Apple announced its new iPhones last week, but competitors' mobile phones can do many of the same things for less money.

    The new iPhone 8 and X have wireless charging, edge-to-edge glass screen and dual cameras.
    新款iPhone 8 和 X 拥有无线充电、无边框屏幕和双摄像头。

    But all of these features are already available in smart phones from China's Huawei and Oppo, and Korea's Samsung.

    While Apple asks buyers to pay $1,000 for its high-end model, some Asian phone makers can offer similar features for less.

    At one time, Chinese manufacturers copied features and designs from others to produce low-cost phones. But they have now added high-end features to their phones and they control nearly half the global mobile phone market.

    MediaMarktSaturn is Europe's biggest electronics seller. A spokesperson for the store told Reuters that, "Huawei is seen as a relevant competitor to Apple and Samsung (by) covering all major price points and placing big investments in marketing and sales."

    She also said that the Chinese companies Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo and TCL were among the top-10 best-selling smartphones in its stores.

    Chinese manufacturers' fast growth has been fueled by strong sales in China. But they now export 40 percent of their smartphones. That is almost double the number from just three years ago, according to the Hong Kong investment company CLSA.

    Huawei is currently the world's third largest phone maker behind Samsung and Apple. According to research company Canalys, the Chinese company is getting closer to second-place Apple and might overtake it later this year.

    The Chinese company even made fun of Apple's new facial recognition feature with a Facebook video called "RealAIphone." Huawei plans to show its top-of-the-line Mate 10 phone on Oct. 16. The phone will have artificial intelligence features such as instant translation and image recognition and will cost less than $1,000.
    这家中国公司甚至在Facebook上发布了一则名为《RealAIphone》的视频,取笑苹果公司新的面部识别功能。华为计划在10月16日推出该公司顶级的Mate 10 手机。这款手机将具备人工智能功能,例如即时翻译和图像识别,售价可能低于1千美元。

    Other Chinese companies are looking to enter the high-end smartphone market.

    Xiaomi, for example, showed a full-screen phone this month with all-ceramic ‘unibody' design and 12-megapixel front camera. The special edition Mi MIX 2 sells for $720.
    例如,小米公司本月推出了一款配备全陶瓷一体设计和1200万前置摄像头的全屏手机。这款特制版的Mi Mix2 售价为720美元。

    Also, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are working to add ultrasound sensors under smartphone screens to improve the touch function.

    Neil Shah is research director at the company Counterpoint. He said Chinese companies with a lot of sales are able to access many of the same parts for phones and offer many features. He said that has hurt Apple's growth.
    Neil Shah是Counterpoint公司的研究总监。他说,销量很大的中国公司有能力获得许多相同的手机组件并提供很多功能。他说,这已经损害到了苹果公司的增长。

    Still a gap

    However, Apple still has a big lead over its Chinese competitors in the high-end market. And few experts think Apple fans will switch from the iPhone X to Huawei's Mate 10.
    然而,苹果公司在高端市场仍然大幅领先于中国竞争对手。只有少数专家认为苹果手机的粉丝会从iPhone X 转投华为的Mate 10 。

    The average selling price of smartphones from the top Chinese makers - Huawei, Oppo and Vivo - is just $248, or two-thirds less than the cheapest iPhone 8.
    中国顶级制造商华为、OPPO和VIVO智能手机的平均售价只有248美元,比最便宜的iPhone 8还便宜2/3。

    Apple has 63 percent of the market for phones priced higher than $600 compared to just 3 percent for Huawei, according to research from the Swiss bank UBS.

    "The biggest challenge they (Chinese firms) face would be proving to consumers their products and brand are worth paying that much for," said Xiaohan Tay, an expert at the research firm IDC.
    IDC研究公司专家Xiaohan Tay表示:“中国公司面临的最大挑战是向消费者证明,他们的产品和品牌物有所值。”

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