Firm Grip On Handset Design
Today, TechFaith employs 1,800 designers and hardware and software engineers, occupying four floors of an old TV factory in a grubby industrial district near Beijing’s Fourth Ring Road. The company has developed more than 100 handset designs for 9 of the top 10 Chinese manufacturers as well as Japan’s NEC, Kyocera, and Mitsubishi.
TechFaith’s models are all over China — and, increasingly, the world
Like so many other young Chinese entrepreneurs, D.F. Dong could practically smell the opportunity before him. As a sales exec at Motorola Inc. (MOT ) in Beijing three years ago, he saw Chinese cell-phone makers on the rise, but he found their handset designs uninspiring. Full story here.