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    LG is one eccentric chaebol. In addition to making plenty of components for its end-user products, like smartphones, and then, in some cases, providing the infrastructure for paid services for those products, as it does operating as a cellular service provider, LG U+, in Korea, there's just a ton of synergy possible. Concerning LG U+ in particular, it seems that its CEO is interested in expanding its presence to Japan, China and the US, investing in artificial intelligence and IoT as well as conventional wireless service. LG U+ CEO Kwon Young-soo said that he has developed relationships ...

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    More developers and manufacturers can now get their hands working on circuit boards for potential Moto Mods and, less potentially, getting $1 million from Ashton Kutcher. The Mods Developer Kit, available in the US, are now in China, Europe and South America. Canadians will get the MDKs starting October 5. The Moto Z and Moto Z Force have only just recently become available to the public in unlocked form. Source: Motorola

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    Even with all the recent Galaxy Note 7 controversy, and impressive efforts from smaller manufacturers like BLU, Honor, Xiaomi, Alcatel, Meizu or LeEco to provide the greatest bang for your buck stateside, in China, India and everywhere else, some Android enthusiasts will always favor Samsung. And we’re not just talking power users, as mid-range Galaxy A, J, C and On-series products appear to be growing in mainstream popularity too, despite the aforementioned companies (and a couple more) arguably offering better specs at lower prices. Instead of playing a numbers game, Samsung continues ...

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    If you feel like you're missing out on the Galaxy Note 7 software experience (short of the S Pen) and you have an S7 and S7 edge, you're going to have to wait your turn. Just like those waiting for new, non-explosive Galaxy Note 7 units. Weibo rumors are talking about the Grace UX that's on the Note 7 with Android Marshmallow coming to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with the Android Nougat update for each side. The Always On Display that the Note 7 has would also get transferred over, too. That could be just in a few months or so, at least for unlocked units, based on previous update cycles. ...

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    Will the madness and uncertainty ever end? Can Samsung still regain the trust of millions of endangered customers, as well as a few who were actually physically injured by faulty Galaxy Note 7 units sold in markets as diverse as the US, Korea and Australia? Not if recent fire reports in China turn out to be authentic. For the time being, we’d like to keep our skeptical hats on, since Samsung specifically green-lighted sales of the dual-curved S Pen phablet on those uber-competitive shores, ensuring buyers they’ll be getting devices with batteries inside supplied by a different company. ...

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    When not busy urging Galaxy Note 7 buyers to return the hazardous S Pen phablet, handling exchanges, and giving out compensatory freebies, Samsung likes to flood the global mid-range market with 2017 upgrades of A3, A5 and A7 models (already?), a somewhat tardy 2016 A8 configuration, and a Galaxy A9 Pro that doesn’t really need a year attached to its name. This 6-incher comes as close to flagship Android material as it gets, falling short of the hero title due mostly to Full HD screen resolution and an octa-core Snapdragon 652, not 820 or 821, processor. Otherwise, power users can’t ...

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    We already know plenty about the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but we didn't get any raw numbers about what was revving at the heart of the new devices. The most important number that people were aiming for was the current rating of the batteries, rumored to be at all-time highs for the iPhone line. Well, it only took a trip to Chinese regulatory agency TENAA to sort things out. Entries for the A1660 (iPhone 7) and A1661 (iPhone 7 Plus) have popped up, revealing that the apparently dual-core Apple A10 Fusion chipset can max output at 2.3GHz — fun fact: there are four cores on the A10 ...

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    If you trawl around YouTube enough for reviews and comparisons of tech products, you'll no doubt find those text-only videos that just pit two devices and their specs, item by item by item. Pretty monotonous, inn'it? Well, some of the latest rumors on Huawei's wintertime flagship being passed around in the Chinese tech media — and, thusly, us at Pocketnow — seem to trace back to a generic text-only video made by "CanerS Tech" on YouTube, a channel exclusively devoted to such videos about smartphone specs (speculative or official) like the Honor 8 or a concept Galaxy S9, to give you a ...

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    If it can happen to one of the world’s most successful and, until recently, trusted smartphone manufacturers, it can definitely happen to any other OEM as well. In fact, it did happen several times before the global scandal of chain Galaxy Note 7 explosions blew up (pun intended), to companies as diverse as LG, Apple and Xiaomi. Fortunately for them, the incidents were isolated and seemingly unconnected, occasionally having the owners of hazardous devices to blame for mishandling fickle components like batteries and accessories including cables and chargers. Still, Xiaomi should start ...

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    Xiaomi has a basket of social media accounts to promote not just its brands, but its sub-brands as well. For example, as a lifestyles technology company, Xiaomi's smartphone division gets its own Weibo page. Redmi has one. Huami, too. But what does a Xiaomi Pro page mean for future releases? Could the Mi Note 2 actually be the first Xiaomi Pro? Vigilant screencappers caught the newly-sprouted page without any posts and, yet, with official Weibo verification on the account. It was hidden from the public shortly after reposts started landing on the feeds. Where "2 > 5" might be ...

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    No matter which Xiaomi Mi 5 you buy, you're getting the same Snapdragon 820 as anyone else with an Adreno 530 GPU. The same 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM are there. But man, can things get different. At least one online retailer in China is selling a modified version of the Mi 5. The original Mi 5's Snap 820 was apparently hard-limited at 1.8GHz while this version brings it up to its max potential of 2.15GHz. The Adreno 530 is stepped up from 510MHz to 624MHz. Lastly, RAM speeds jump by 40 percent to 1866MHz. Everything's a tad snappier, a tad chipper and just a tad more likely to run into an early ...

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    Chinese synthetic benchmarking firm, AnTuTu, claims to have caught wind of LeEco's first Snapdragon 821 smartphone, if not one of the first... well, as opposed to all those other times when teasers got screwy and numbers were more fuzzy. The LeEco Pro 3 scores a healthy 163,546 points on the composite of tests that AnTuTu offers. The company also claims that the device is using the fabled Snapdragon 821 chipset with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The selfie camera is said to be rated at 8 megapixels of resolution while the rear one is rated at 16 megapixels. Other rumors, as compiled ...

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    Okay, so Huawei is doing the Nexus again. We've been told that before and have been loathe to believe it given that the rumor pile stuck HTC with the two-phone Pixel job. But Huawei still had a trademark on the "7P," so, even if there was no fire, the smoke's still up. And with Evan Blass passing along the idea of a Google-branded tablet in 2016, we might as well start talking specs, if only to get an idea of what we're dealing with. Huawei Blog out of Germany has compiled some figures from its sources in China and the very blurry, very doubtful picture we have so far seems plain and ...

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    Lenovo took the chance today to launch the Moto Z and Moto Z Play in China. It was a pretty big event with strobe lights and the usual larger-than-life screens to impress the tech press. It also took the time to compare both devices with some competing devices. Which ones? Weibo's Reviewer_Xiaokang reports those were the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Yes, really. And you can see the numbers right on your screen. Lenovo is being a bit cheeky with its specs as it is counting in all the potential maximums as could be provided with the existing Moto Mod ecosystem. [table] ...

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    One of the most lamented limitations of dual-camera technologies has been the implementation of image stabilization. Optical and electronic forms of the technology are great with single camera sensors, but with two of them engaging to form one image, the slightest extra jiggle on one sensor could spell disaster in terms of final product. OIS in particular relies in part on magnetism to keep things relatively still as well. Recent chatter between Chinese tech analysts on Weibo, though, has been encouraging for a few reasons — especially if you happen to be a photo geek. One point of ...

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    Tomorrow is the day when we'll get to figure out what makes the LG V20 tick. Sure, Android 7.0 Nougat, of course, but what's the silicon inside of it? Are there any numbers we could pull up? What kind of beast is this multimedia monster supposed to be? Well, one Weibo user is giving us an idea with a simple post: a 5.7-inch quad HD panel with an indeterminably-sized Second Screen, a Snapdragon 820 with 4GB of RAM, a 4Ah battery, dual 16-megapixel cameras on the rear, ESS Technology's 32-bit Quad DAC system, a fingerprint scanner on the back. Given that the V10 also had a 5.7-inch quad HD ...

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    35 batteries out of millions of Galaxy Note 7 devices is all it takes for Samsung to hit the recall button. Whether you think it's a proper response can be debated, but one place where a global recall isn't even in the question is in China. Sales have started in the country and people are laying hands on units as we speak. In a statement, Samsung China reiterated that the company has multiple battery suppliers and said that Chinese consumers should not worry. Samsung has an effort to source parts from China for its Chinese products. We don't know the source mix that Samsung uses, ...

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    We now have a better picture of what Lenovo's next Vibe phone will look like and how it will spec out, thanks to Chinese regulatory agency TENAA. A Lenovo device, codenamed P2c72, has made it through the system with a very large battery — some 5 amp-hours worth of charge. That power pack will fuel up a full HD AMOLED display at 5.5 inches that'll get driven by an octa-core processor running at 2.0GHz (a previous Geekbench log tell of a Snapdragon 625). There's 4GB of RAM and options for 32GB or 64GB of storage. A 13-megapixel camera is on back and a 5-megapixel one is in front. The ...

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    Huami, Xiaomi's lifestyle brand, has made some fairly simple fitness trackers, including one that's been plagued with delays. But maybe a whole new crowdfunded beast can paper over sins of the past. Meet the Amazfit. The case is made from ceramic and houses a 1.34-inch circular display with a 300 x 300 resolution. It's rated for IP67 water and dust protection and takes 22mm bands. There's a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Other parts include a heart rate monitor, NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Plus, the GPS is said to be the first one in a 28nm form factor. ...

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    If you thought the Samsung Z2 looked quite dated, you should probably remind yourself of the Galaxy Folder. Folder — man, that was amazing time. While LG may be letting loose on its Android-based flip phones, Samsung has another Galaxy Folder in the works — model name SM-G1600. A palette of materials revealed the new old phone along with some low-key specs: 16GB of storage (with microSD expansion up to 128GB), 2GB of RAM, a quad-core 1.4GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture and an LED flash, plus a 5-megapixel selfie camera with f/1.9 aperture. Android Marshmallow ...

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    A well-known and fairly reliable Weibo tech leaker has posted a list of potential specs for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. With the dogpile of previous rumors factored into account, we now have a more complete look at what will change and what will not from the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. To the iPhone 7 first: it will be keeping the 4.7-inch screen size that's been inherited since the iPhone 6 while also keeping the 1334 x 750 resolution. The battery crops up to 1,960mAh, the most potential it has ever had. That should power the TSMC-made A10 processor, made on a 16nm FinFET process, ...

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    Nougaty goodness could be what's in store for those who also like their starch. We're talking about the company known to Google Translate as "millet," Xiaomi. It supposedly will be cranking out a smartphone called the Mi Note 2 soon with a big screen and more than enough ambition to call out the Galaxy Note 7's predecessor — because of course, the Mi Note 2 is going to be better than Samsung's Note 5, we're just not sure if we can match them head-to-head. Anyways, we have a Chinese-sourced benchmark that has a bunch of giveaways to take away about the Mi Note 2 — all of it with a grain ...

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    Words from Samsung executives teasing the media about a "possible," "potential," "may or may not happen" Galaxy Note 7 in China with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage have fallen through. At least, for now. Samsung opened up pre-orders today for the Galaxy Note 7. Like everyone else's, it has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and no superiority over the rest of our Snapdragon 820 Note 7 units whatsoever. No, even China won't be getting the Exynos 8890. Shipments start heading out late on September 1. There are some pre-sales freebies, too, like a some OTG storage and a rebate on Level Over ...

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    Apple's supply chain for the iPhone and other devices has been suffering as sales have slid over the past year. Worse yet, as Apple continues to demand lower prices for more labor and more products, we see companies trying to push back on the giant. It's still not enough for the people toiling at the factories, though, according to advocacy group China Labor Watch. CLW talked with employees inside parts supplier Pegatron and found hazardous working conditions, poor management of about 100,000 workers and cover-ups that have helped the company pass Apple's welfare inspection. Conditions ...

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    One of the LeEco devices we've been watching the past few months has been the Le 2s Pro. Between the Le 2s and this phone, there's been dual-camera talk, speculation about 8GB of RAM and which advanced Snapdragon 820 processor these two will get. Well, another Le 2s Pro (or LE X720, if it helps) post has popped up on Weibo and this one's a doozy. There's no dual-camera module — just a camera on the top left of the back. The 5.46-inch full HD screen is said to come from JDI. Diagnostics leaked of the device list the motherboard as the one from the Snapdragon 820, but the poster mentions ...

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