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Nova Series is one of the most profitable series of Huawei. The company launched the smartphone series earlier this year and it included Nova 7i, Nova 7 SE, Nova 7, and Nova 7 Pro. In October, the last member of the Nova 7 series came which was targeted towards Youth. It also had support for 5G connectivity. The Chinese manufacturer unveiled the Nova 8 SE last month that was powered by Dimensity 720 and Dimensity 8000U processing chips. Today, Huawei unveiled the Nova 8 series consisting of Nova 8 and Nova 8 Pro. These two smartphones feature a 120Hz refresh rate display, Kirin 985, and many other exciting features.
Huawei Nova 8 features 6.57-inch OLED display panels and Nova 8 pro has a larger 6.72-inch OLED panel. The Nova 8 features 1080x2430 pixel full HD+ resolution, up to 90Hz refresh rate, and a 240Hz touch sampling rate. The Nova 8 pro has 1236x2676 full HD+ resolution up to 120Hz refresh rate, and 300 touch sampling rate. The Nova 8 series features 8GB of RAM and 128GB and 256GB of internal storage but does not support external storage. The phone comes with EMUI 11 preinstalled based Android 10 operating system. The same chip has been previously used on phones like Nova 7, Honor V30, and Honor X10.
The standard Nova 8 has a 64-megapixel primary camera with f/1.9 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultrawide lens with 120-degree FOV, a 2-megapixel macro camera with 4cm focal length, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The Nova 8 has a 3,800mAh battery that supports 66W super-fast charging technology by the same vendor whereas the pro model gets a bigger 4,000mAh battery. The Nova 8 supports Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, and GPS. Huawei Nova 8 and Nova 8 Pro models will be available in black, purple, green, and white that come in gradient shade. Both phones are up for pre-orders in the home market and are scheduled to go on sale on Dec. 30.
Realme has announced the latest Q3 series in China today. All these smartphones included in the series are 5G capable. The Realme Q3i 5G is the cheapest phone with 5G so far, and starts as lows as $170. The phone has 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.5 mm (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.33 in) dimensions and weighs only 185g. The phone is available in supersonic blue and black colors. The Realme Q3i has a glass front with Gorilla Glass 3+ with plastic back panel and frame. The phone also supports dual SIM and has weather-sealed ports and loudspeakers.
Realme Q3i features a 6.3-inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080x2400 pixels and 20:5 aspect ratio. The phone has 409 ppi density with multi-touch feature. The device has a triple camera system with a 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide) primary camera sensor, a 2MP f/2.4, (macro), and a 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth camera sensor). The phone features an LED flash with HDR and panorama. The front camera has a 16MP camera sensor with HDR features. Both front and back cameras allow you to shoot a HD video upto 30fps.
Although the official pricing is confirmed, the phone might get cheaper and might sell around $150 in China. The phone comes with two storage configurations. You can purchase the 4GB or 6GB of RAM with 128GB internal storage. The device will be available on major E-Commerce platforms like JD.Com, Sunning and the official Realme website. The company has announced a few surprise gifts for the early birds. The phone has a power button on the right along with a fingerprint sensor embedded with volume buttons and SIM tray to the left. The device also has type-c port, 3.5mm jack, speakr, and primary microphone at the bottom.
Today, Realme officially announced that it is launching a new smartphone on the social media website Weibo. The launching event will happen on 24 May at 19:00 pm sharp local time in China. The reports suggest that the company would be using the platform to launch the much-hyped Realme GT neo flash edition smartphone. As we already know that the said phone will be a new variant of existing Realme GT Neo, which debuted in the home country the previous month.
According to the leaked information that appeared online last week, Realme GT neo flash edition will come with better charging capabilities than its predecessor. As it is known, the Realme GT Neo only supports 50W fast charging. As per rumors, the new variant smartphone could support up to 65W fast charging.
Recently, a new smartphone with a code name RMX3350 was listed at China's 3C and TENNA certification websites. The sites revealed that the smartphone will be using 65W fast charging, whereas other details include a 6.43-inch display, Android 11 operating system, a 2,200mAh battery, and 158.5 x 73.3 x 9.1mm dimensions.
The predecessor Realme GT Neo also offered the similar specs although it was powered by Dimensity 1200. The phone comes with UFS 3.1 internal storage, a 32 megapixel front facing camera for selfies, and a triple camera system at the rear side. The phone features a 64 megapixel primary lens, an 8 megapixel ultra wide, and 2 megapixel camera sensor.
The phone has in-display fingerprint scanners with a USB-C port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The phone also has support for the 5G network. In China, the GT Neo is available in options like 6GB RAM/128GB internal sotra with 8GB RAM/128GB internal storage. These phones are priced at 1,799 Yuan (~$280), 1,899 Yuan (~$295), and 2,399 Yuan (~$373).
Xiaomi has a quite diverse range of phones, even more variety in its home country - China. This diversity allows the company to access a wider range of customers with different budgets and design preferences much more effectively. The company already has its premium phones Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro available in China for a few months now, but both of these smartphones fall into the premium category with the Snapdragon 865 and doesn\'t cost heavy on your wallet. Now, the company is expanding its product portfolio further by adding Mi 10 Youth Edition 5G in China.
The device has a 6.57\" full HD AMOLED display with a 180Hz touch response rate. The phone uses corning Gorilla glass 5 with a waterdrop notch. It has Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. The phone comes with 6GB RAM/128GB storage, 8GB RAM/128GB storage, and 8GB RAM/256GB storage. The phone is powered by a 4,160mAh battery that supports Qualcomm\'s quick charge 4+. Earlier, the Chinese company posted some teaser on its official Weibo page. The company is teasing a diamond pixel arrangement to deliver diamond quality. The factory is working on each unit for color accuracy. The display comes with a slight color difference noticeable less than 0.7.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth Edition will come with the dewdrop notch featuring the front-facing camera. Under the hood, the phone will support 5G connectivity. In terms of photography, the phone is supporting the quad rear camera module with a 48MP primary sensor, and an 8MP ultrawide lens, a 5MP macro lens, and a periscope lens. The periscope lens will allow up to 50x digital zoom and optical image stabilization. The new phone is light-weight and weighs only 192g. You can purchase the phone in a variety of color options such as blue, black, green, pink, red, and white as disclosed by the Chinese company. The phone can create video up to 4k at 30fps or 1080p at 60fps/120fps. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone comes with MIUI 11 based on Android 10.
According to the new data from IDC Huawei's smartphone sale increased 50% in the first quarter as compared to the same time line last year. Apple's shipment dropped 30% while Samsung's fell to 8%. Apple and Samsung seems to face a setback in China whereas the Chinese tech giant is showing its statistics with proud. The new figures show Huawei is actually holding the 19% share of the global smartphone industry right now, which is its highest percentage ever. IDC said that the Chinese firm is ready to take the lead as the world's second-largest smartphone seller.
Huawei has already surpassed Apple in 2018, but the first quarter of 2019 is even more optimistic for the company. Apple's sales have been hit by weak demand in China and longer replacement cycles. Apple's CEO Tim Cook expected better results in Chinese market, but the company still reported a 22% drop in revenues in the region for its first quarter 2019. Huawei's consumer business has shown impressive growth over a few years, especially in its premium flagship smartphone area, despite being under fire globally from a US-led campaign against the company.
Huawei dominated the Chinese smartphone market in the first three months, taking a record 34% share as other rivals Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, and Apple all seem to struggle to get the grounds. The company alone, sold around 30 million phones in the first quarter whereas Apple managed to sale only 6.5 million phones. Apple reported 17% drop in the sale globally as compared to the last year's sale, facing the largest single-quarter decline in the history of the iPhone. In China, Huawei is only getting stronger. The company has opened more brick-and-mortar locations, pushed into rural areas and managed to attract new consumers with its smart devices and accessories.
Unlike Apple, Huawei and other Chinese smartphone makers also have a wide range of low to high-end models, so they can appeal to more cost-conscious buyers. Globally, Huawei seems to be in the position to overtake Samsung as the world's largest smartphone manufactuer in near future.
As we progress more in the year 2020, the 5G is becoming more affordable every day, as Realme has become the latest mobile phone company to launch an inexpensive 5G capable handset. There was a much anticipation and hype around the phone due to its high refresh rate. The phone has been popped up on the company's Chinese website, offering an official look at the phone's specs and features. The device has 5G network support, a 120Hz refresh rate that makes it the first Realme device to have such a higher rate. The phone has 6.57-inch display that results in a 90.4% screen-to-body ratio. The display also has a full HD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution and 5th generation Gorilla Glass protection.
The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 765G chipset. And all of this is available on just $360. The phone is available for sale only in china this instance but we can expect it in other parts of the world soon. The Realme X50 5G sports Qualcomm's latest super-fast Snapdragon 765G chipset that allows the users to experience the integrated X42 5G modem and Qualcomm's extra gaming performance and features. The device comes with Android 10 out of the box.
However, this is the first phone to feature Realme UI instead of ColorOS interface. The user interface offers a very familiar color palette and flat icon design that isn't much different from the Oppo's ColorOS interface. Realme UI offers much better performance than the ColorOS. For example, it has a 20% less memory usage. It starts apps 14% faster and gives 40% improved battery life. The device comes in three variants of memory. There is 6GB, 8GB, and 12G RAM options with either 128GB or 256GB of UFS 2.1 memory. You won't be short of memory with the higher tier of the RAM.
Vivo recently introduced the U-series of smartphones in India by launching the first Vivo U10. There has been a lots of hype around U3x before its arrival. Well, the Vivo U3x has now gone official in Vivo's home land and it appears to be a rebranded version of the Vivo U10 featuring the similar design and hardware specification. The main selling points of Vivo U3x are the device mega battery - 5000mAh, triple rear cameras, and support for Vivo's proprietary 18W dual engine fast charging technology.
The Vivo U3x comes in two variants for the base 3GB memory + 32GB, storage and the 4GB memory + 64GB storage model. The upper-end of the smartphone is now up for pre-order in china and available in deep lake blue, red tea red, and midnight black color options, with the first two has a gradient finish. Vivo has announced offers free accessories for early buyers. As of now, Vivo hasn't declared any date for the Vivo U3x in market.
The dual-SIM vivo U3x runs funtouch OS 9.1 based on Android OS. It has a 6.35-inch display with HD+ resolution at 1544 x 720 pixels. Vivo U3x runs over the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC paired with up to 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. ivo U3x is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W Dual Engine fast charging, and also supports reverse charging for juicing up accessories such as Bluetooth earphones and fitness bands. However, the OTG cable needed for reverse charging must be purchased separately. Storage on the Vivo phone is expandable via a microSD card (up to 256GB). The Vivo U3x features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and also supports face unlock for authentication.
Vivo S7 is expected to be launched in China in the first week of the next month. The phone is going to feature a dual-camera for the front and a triple camera system. Recently, an alleged render of the upcoming 5G phone has been leaked. The leaked images show the device's front and rear design, with its gradient rear panel. The Chinese mobile phone manufacturer has confirmed yesterday that the company is launching in China on August 3.
As per the leaked image and report by Gizomchina, a Chinese tipster shared a render of Vivo S7 5G. it showed a gradient design on the rear side of the panel along with the camera alignment. Going by the leak, the Vivo S7 will feature a notch display on the front side, featuring dual selfie shooters. On the back, the phone render is shown to have a triple camera setup, which looks similar to the camera setup on the Vivo X50.
Another tipster posted some detail on the specification and pricing of the upcoming phone last. The leak suggested that the phone might come with a dual-camera system on the front side featuring a 44-megapixel primary lens and an 8-megapixel secondary sensor along with a super-wide-angle-lens. The triple camera system on the rear side includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel sensor with a super wide-angle lens, and a 13-megapixel sensor with a portrait lens. The phone will come with 8G RAM options with 128GB and 256GB internal storage. The phone is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon with Android 10. The device might have a 6.4-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Vivo has opened the online pre-order booking of Vivo X60 Pro+ in China. The company has already revealed some specs that confirms earlier rumors as well. As per the official page being listed on Vivo's online store, the smartphone will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processing chip. An earlier report suggests that the smartphone will feature a 50-megapixel primary camera sensor along with a 48-megapixel ultrawide snapper on the rear side. The smartphone is likely to be a more powerful version of the standard Vivo X60 and X60 Pro mobile phones from the series that was launched in December.
According to Vivo China, the phone is available for pre-order for only CNY 50. This amount will be adjusted in the final sales price of the smartphone. The official listing also mentions that the phone will be released at an event scheduled for January 21 in China at 7:30 pm local time. The phone is available in two memory configurations -8GB RAM with 128GB storage and 12GB RAM with 256GB storage. The picture is posted on the listing page shows a quad-camera setup on the rear panel.
A reputable tipster Digital chat station on Weibo has posted the camera specs of Vivo X60 Pro+. According to him, the primary camera will be using Samsung GN1 50-megapixel primary camera sensor with f/1.6 aperture, a 48-megapixel sensor along with an ultrawide camera lens that has a second-generation micro-gimbal stabilization feature, a 5x periscope telephoto camera, and a portrait sensor.
The listing also shows two color options available for the purchase - classic orange and dark blue. A previous report suggested that the mobile phone may support 55W fast charging. The phone features a 6.56-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The Vivo X60 Pro+ uses Android 11 based Origin OS out of the box.
Black Shark isn't just any other smartphone. It is a power back specifically designed to play mobile games for users who love to play games on their smartphones. The device launched in China as the company's third gaming smartphone for this year. The company also partnered with Tecent games. The phone comes in two colors - sky fall black and crystal blue. It will be available in 12GB RAM with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB internal storage options. They are priced at $573, $616, and $687 respectively.
The newly launched device comes with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset paired with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. The device features a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 270Hz touch sample rate. The phone is optimized for playing games, comes with a blue light filter, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. The company uses its gaming engine that was built in-house and Tecent SolarCore to deliver the best gaming experience possible. The phone has a similar design as its predecessor from H1 2020. That means we will be getting another heavy and big smartphone with an asymmetric triangle module at the rear side for the four cameras and charging pins.
The phone runs Joy UI 12 based on Android 10 which is a slightly modified user interface by Xiaomi. The black shark 3 and black shark 3 Pro that was released earlier this year will get an update to this software shortly as well. The phone is backed by a 4,700mAh battery with support for 65W fast charging via USB Type-C and 18W magnetic charging. The phone comes with four camera setup that includes a 64MP (wide) + 13MP (ultra-wide) + 5MP (depth) triple camera setup, 20MP selfie camera. The device uses a sandwich liquid cooling system to keep the phone cool while you are playing games on it.
Nokia's first Android tablet, Nokia N1, is doing well in China. Nokia N1 went on sale in China today, and the Finnish company exhausted the initial batch of 20,000 units in record time. It only took 4 minutes and 2 seconds to go through all that inventory. It's important to mention that the Tablet is running Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box.
It looks like Nokia chose to go the flash sale route, perhaps inspired by Xiaomi's success with this model. The next opportunity to buy the N1 will come on January 15th, if you're in China of course. Otherwise, you will have to wait longer as the N1 isn't yet available anywhere else.
The rumored unannounced "HTC One M8 Eye" just got certified through the TENAA. The device is supposed to be the HTC One M8 successor.
As you can see in the images above, the HTC One M8 Eye will feature the same design as the version we already know. The only difference between the specs of the two is the 13MP rear Duo-camera that the newcomer will bring it is bound to be a significant improvement over the 4MP unit of the currently available on the Original HTC M8.
Physical measures of the upcoming device are 146 × 70.6 × 9.4 mm, while its weight tips the scale at 157 grams. Like its design, the waistline of the HTC M8 Eye matches that of the original.
HTC has quietly launched an updated version of the new HTC One. Called the HTC One M8 EYE, the new model features just one change, but it also happens to be the one that everybody was asking for. HTC has swapped the 4 UltraPixel Duo-camera from the original M8 to a new 13 megapixel Duo-camera from the Desire EYE but retains the second depth sensor. It also gets the new HTC EYE Experience software from the Desire EYE, but then that is also being made available for the standard M8.
Although the original M8 was critically acclaimed for being an excellent smartphone, the UltraPixel camera on the back was universally hailed as being unimpressive due to its low resolution. The latest update fixes that with a three time resolution boost, although low light performance likely won't be as good now.
Regardless of that, the M8 EYE is only available in China for now for ¥3,999 ($652).
Samsung has added a new budget phone to the J series in the Chinese market after making many unofficial appearances. In terms of specifications the new phone, Galaxy J3⑥ is almost similar to Galaxy J5 and Galaxy On5 (launched in India this month). It is available in the chinese website and in every listing ⑥ is listed in the title.
A Super AMOLED 5-inch HD display and big battery (2,600 mAh) are the most important features here, given that they are the two features that aren't quite common on budget devices. The J3⑥ sports an unspecified quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1.5GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and 8GB of expandable storage. The phone's width is of 7.9 mm, which also matches with the J5.
The software is powered by Android 5.1.1 Lollipop along with Samsung's latest TouchWiz UX, with option to remove preinstalled apps (facility is available only in China). The Korean company is also giving 72 yuan (roughly $11) worth of downloadable games prepackaged in the device, although the price of the handset is not yet out. It is expected that the price should be close to $200. The phone is exclusive to China Telecom, and you can check out the list of stores to find out the availability from the link given below:
Just as Samsung was setting up to restart the sale of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with a new batch of safe devices, a new report from China has come in where a customer in Guangzhou is claiming that his brand new and "safe" Galaxy Note 7 exploded within a day from the date of purchase. Bloomberg reports that Hui Renjie, a 25 year old man from Guangzhou, China, got minor burns on his fingers after his Note 7 exploded. Ironically, it allegedly also burned his Apple MacBook in the process!
According to Renjie, someone from Samsung did contact him after the incident and asked to remove the device, but he declined in favour of going public with the incident. In reply to the incident regarding the exploded smartphone which was supposedly marked as safe, Samsung has issued the following reply via e-mail.
"We are currently contacting the customer and will conduct a thorough examination of the device in question once we receive it,"
It should be noted that Samsung had excluded China from the global recall of the Note 7, by citing the reason that the ones sold in China sport batteries that are different from the hazardous ones supplied by Samsung SDI. We will soon find out if this is an isolated incident, a faked one or if the Galaxy Note 7 really is still as "explosive" as before!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
In the past few years, we have seen Samsung catering to the Chinese market with a lot of attention. They have had recent exclusive releases like the Galaxy A9 Pro and in the past, the very A-series was launched in China first. Samsung just launched another smartphone that will be exclusive to China, at least for now. This is the brawnier brother of the J3 2016 that the OEM released earlier, expectedly named, J3 Pro.
The J3 Pro will feature Samsung's Super AMOLED panel, albeit at 720p resolution on its 5-inch screen. Samsung is powering the device with the dated Snapdragon 410 SoC and 2GB of RAM. There will be only a 16 gig variant, but with expandable memory up to 128GB via SD card. The smartphone will support dual SIM and unfortunately, it will run on Android Lollipop 5.1.1 out of the box. There will be an 8-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and a 5-megapixel selfie cam. To power all this, Samsung has endowed the J3 Pro with a healthy 2,650 mAh battery.
All in all, we think that Samsung will have a hard time finding a good market for the J3 Pro in China, which is the home to the kings of budget smartphone manufacturers like Xiaomi and OnePlus.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
A new UI is being tested on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in China and Korea. So far, it's known just as the "New Note UX." Although it is still too early to comment on any aspect of the interface yet, a few things did come in light. Perhaps the most obvious and significant change that Samsung will bring onto their smartphones with the new UI is the absence of the app drawer. Additionally, we can also see that the app icons resemble those seen on the iOS, with their uniform shape and size. There is also the revamped Settings and apparently, descriptive texts are being replaced in favor of indicative icons, throughout the New Note UX.
After looking at the screenshots and going through the available info, we cannot help but notice that all the changes point to an UI that's quite similar to the ones found on popular Chinese smartphones. It would make sense if this was something that the Korean OEM was developing to cater specifically to their customers in the Asian market, but reports suggest otherwise. There is a chance that Samsung will be using this UI (post development) in all its future devices and in all markets around the world. What do you think? Do you like what you see?
The dual-SIM version of the Samsung Galaxy A5 is now listed on the company's official website in China. It is selling for $420 (CNY 2,599). Samsung is also planning to release the Galaxy A3 very soon too.
The Galaxy A5 is the latest member of Samsung's upper mid-range family of smartphones with a steel frame. It was announced almost a month ago and packs 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM. It is built around a 5" Super AMOLED 720p display and at the back, there's a 13MP snapper with LED flash.
Today, the unannounced Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 made its way through TENAA in China. The successor of Galaxy Tab S 8.4 sports the model number SM-T715.
Specs-wise, the Tab S2 features a 1.9GHz octa-core CPU (the chipset is likely to be an Exynos 7420), 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable memory. The display is an 8" AMOLED unit with 4:3 ratio and 2048 x 1536 pixels. An 8MP main camera, 2MP front-facing unit, and optional LTE connectivity are also on board.
With measures of 198.2 x 134.5 x 5.4mm, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 could become the thinnest tablet in its segment. The device weighs 260 grams. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 should arrive in 2 variants 8.0" and 9.7" later this quarter.
It isn't a secret at this point that Samsung is facing some tough competition from Chinese manufacturers globally and especially in emerging markets. However, in spite of the challenge, the South Korean giant had held its ground pretty well in most markets. Unfortunately for Samsung, that isn't the case in China, at least not anymore.
A Hong Kong based analytics firm has put forward data which suggests that Samsung's sales numbers dropped nearly 60% during Q1, 2017 as Samsung lost market share to the likes of Vivo, Huawei and Oppo; all of whom are Chinese OEMs. It looks like that these manufacturers are stepping up their game at home.
As things stand now (according to the report), Oppo managed to see a whopping 81% increase in their YOY Q1 sales numbers, with Vivo and Huawei coming in with 60% and 25% increase respectively. In China, Samsung just lost some serious ground as per these results since their market share plummeted from 8.6% just last quarter to 3.3% now. If these are signs of things to come then Samsung's future is not looking good in China at all.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung is the global leader when it comes to smartphone sales and market share, but that doesn't mean it's the leader everywhere. Being the most populated and prospective nation in the world, China is now one of the biggest markets for smartphones in the entire world as well. In spite of seeming like the perfect match for each other, Samsung's hold over the local market in China has been reduced to a mere 3% at the end of Q2 2017; the lowest for the company in any other nation where it has a significant presence.
If you are wondering why it is so, there are two main factors at play here. Firstly, the political relationship between South Korea and China is not going very well at the moment. This has resulted in a number of customers rejecting Korea-made products In favor of products from local manufacturers like Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, Huawei and the like. Secondly, the competition from the local manufacturers is too steep for Samsung to match up with them under the current situation. In fact, Apple isn't doing too well in the country either as their share in the Chinese market dropped from 8.5% to 8.2% in just a year. Nevertheless, the American company is still doing a lot better than Samsung, given that their market dropped from 7% to just 3% at the end of Q2 2017 in a quarter-on-quarter comparison with 2016.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
In a time when the world has invariably moved on to the rectangular brick form in varying sizes, Samsung is one of the few companies in the entire world that has not abandoned the flip phone completely yet. It's not like that the Korean company simply produces legacy devices just to keep the flip phone alive mind you; these are fully-fledged smartphones with top-of-the-line chips, Sufficient RAM, internal storage and the latest Android Operating Systems. The latest addition to this long line of flip smartphones is going to be the SM-G9298. No other name has been revealed for the handset so far, but it should be announced on August 3rd, during an exclusive media event by Samsung in Beijing, China. This is of course leaked news brought to us by @mmddj_china on Twitter. Check out the specs of the upcoming device below, as per the leaks so far.
• Two 4.2-inch displays; one on the outside and the other on the inside
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC
• 4GB RAM
• 64GB of internal storage
• 12-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera
• 2,300mAh battery with wireless charging
Check out the image above and let us know if you would buy one if you could.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
According to reports from multiple sources, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are being tested in China and Taiwan by the OEM. While that is pretty much expected at this stage, another fact that has been unveiled is that both the Galaxy S9 and the S9+ will have dual-SIM capacity, with one of the slots likely acting as a hybrid micro-SD card slot as well. The FCC and the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) websites has both the devices listed on them. The tests that are being conducted are meant for certification purposes, as you can probably guess.
Since the highlight of this revelation is the likelihood of Samsung launching dual-SIM variants in all regions this year, it should be noted that this news is particularly interesting because unlike the S8 and S8+, the S9 and S9+ could very well be rocking LTE support on both SIM slots. This feature is now possible to have on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip so that can be expected. However, let's hope that the Exynos variant which Samsung will launch to power the international version of the S9-series outside US and China will also have the same capability. If it doesn't, it would be a real surprise and disappointment.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Let's get this out of the way first; the iPhone 7 has scored significantly more on AnTuTu than any other Android smartphone in existence till date. The 178,397 points that it scored according to a recent report is just off the charts. However, the new Apple A10 chip did have fewer pixels to push than any of the flagship Android handsets on the list as the iPhone 7 only sports a resolution of 750 × 1334. In spite of that, it is currently the reigning king sitting on top of the list (unofficially for now).
That being said, Chinese handsets from manufacturers like Xiaomi, Vivo, LeEco, Nubia, Lenovo and of course, OnePlus are on top of the AnTuTu score chart when it comes to Android devices. The much loved OnePlus 3 leads the table for now with a score of 140288, followed by the Vivo Xplay 5 Elte (138,706), the LeEco LeMax 2 (138,026), the Nubia Z11 (137,685), the Lenovo Zuk Z2 pro (136,853) and the Xiaomi Mi5 (136,773).
It is a bit surprising to see the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge trail so far behind at the number 7 spot in 2016, because the S6 was leading the pack last year convincingly at one point. Since these Chinese smartphones are a lot cheaper than the ones made by Samsung, in spite of being manufactured with quality hardware, are we witnessing the slow rise of new leaders in the smartphone industry?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
A few days ago, Oppo launched a limited edition of its Oppo Reno 4 Pro smartphone in its home country China. The phone is touted as Oppo Reno 4 Pro Artist limited edition. Now, the smartphone is officially available in the market for the purchase. The phone is available for $622, which is rough converts to 4,299 yuan. The phone features 12GB RAM and a 256GB internal storage variant. The phone can be purchased through the company's official website. The internal specification of the phone is the same as Oppo Reno 4 Pro except for the design of the cover painted by James Jean, a Taiwanese-American artist known for its cover art for Marvel Comics and DC comics. For the Reno 4 Pro, he created a unique art depicting the summer carnival of dreams with a mystical creature logo.
The design is etched on the phone's rear AG glass with a SoleLuna logo at the center as it was the name of the project. The smartphone also features two dedicated themes to align with the design at back. The smartphone is available in silver color which isn't included in regular Oppo Reno 4 color options provided by the company earlier. To complement the artwork, the phone comes with themed earphones, case, and 65W super-fast charger.
Oppo Reno 4 Pro has a Super AMOLED 6.5-inch display with 1080 x 2400 pixels. The device comes with corning gorilla glass 5 protection. The phone is based on Android 10 and colors 7.3 on the top of the operating system. The Oppo Reno 4 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon processor and Adreno 618 GPU. The phone comes with a quad-camera system at the rear side with 48-megapixel wide camera lens, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth lens. For selfie, you get a 32-megapixel camera lens. You can shoot 4K videos at 30fps or HD video up to 120 fps, which allows you to shot in slow-motion. The phone comes with a 4,000mAh battery and 65W fast charging that allows you to charge the phone up to 60 percent in just 15 minutes.
OPPO released the Reno 4 series almost 6 months ago and now the company announced the Reno5 series in China today that includes a pro model as well. The Reno 5 series has come with an upgraded design language. The company says the new patented process features a pyramid-like crystal structure to design the back panel of the mobile and that's its secret for an extra shine. They have also added an oleophobic coating to reduce any finger smudges and scratches. The series includes another variant called the Galaxy Dream version of the two phones and has a color-shifting feature as a result of the different refractive indexes of the thousands of nano-film coating used. OPPO has also added a fluorescent coating at the top of the smartphone and the camera housing that enables it to absorb light and then glows in the dark.
Both phones are lightweight and thin. The Reno 5 is only 172 grams with a thickness of 7.9mm while the pro model is 173 grams but is thinner at 7.6mm. The Reno 5 and Reno 5 Pro will be available in Galaxy Dream, Aurora blue, and moonlit night color variants. The Reno5 features a flat 6.43-inch OLED display with a 2400 x 1080 resolution. The display has a 90Hz refresh rate and a 180Hz touch sampling rate. It features a pixel density of 410 PPI and a peak brightness of 750nits. There is a hole at the top left corner of the phone that houses the front-facing camera.
The regular Reno5 model is powered by the Snapdragon 765G processor as the Reno 4. The phone will be available in two configurations - 8GB RAM with 128GB internal storage and 128GB RAM with 256GB of storage. The storage type is UFS 2.1 and you can't extend the storage capacity of the phone. The device has four rear camera systems on the rear side. The primary camera is a 64MP with a 6P lens and it comes along with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera, and another 2MP camera for capturing depth. There is no support for optical image optimization in the phone but the company suggests an electronic image stabilization technique as a replacement.
It was only yesterday that the iPhone 6 duo went on sale in China and we're already hearing the first juicy reports.
Apparently, China Unicom, the country's second biggest carrier, has hired on-site tailors for its store in Shanghai to offer the service of pocket enlargement to those customers who opt for the bigger iPhone 6 Plus.
It's highly unlikely however that these "Pocket Plus" adjustment services are anything more than a cleverly devised publicity stint. Big-screen smartphones are no novelty in Asia and I doubt that customers there need any pocket adjustment to accommodate the late-to-the-big-screen-party iPhone.
According to the China Consumers Association, many of the iPhone models are experiencing a strange issue where the phones are switching off unexpectedly. They are claiming that the affected models so far include the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. In fact, this isn't even a localised incident as consumers all over the world have reported similar problems with their iPhones in the last few weeks. Apple had in fact, issued a notice globally on November 20, while addressing the problem.
"Apple has determined that a very small number of iPhone 6s devices may unexpectedly shut down. This is not a safety issue and only affects devices within a limited serial number range that were manufactured between September and October 2015.
If you have experienced this issue, please use the serial number checker below to see if your iPhone 6s is eligible for a battery replacement, free of charge."
However, the Chinese authorities have declared that the battery problem extends beyond just the iPhone 6s and Apple has failed to "meet basic consumer needs for normal wireless communication." Some of the Chinese users are even reporting that changing the battery as instructed by Apple in their notice, doesn't solve the unexpected shutdown problem either.
It is evident that the problem is serious enough for the authorities to take notice of the matter, but Apple has not yet replied to these reports or notices till date.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Today, Official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Duos (N9100) is rolling-out in China. The Update is Rolling-out Over-the-air (OTA) and using via KIES.
The update is about 750MB in size and includes a Material Design touch to the TouchWiz UI, faster performance, lockscreen notifications, improved battery life, and a few other Lollipop goodies.Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Duos Lollipop Firmware Details:
Model Name: Galaxy Note 4
Country: China (CHC)
Firmware Version: N9100ZCU1BOE2
OS: Android Lollipop
OS Version: 5.0.1
Build Date: May 28, 2015
Don't forget to use our ODIN3 Tutorial to learn how to manually flash the Firmware above into your Samsung device safely and easily.
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