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.

Latest from Li Tao

US announces plan for new ‘exascale’ supercomputer but timeline may fall behind China’s schedule

China is also planning a multibillion-dollar investment to upgrade its supercomputer infrastructure by 2020 to regain leadership

20 Mar 2019 - 12:55AM

China is also planning a multibillion-dollar investment to upgrade its supercomputer infrastructure by 2020 to regain leadership

US announces plan for new ‘exascale’ supercomputer but timeline may fall behind China’s schedule
China plans multibillion-dollar investment to knock US from top spot in fastest supercomputer ranking

China is banking on its Shuguang supercomputers, operating about 50 per cent faster than the best current US machines, to help it regain the crown it lost to the US last year.

18 Mar 2019 - 2:28PM

China is banking on its Shuguang supercomputers, operating about 50 per cent faster than the best current US machines, to help it regain the crown it lost to the US last year.

China plans multibillion-dollar investment to knock US from top spot in fastest supercomputer ranking
Huawei targets 50 per cent smartphone market share in China on way to wresting global crown from Samsung

Huawei has won a big chunk of the domestic market through aggressive promotions, advanced designs and features

15 Mar 2019 - 1:24PM

Huawei has won a big chunk of the domestic market through aggressive promotions, advanced designs and features

Huawei targets 50 per cent smartphone market share in China on way to wresting global crown from Samsung
Huawei confirms it has built its own operating system just in case US tensions disrupt use of Google’s Android

Huawei has developed a proprietary OS as tensions between the company and the US government could potentially impact its ability to use Google-owned Android

14 Mar 2019 - 10:56PM

Huawei has developed a proprietary OS as tensions between the company and the US government could potentially impact its ability to use Google-owned Android

Huawei confirms it has built its own operating system just in case US tensions disrupt use of Google’s Android
You will soon be able to pay your subway fare with your face in China

Facial recognition payment is the next step in evolution of cashless transactions in China, home to the world’s biggest internet population.

13 Mar 2019 - 5:37AM

Facial recognition payment is the next step in evolution of cashless transactions in China, home to the world’s biggest internet population.

You will soon be able to pay your subway fare with your face in China
Huawei accuses US agents of hacking into its servers as it launches lawsuit against federal ban on gear

The NSA penetrated Huawei’s HQ to monitor communications on Huawei’s networking equipment globally, according to a New York Times report in 2014.

7 Mar 2019 - 2:36PM

The NSA penetrated Huawei’s HQ to monitor communications on Huawei’s networking equipment globally, according to a New York Times report in 2014.

Huawei accuses US agents of hacking into its servers as it launches lawsuit against federal ban on gear
Huawei slaps US government with lawsuit in bid to overturn federal ban on its gear

Huawei’s lawsuit contends that the restrictions placed on its equipment, declared in the 2019 National Defense Authorisation Act, are unconstitutional.

7 Mar 2019 - 11:28PM

Huawei’s lawsuit contends that the restrictions placed on its equipment, declared in the 2019 National Defense Authorisation Act, are unconstitutional.

Huawei slaps US government with lawsuit in bid to overturn federal ban on its gear
Huawei opens cybersecurity centre in Europe amid US efforts to ban firm’s 5G network gear

Chinese tech giant urges regulators, standards organisations and telecoms carriers to work together in the new facility.

7 Mar 2019 - 9:44AM

Chinese tech giant urges regulators, standards organisations and telecoms carriers to work together in the new facility.

Huawei opens cybersecurity centre in Europe amid US efforts to ban firm’s 5G network gear
Intel ends 5G partnership with Chinese government-linked chip maker Unisoc, citing ‘business’ reasons

Intel and Unisoc end 5G chip partnership amid simmering technology tensions between US and China in key areas such as semiconductors.

27 Feb 2019 - 3:06PM

Intel and Unisoc end 5G chip partnership amid simmering technology tensions between US and China in key areas such as semiconductors.

Intel ends 5G partnership with Chinese government-linked chip maker Unisoc, citing ‘business’ reasons
Chinese retailer Suning has a US$60 insurance policy for foldable phone – as long as you don’t drop it

Although new foldable phones do not hit shelves until April, one enterprising Chinese retailer already has a US$60 insurance policy ready

27 Feb 2019 - 7:09AM

Although new foldable phones do not hit shelves until April, one enterprising Chinese retailer already has a US$60 insurance policy ready

Chinese retailer Suning has a US$60 insurance policy for foldable phone – as long as you don’t drop it
Think US$1,000 iPhones are expensive? Get ready for US$2,000 foldable smartphones

Huawei’s record-setting US$2,600 price tag for its 5G-ready, folding Mate X phone is more than double the monthly average salary of office workers in China.

27 Feb 2019 - 11:24AM

Huawei’s record-setting US$2,600 price tag for its 5G-ready, folding Mate X phone is more than double the monthly average salary of office workers in China.

Think US$1,000 iPhones are expensive? Get ready for US$2,000 foldable smartphones
Did Donald Trump just give Huawei a pass?

US President Donald Trump said he wants the US to ‘win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies’.

23 Feb 2019 - 9:57AM

US President Donald Trump said he wants the US to ‘win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies’.

Did Donald Trump just give Huawei a pass?
Lenovo chief expects quick resolution to Sino-US trade war, sees only minor impact on its global operations

Lenovo has large business presence in US and Chinese markets, so earnings results suggest the company is less impacted by the trade war or geopolitical issues

21 Feb 2019 - 10:43PM

Lenovo has large business presence in US and Chinese markets, so earnings results suggest the company is less impacted by the trade war or geopolitical issues

Lenovo chief expects quick resolution to Sino-US trade war, sees only minor impact on its global operations
Why low profile Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has grabbed the microphone to defend telecoms giant

As pressure has increased on Huawei over US allegations of intellectual property theft and evasion of Iran sanctions, Ren has tried to regain control of the narrative.

21 Feb 2019 - 11:37AM

As pressure has increased on Huawei over US allegations of intellectual property theft and evasion of Iran sanctions, Ren has tried to regain control of the narrative.

Why low profile Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has grabbed the microphone to defend telecoms giant
China’s Greater Bay Area still has hurdles to clear if it wants to be a tech challenger to Silicon Valley

China’s ‘Greater Bay Area’ plan aims to erase barriers between cities in the region in terms of policy, financing, logistics and talent.

19 Feb 2019 - 10:50AM

China’s ‘Greater Bay Area’ plan aims to erase barriers between cities in the region in terms of policy, financing, logistics and talent.

China’s Greater Bay Area still has hurdles to clear if it wants to be a tech challenger to Silicon Valley
Huawei to deploy ultra-fast 5G telecoms network coverage at Shanghai’s railway hub in world first
How Huawei went from small-time trader in Shenzhen to world’s biggest telecoms equipment supplier

A US-led campaign to block the deployment of 5G equipment from Huawei is threatening the Chinese company’s business in Europe, its biggest overseas market.

7 Mar 2019 - 12:27PM

A US-led campaign to block the deployment of 5G equipment from Huawei is threatening the Chinese company’s business in Europe, its biggest overseas market.

How Huawei went from small-time trader in Shenzhen to world’s biggest telecoms equipment supplier
Apple iPhone shipments plunge in China with Huawei gaining ground against wider industry slump

Huawei racks up 23 per cent gain in shipments in fourth quarter against 9.7 per cent slump in industry shipments.

11 Feb 2019 - 10:58PM

Huawei racks up 23 per cent gain in shipments in fourth quarter against 9.7 per cent slump in industry shipments.

Apple iPhone shipments plunge in China with Huawei gaining ground against wider industry slump
Meet the ‘godfather’ of China’s smartphone industry

Duan Yongping is the founder and chairman of BBK Electronics Corp, the company behind smartphone brands Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Realme.

4 Feb 2019 - 7:07AM

Duan Yongping is the founder and chairman of BBK Electronics Corp, the company behind smartphone brands Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Realme.

Meet the ‘godfather’ of China’s smartphone industry
Huawei helps Schubert tackle some unfinished business with AI composer
How the US indictments may play out for Huawei

Huawei faces almost two dozen charges by the US, which contends that the firm stole trade secrets, violated Iran sanctions.

31 Jan 2019 - 11:29PM

Huawei faces almost two dozen charges by the US, which contends that the firm stole trade secrets, violated Iran sanctions.

How the US indictments may play out for Huawei
Analysts expect iPhone price cuts in China as Apple seeks to revive sales

Authorised retail partners in China, including JD.com, have already started offering discounts for the latest iPhone models.

30 Jan 2019 - 9:33PM

Authorised retail partners in China, including JD.com, have already started offering discounts for the latest iPhone models.

Analysts expect iPhone price cuts in China as Apple seeks to revive sales
Behind the rise of China’s smartphone brands lies growing unease over country’s tech gains

Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are helping change people’s perception about the quality of Chinese Android phones.

30 Jan 2019 - 3:37PM

Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are helping change people’s perception about the quality of Chinese Android phones.

Behind the rise of China’s smartphone brands lies growing unease over country’s tech gains
US indictment against Huawei shows FBI interviewed founder in 2007, reviewed text from Meng Wanzhou’s electronic device

FBI interviewed Huawei’s founder, identified as ‘Individual-1’ in New York in 2007.

29 Jan 2019 - 10:12PM

FBI interviewed Huawei’s founder, identified as ‘Individual-1’ in New York in 2007.

US indictment against Huawei shows FBI interviewed founder in 2007, reviewed text from Meng Wanzhou’s electronic device
Huawei charges are US attempt to smear Chinese companies, Beijing says

‘Political motivation’ behind attack on companies’ legitimate operations, says Chinese foreign ministry after US filed charges against telecoms firm, accusing it of stealing trade secrets and violating sanctions.

29 Jan 2019 - 6:43PM

‘Political motivation’ behind attack on companies’ legitimate operations, says Chinese foreign ministry after US filed charges against telecoms firm, accusing it of stealing trade secrets and violating sanctions.

Huawei charges are US attempt to smear Chinese companies, Beijing says
China’s work ethic stretches beyond ‘996’ as tech companies feel the impact of slowdown

The number of venture capital deals in China fell 25 per cent year on year to 713 in the fourth quarter of last year.

1 Feb 2019 - 1:39PM

The number of venture capital deals in China fell 25 per cent year on year to 713 in the fourth quarter of last year.

China’s work ethic stretches beyond ‘996’ as tech companies feel the impact of slowdown
Will Apple’s quarterly earnings be shaken to the core as iPhone’s popularity declines in China?

Strategy Analytics confirms iPhone shipments fell 22 per cent in China during the fourth quarter of 2018.

29 Jan 2019 - 2:54PM

Strategy Analytics confirms iPhone shipments fell 22 per cent in China during the fourth quarter of 2018.

Will Apple’s quarterly earnings be shaken to the core as iPhone’s popularity declines in China?
Huawei founder says West would be ‘foolish’ not to buy its 5G products as they are leading edge
Las Vegas street challenge: How much do Americans know about Chinese smartphone brands?
Loss-making Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad removes CEO days after CES trade show