Posts tagged with: China
  • by |

    We've been fielding rumors of the Moto Z Play having a headphone jack, unlike its thinner compatriots. The thought of a Moto Z Play is still up in the air at this point as we're picking up another set of photo leaks showing off what started out as the "Vector Maxx". MotClub has obtained four pictures (two of which from a Weibo post) of a device named just "Vector" with relatively barren design as opposed to the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. [gallery columns="4" ids="479016,479017,479018,479019"]   The device does share the large camera bump of the two, though, along with the 16 pogo pins ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The Meizu PRO 6 still feels just about new and it doesn't seem fair to talk about its successor right now, but the vice president of the company is talking and he's talking processor power. In a group chat, Li Nan said that the PRO 7 would not be using an Exynos 8890 processor because the chipset doesn't support all three of China's cellular networks. An upcoming Exynos chip may have that support, but we don't have any indication that Meizu will take it up. Qualcomm chips likely won't make the cut, either. Despite rumors that an Exynos 8890 would be coming to either a revised PRO 6 or an ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Xiaomi's more price-aggressive brand, Redmi, has a new phone out simply called the Redmi Pro. It starts at the equivalent of about $225, but it also has a full HD OLED screen — something rare at this price point. Samsung, which produced the Xiaomi Mi 5's OLED panels, did not produce the Redmi Pro's screens, though. Not even LG got the job. Instead, Xiaomi Today is reporting that two Chinese firms, EverDisplay and BOE, made the grade. It's not known how the order split down. The two companies are heading off Samsung's reported 95 percent share of the OLED market with more orders from ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    A Chinese startup called Mobvoi — which has successfully closed three rounds of funding, the latest led by Google — has decided to bring an Android-powered smartwatch out of China. The Ticwatch 2 technically isn't even an Android Wear watch — it's a watch that runs a skinned version of Android with something more like Tizen in mind. The watch, running Ticwear OS, is compatible with smartphones running iOS 8.0 and Android 4.3 and fills the typical bill for notifications, media control, watchfaces, voice interactions, Android Wear apps, gestures etc., but the interface is set up ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    United States customers will get first dibs on a new variant of the OnePlus 3 that's been teased for quite some time. The Soft Gold version will be available at OnePlus's site in "limited" supply at the same price as the regular Graphite color: $399 in the US. Sales will start at noon Eastern or 9am Pacific tomorrow, July 26. Global sales will be available through OnePlus's Canadian, European and Hong Kong sites on August 1 at 10am GMT. That's 3am in Vancouver, 6am in Toronto, 11am in London and 6pm in Hong Kong. India will get a launch date for the Soft Gold variant soon. Side note: ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    If you’re still wondering how it might be possible for an Android handheld manufacturer to realistically predict 100 million unit global shipments without much of a presence in many key European markets or the US, Counterpoint Research should give you a solid clue. According to the firm’s latest “Monthly Market Pulse”, OPPO claimed a big domestic win for the month of June not only in offline sales, but overall China demand, including both physical stores and online smartphone orders. This is the fast-rising OEM’s first ever victory of such a magnitude, although Huawei ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Torrential. You could describe the rate of iPhone 7 shells coming out of China and appearing on video as torrential. And now you can add on the supposed iPhone 7 Plus in addition to the iPhone 7 Pro. And you thought we were done with the iPhone 7 Pro. Well, one Weibo leaker is perpetuating the variant with a passed-along video of what the the dual-camera ports could look like on these simulated 5.5-inch iPhone 7 models and a mention of both names. Microblogger "KK Low Key" put up an extended post with stills of the stack of iPhone shells pointing out that we don't see any card slots and ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The Soft Gold version of the OnePlus 3 wasn't available at launch. It still isn't. But we're still waiting. And waiting. But the Chinese don't have to wait as long. Well, at least one Chinese person on Weibo. OnePlus played its audience by saying it would be randomly giving away a fresh Soft Gold OnePlus 3 to a random, praising commenter. Well, it's been a couple of days, so that winning person probably got a box by now. When we could expect to pay $399 for one, that's yet to be determined. Anyone seeing red, here? Source: Weibo Via: PhoneDog

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The dream may have been achieved, but can it come to the masses? Well, leave it to China to bring down the house. Last month, Tendigi developer Nick Lee had built a prototype of a hardware addition to an iPhone that can make it run Android. It seems like Haimawan, a company working with OS virtualization, has run with that momentum by releasing the MESUIT this week, a case that lets Android and iOS run simultaneously on the iPhone. The case connects to the phone through the Lightning port and is interfaced through an app. It boasts a 1,700mAh external battery for the iPhone 6 and 6s and a ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    But why are we talking about it? It's not going to be there come Unpacked time anyways, right? At least, that's the assumption we're making out of all the words about Samsung's curved-only strategy for the Galaxy Note 7. Well, if you've been hoping for a flat screen (weird to be saying that for a smartphone), you can continue hoping. One Weibo user has seven pictures of a working Note 7 unit with a flat screen. It's black, it's glossy, it has room for an S Pen and it boots into TouchWiz. [gallery columns="7" ids="478225,478224,478223,478222,478221,478220,478219"] Samsung doesn't tend to ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The much rumored-about Galaxy Note 7 has a much rumored-about iris scanner that adds on to the security layers that Samsung has already implemented on previous phones. While it does scream of Windows Hello and of the Axon Elite from ZTE, checking out this footage from Chinese video-sharing site Miaopai seems to tell a quick story. That said, we can't verify if it works the way a good iris scanner should, blocking out the contents of the phone from people whose irises don't match the owner's. Only one person got their hands on the supposed Note 7 in the seven-second video. A quick look at ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    So, who do we have to talk to and bribe to get one of these mockups over here? It feels like everyone should be on a mission to China to buy off what's been described as iPhone 7 shell duplicates "from the manufacturer". And then everyone shows those dupes on video for the world to pick up. This time around, we have Chinese audio brand BeSound — which makes a Bluetooth speaker literally titled "Football" as in American football — showing up with a gal named Mook and an iPhone 7 shell right next to an iPhone 6s. The video's much clearer than that previous and prolonged Miaopai leak we ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    They say that you can tell a lot about a person by looking straight into their face and finding the soul in the eyes. The same rule can't really apply to phones, but it seems that people will try and find meaning anyways. We find ourselves back on Chinese microblogging site Weibo and back in Guangzhou at the New Asia Electronic and Digital City, an electronics marketplace, for what other outlets are calling a "spy shot" of all three rumored iPhone 7 models. That includes the iPhone 7 Pro and the iPhone 7 Plus along with the little iPhone 7. But with this photo and the one above showing the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    It was at "3" last year, as far as we know. Now, ZTE is moving this weirdly-branded line of budget phone to "4". The company has launched the Small Fresh 4 in China. It has a MediaTek MT6753 (eight cores running at 1.3GHz), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable with a microSD card by up to 64GB) and a 5.2-inch full HD LCD with 2.5D pooling glass on the front. The 5-megapixel selfie cam supposedly has some crazy glass in front of it, giving it a 160-degree field of view. There's a 13-megapixel rear camera, too. All of this and a fingerprint sensor on Android Marshmallow with MiFavor 3.5 ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Miaopai, China's equivalent of Vine, doesn't just take six-second long videos. It takes 160-second long videos. Two minutes and 40 seconds. Enough time for an in-depth comparison between the iPhone 6s and what's supposedly the iPhone 7. Just don't get too excited, though. Weibo blogger Low Key KK says in the video that the metal casing he has is the correct design as received by the manufacturer, but it was handmade and not die-cast (read: not off of assembly lines), so we're not getting a real real look at an iPhone 7. But it seems close enough. Again, we see the big camera port, the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    What is it with people showing off their however-gotten technology during their lunch breaks? What happened to the bedroom videos? No, not those bedroom videos. Setting aside the setting, we get to see what we've seen from several design render leaks in real life — or as real as a video can get. A seven-second video from Chinese Vine analogue Miaopai purports to show the iPhone 7 with its questionable back and bottom design at a restaurant table. It is being relayed courtesy of 9to5Mac. We see Silver and Space Gray variants getting tilted to show off everything from the edge-hugging ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    It took only a minute for the Nubia site to run out of Z11 phones. Again. The second batch of devices took an estimated two hours to completely sell out at all of its e-retail locations. The flash buyout comes after Nubia co-founder Ni Fei promised more stock would be available in today's sale. 25.3 units were sold per second on a half-hourly basis. By our estimate, it seems that 180,000 devices just weren't enough for the clamoring crowd. Some Weibo commenters were concerned that if chronic shortages persist, customers might take their money and put it to the upcoming Honor 8 or another ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Xiaomi is saying that two is greater than five. Product allegory would say that the Chinese manufacturer's upcoming Mi Note 2 will outperform Samsung's Galaxy Note 5. With such a time gap and better components available at lower prices, there's one big "duh" right there. Perhaps according to these rumors, it could even beat the Note 7. But hold the phone, if you will. From the point of view of Chinese rumor mongers, a so-called "Xiaomi Phone Pro" will be a smaller, less capable package than the regular Mi Note 2 — not like it was for an analgous Mi Note Pro last time around. This ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Just as Apple's latest earnings report is just a snapshot of how poorly the iPhone 6s is performing, consider Kantar Worldpanel's latest report on Cupertino's rivalry with Samsung another symptom of the problem. It has logged Samsung's mobile market share in the US at 37 percent for the three months ending in May. That's compared to Apple's 29 percent. Specifically regarding the latest flagship releases, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge took 16 percent of the pie while the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus was at 14.6 percent. The crossover story remains the same: 14 percent of Apple customers came from ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    With the pre-orders over and done with, sales have been rapid-fire fast for the Nubia Z11. A million buyers registered to buy the thing, but only 250,000 got theirs on July 6. Ni Fei, co-founder of the ZTE subsidiary, said that the company's working hard on getting its next batch of devices ready for July 13. Meanwhile on the mothership, ZTE is expecting to triple its sales in Thailand this year to 900,000 units. Not bad, considering that the name's only been known in the country since 2014. It's brought the company up to number six in sales, but still faces challenges from the typical ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Meizu is feeling the pressure to give a good whack at its mid-range flagship this season, especially with the bang-up job it supposedly did with the PRO 6. And one co-founder is opening up to those challenges. Bai Yongxiang has posted to his Weibo account that the company is doing its best to export as much power as possible from the PRO 6 to the MX6. "Costs and prices will increase, but I believe there will be nothing like it in terms of craftsmanship in the ¥2,000 range ($300-450)," Bai posted. For context, last year's MX5 started at around the equivalent of $290. One AnTuTu ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    These renders goes to show that it pays to be active on WeChat these days, especially if you're a mobile tech enthusiast like we are. What renders? Why, they're another set of the iPhone 7 and a 5.5-inch model iPhone 7. Both models sport two speaker grilles on the bottom and mushroom cap antenna line patterns on the back. The smaller iPhone seems to get a big protrusion surrounding its camera port while the iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 7 Pro just as tall a camera bump, though it's wider to incorporate a second camera sensor. [gallery ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    With iPhone popularity reaching an inherent peak stateside, as well as in many other Western territories, where there’s simply no more room for growth, Apple continues to struggle finding its footing on the all-important Chinese and Indian shores. Among the trouble encountered by the world’s most profitable corporation in the two largest smartphone markets, the refusal of the latter’s government to permit refurbished handheld commercialization and the SE’s prohibitive pricing nowadays headline the list. It’s also not helping that the 6s has rapidly lost its charm with the recent ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    When you're talking about a value proposition, — even just on a hardware aspect — Xiaomi is probably one of the leaner, meaner players out there giving up the goods. Its Mi Max phones have put up good mechanics for a hard bargain. And then we saw a Mi Max with 2GB of RAM on TENAA. And we had to wonder how much it would have to go for to be any good. The answer? Xiaomi thinks it's ¥1,199 ($179). It has 16GB of storage and is likely running a Snapdragon 650 on a 6.44-inch screen. The standard 3GB of RAM version goes for about $230. 2GB of RAM making it down into the $100 range sounds ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    "The Chinese market is ever-changing," said Avril Wu, an analyst. No, really. If you see the breadth of what an eCommerce store offers for smartphones from companies with names ranging from Lovme and Onefive, you'd be pulling your hair out, too. But it seems that, at least for now, we have some of the biggest names in China making bigger steps than its "established" competition. Research firm TrendForce expects OPPO and vivo — both owned by BBK Electronics — will ship a combined 144 million phones to market this year, up more than 40 percent from the previous year and assumed to beat ...

    Share
    Read On
Mobile Version