A customer look at a mobile phone on display at an electronics market in Shanghai, China, June 24, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song
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Zuoer is among the dozens of little-known Chinese companies that are tapping into a catalog of standardized components to build smartphones from $20 apiece. For a minimum order of 50 units, Zuoer assembles its own plastic outer shell with other manufacturers' LCD screens, circuit boards and batteries, helping any client anywhere take on Samsung in the $410-billion global mobile-phone market in less than six weeks.Starting with Google Inc.'s free Android operating system and adding standardized chips based around technology developed by ARM Holdings Plc, companies such as Zuoer, Shenzhen Oysin Digital Technology Co. and Oteda Industrial Co. can put together phones without the legions of software and hardware engineers that Nokia Oyj, Motorola Mobility and BlackBerry Ltd. relied on a decade ago.Among them: Xiaomi Corp., which became the world's third-largest smartphone distributor in less than five years, and OnePlus, which developed a 35-country reach in its first two years."You don't need to do the work, we have professional designers and engineers," said Betty Zhao, sales director at UTOP Communication Technology Ltd. As many as 100,000 pieces can be made a month while the company has just two software engineers, she said.
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