"and the company is encountering more competition at the low end of mobes from Chinese firms like Huawei and ZTE."
Wouldn't say they're the low end, more like the middle , at the moment.
Huawei and ZTE are the better known mobes.... bought a THL W8 beyond a couple of weeks ago, delivered this weekend, and the specs are pretty good .
Model THL W8 Beyond
Screen Size 5.0 Inch FHD Capacitive Touch Screen
OS Android 4.2
CPU MTK6589T Quad Core
CPU Speed Max 1.5GHz
Screen Capacitive Touch Screen,Multi Touch Support
RAM 1GB RAM
Memory 16GB ROM
Extended Memory microSD memory card (T-Flash card),32GB maximum
FM Radio Yes, Coreless FM stereo, Support background play
GPS Yes, built in
Wi-fi IEEE 802.11 b/g
Camera: Dual Camera 1 Front camera:5.0MP
1*Back camera:13.0MP with flashlight and auto focus
Light Sensor Support
Mobile phone system WCDMA/GSM
Support Band 2G:GSM:850/900/1800/1900MHz
AC Adapter Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5V and 500mA
Language Support Multi Language: English, Chinese Simple, Chinese Traditional, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Malaysia ,Indonesia, Viet, Turkish, Russian, Arabic, Thailand ,etc.
(Some Formats may need install third party software support) Audio: Support:MIDI /MP3/AAC ,etc.
Message SMS / MMS /Gmail
Other Functions Music,Search,Email,Gmail,Calculator,Calendar,Clock,Alarm clock,etc.
Dimensions (LxWxT) 130*65.5*12.1mm
Price was under £200... I'm a happy camper :-)