You may have heard a lot about Xiaomi phone but not Meizu. Huang Zhang, founder of Meizu, published a post on its users BBS in 2011 claiming that Xiaomi copied Meizu M9 and their business model after Leijun, CEO of Xiaomi, visited his company as a potential investor (screenshot of the post). There are actually certain degrees of similarity between Xiaomi 2 and Meizu M9 both in appearances and functions.

Founded in 2003, China’s smartphone manufacturer Zhuhai Meizu Technology Co., Ltd. made its debut in electronics as an MP3 player manufacturer based in southern China’s Zhuhai City. The company zeroed in on the development and research of middle- and high-tier handsets since 2008, jumping onto the smartphone bandwagon. The output value of Meizu soared 128.8% YOY to well over 1 billion yuan in the first half of 2012 (source in Chinese). The company is trying to make its foray into the international markets, including South Korea, Russia and Israel.

Domestic handset makers have undergone robust growth in recent two years, upending previous images as shoddy products. However, the competition between Chinese handset manufacturers, such as Xiaomi, Huawei, ZET and OPPO, was intensified amid the development. Xiaomi 2S and OPPO Find 5, flagship products of the two Chinese peers, have become strong competitors to Meizu MX2, a hit of the company.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.