If you see people are queuing for a new product from Apple, you would not be surprised; if you see Chinese buyers queue for something from a Chinese brand, you may think it is weired and would not take it serious. We have tens of local mobile phone brands in China, some are Shanzhai and some are not, some are really in bad quality and some are not only relatively cheaper but also quite handy and powerful. But, never ever, we’ve seen people are so thirsty for a new phone model and even queueing for it.

M9, produced by Meizu and regarded as the best iPhone 4 replacement from a local manufacturers, is out at 2st, Jan 2011. And in Huaqiangbei, the cradleland for China Shanzhai phone, over a thousand Meizu-fans were queued for their dream-phone, M9 made by Meizu which they have been waiting for 2 years since the release of M8.

We thumb up to Meizu M9. Although you might see a different story when M9 comes to Beijing, Shanghai etc where people are more addicted to iPhone, I appreciate the courage and ambition Meizu has to compete with iPhone. As some people said, Chinese see the hope beyond Shanzhai.

[image via qq.com]

Dr. Gang Lu - Founder of TechNode. He's a Blogger, a Geek, a PhD and a Speaker, with passion in Tech, Internet and R'N'R.

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  1. Unfortunately, because Meizu didnt make much effort to differenciate their product design to iPhone 4, I think this article title should still be “chinese people lining up for a iPhone Shanzhai”. They probably have the potential to become their own brand, but only when they will change their design, will I consider they have “courage and ambition” to compete with iPhone.

  2. I'm curious – which store is this? Is this a Chinese 'best buy'? Hypermarket? Carrier store? Meizu store? saw this but also inconclusive. http://eckiller.com/tag/huaqia…Also, just thinking here, wouldn't it be funny ad campaign if an Android OEM or Apple started using a pun against Mei yo using mei you as in do not have? As a foreigner the pinyin puns come fast and furious but are not always directly transferrable to Chinese. 🙂

  3. what is m9 ? is it a new chinese phone replacement for iphoe 4g ? which operating system it has ? if any body knows plz inform me at ''najampk@hotmail.com''

  4. m9 is the second phone make from meizu ,the operating system is android ,960X640 1GCPU .I am come from China.

  5. m9 is the second phone make from meizu ,the operating system is android ,960X640 1GCPU . in China the ipone4 is about 1000 $ , m9 is about 400$

  6. Meizu is well established name in China as producers of media players. Nothing Shanzhai there. It has in-house developed hardware and well designed UI. It isn't knock-off. It looks more like LG Prada (first touch screen phone) than iPhone

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