bestselling smartphone vendor after US blacklist

Surging handset sales had pushed Huawei within striking distance of Samsung for the bestselling smartphone sales crown before the Chinese company was placed on a US blacklist

4 Jun 2019 - 10:27AM

Surging handset sales had pushed Huawei within striking distance of Samsung for the bestselling smartphone sales crown before the Chinese company was placed on a US blacklist

Huawei reassesses goal to be world’s bestselling smartphone vendor after US blacklist
FedEx apologises to Huawei for re-routing packages to the US

US courier delivery services giant said ‘no external parties’ were involved in the diverted shipments.

31 May 2019 - 4:15PM

US courier delivery services giant said ‘no external parties’ were involved in the diverted shipments.

FedEx apologises to Huawei for re-routing packages to the US
Meet Teresa He: the Huawei executive with the hottest seat in tech

Teresa He Tingbo, president of Huawei-owned semiconductor company HiSilicon, emerged in the spotlight recently after she described preparations made to continue operations amid a US-imposed trade ban.

31 May 2019 - 4:07PM

Teresa He Tingbo, president of Huawei-owned semiconductor company HiSilicon, emerged in the spotlight recently after she described preparations made to continue operations amid a US-imposed trade ban.

Meet Teresa He: the Huawei executive with the hottest seat in tech
Microsoft said to stop accepting new orders from Huawei as it moves to comply with US restrictions

The two major areas of business between Huawei and Microsoft – Windows operating systems for laptops and other content-related services – have both been suspended.

25 May 2019 - 8:57AM

The two major areas of business between Huawei and Microsoft – Windows operating systems for laptops and other content-related services – have both been suspended.

Microsoft said to stop accepting new orders from Huawei as it moves to comply with US restrictions
Lenovo’s CEO says world’s biggest PC maker has no plan to develop its own OS and chips as tech tensions rise

The US is deliberating whether to add a wider range of Chinese tech companies to a trade blacklist as stand-off with China continues.

24 May 2019 - 1:31PM

The US is deliberating whether to add a wider range of Chinese tech companies to a trade blacklist as stand-off with China continues.

Lenovo’s CEO says world’s biggest PC maker has no plan to develop its own OS and chips as tech tensions rise
Huawei’s mobile chief expects self-developed OS to be ready for market roll-out as early as year end

Huawei’s self-developed OS will be able to support a range of products and systems within its ecosystem and will be available as early as the fall, but no later than spring

22 May 2019 - 5:29PM

Huawei’s self-developed OS will be able to support a range of products and systems within its ecosystem and will be available as early as the fall, but no later than spring

Huawei’s mobile chief expects self-developed OS to be ready for market roll-out as early as year end
Huawei prepares for US ban by checking on suppliers and activating contingency plans

Huawei is reaching out to its non-US suppliers to confirm whether their products or services contain key US technologies – a circumstance that could prohibit the Chinese telecoms giant from working with them.

22 May 2019 - 5:30PM

Huawei is reaching out to its non-US suppliers to confirm whether their products or services contain key US technologies – a circumstance that could prohibit the Chinese telecoms giant from working with them.

Huawei prepares for US ban by checking on suppliers and activating contingency plans