The year 2014 started off with the big Mobile World Congress event which gave us a glimpse of future releases. Many of the smartphones have been released after their official showcase at MWC 2014. High end smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Xperia Z2 made their way into the market. As 2014 is rolling on, Chinese manufacturers have geared up for the high-end devices been launched at the global level. Many of the Chinese manufacturers who are unknown globally have been posing challenge to top players in the market. Here is a bit of information about the trending Chinese manufacturers and their high-end devices and how are they challenging the mainstream players:

Xiaomi

Xiaomi introduced its first Android smartphone in the year 2011. It has been rocking the sales chart in the Chinese market and till now it managed to expand its wings to Hongkong, Taiwan and Singapore and is preparing to launch onslaught in the emerging markets like India, Brazil, Russia, Malaysia and Philippines by the end of 2014. Here are some of the popular smartphones launched by the company:

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  • Mi 3
    • Display: 5.0 inches IPS LCD touchscreen
    • Resolution: 1080 X 1920 (441ppi)
    • Processor: Quadcore 2.3 Ghz Snapdragon 800
    • RAM: 2GB
    • Camera Rear: 13MP
    • Camera Front: 2MP
    • Android Version: 4.2 Jelly Bean
    • Price starting: $327

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  • Redmi Note
    • Display: 5.5 inches IPS LCD touchscreen
    • Resolution: 720 X 1280 (267ppi)
    • Processor: Octacore 1.4 Ghz Cortex-A7
    • RAM: 1GB
    • Camera Rear: 13MP
    • Camera Front: 5MP
    • Android Version: 4.2 Jelly Bean
    • Price starting: $129

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  • Xiaomi Redmi (Hongmi)
    • Display: 4.7 inches IPS LCD touchscreen
    • Resolution: 720 X 1280 (312ppi)
    • Processor: Quadcore 1.5 Ghz Cortex-A7
    • RAM: 1GB
    • Camera Rear: 8MP
    • Camera Front: 1.3MP
    • Android Version: 4.2 Jelly Bean

Oppo

Oppo is a newer player in the market but reserved a good space. Here are some of its popular smartphones in the market. The display of the flagship smartphone Find 7 claims to be the top in the line of smartphones currently in the market while Oppo N1 has a rotating camera which is first of its kind feature available in smartphones.

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  • Oppo Find 7
    • Display: 5.5 inches IPS LCD touchscreen
    • Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels (534ppi)
    • Processor: Quadcore 2.5 Ghz Snapdragon 801
    • RAM: 3GB
    • Camera Rear: 13MP
    • Camera Front: 5MP
    • Android Version: 4.3 Jelly Bean
    • Price Starting: $499

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  • Oppo N1
    • Display: 5.9 inches IPS LCD touchscreen
    • Resolution: 1080 X 1920 pixels (373ppi)
    • Processor: Quadcore 1.7 Ghz Snapdragon 600
    • RAM: 2GB
    • Camera Rear: 13MP
    • Camera Front: No
    • Android Version: 4.2 Jelly Bean
    • Price Starting: $599

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  • Oppo R1
    • Display: 5.0 inches IPS LCD touchscreen
    • Resolution: 720 X 1280 pixels (373ppi)
    • Processor: Quadcore 1.3 Ghz Cortex-A7
    • RAM: 2GB
    • Camera Rear: 13MP
    • Camera Front: No
    • Android Version: 4.2 Jelly Bean
    • Price Starting: $549 (expected)

One Plus

The company launched its first Android smartphone One Plus One internationally on April 23, 2014. The phone is packed with powerful specs and priced affordably. It also supports CyanogenMod (custom firmware) with newer graphical interface and features.

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  • One Plus One
    • Display: 5.0 inches IPS LCD touchscreen
    • Resolution: 720 X 1280 pixels (373ppi)
    • Processor: Quadcore 1.3 Ghz Cortex-A7
    • RAM: 2GB
    • Camera Rear: 13MP
    • Camera Front: No
    • Android Version: 4.4.2 KitKat
    • Price Starting: $599 (Expected)

Challenge for major brands in the market

The three companies mentioned above are fastly emerging and hungry for gaining some market share. That’s why these companies are launching devices on a global level. All these devices are packed with powerful specs trending in the market with sleek body design needed for alluring young generations. Secondly, they are laying emphasis on the trend started by Google with its Nexus range of devices, creating top-notch devices and selling them in affordable prices. This wild strategy can create difficulties for Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG and others in the long run. So far it seems to be sensational promotion rather than the sales numbers. But the year 2014 is proving an excellent year for the Chinese cellphone manufacturers.