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Chinese smartphone makers in all-out blitz for Southeast Asia

Market leader Samsung losing out to Vivo, Oppo and Huawei

Vivo's blue signs draw potential customers at this outpost selling handsets at a Manila mall.   © Reuters

BANGKOK/JAKARTA -- The combined sales of three Chinese mobile phone brands in Southeast Asia edged past Samsung Electronics' tally for the first time last year.

As Chinese makers move to counter their saturated home market and an increasingly disputatious U.S., they have gone on the offensive in the rest of Asia.

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