Mobile World Congress is normally dominated by Samsung headlines, but this year, Chinese smartphone makers are angling to steal the limelight, reflecting a shift in the global market.
The rise of the Chinese smartphone maker has been rapid and in the fourth quarter of 2014, three domestic players - Huawei, Xiaomi and Lenovo - were among top 5 vendors in the world, according to market research company IDC.
Xiaomi made a splash last year, knocking Samsung off the top spot in China, and seeing 178 percent year-on-year shipment growth in the final quarter of last year. Chinese companies have made a name for themselves by offering high-spec smartphones at low prices.
"We have moved past the Chinese companies being followers to being leaders," Michael O'Hara, chief marketing officer at MWC organizer GSMA, told CNBC by phone. He added that Chinese electronics giant Huawei has one of the biggest stands at the event.