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    ZTE's Nubia sub-brand has been counting down the days until the Nubia Z11 finally gets presented to the public as a shiny new phone that doesn't already have two other phones of its ilk released. Might as well be surprised with an update to the specs of this phone. We've been watching promotional posters counting down the days until the Nubia Z11's launch — just for fun, really. But on a serious note, we took another visit to the TENAA listing of what's supposedly the Nubia Z11 (model number NX531J). There were a few things that were not there since our original specifications post. ...

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    This week has come up to be an unexpectedly busy one. Tomorrow, the Nubia Z11 finally launches. Two days after and we're dealing with the vivo X7. Right in the middle on Wednesday, though, we have what LeEco is teasing to be your next "hero" smartphone. And we have a supposed sneak peek, thanks to Chinese social media, of what it may look like and what hardware it might have. A Weibo post purports to show off the back casing of a LeEco phone-to-be (model name LE-X720) with iPhone 7 rumor-esque antenna line design, a port for a fingerprint sensor and a giant landing pad for the cameras with ...

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    Chinese regulatory agency TENAA has listings up for two variants of the vivo X7, giving us more of an idea of what it has to offer in hardware. Most of the X7's internals were pretty much spoiled from the getgo by vivo while the X7 Plus — or, more correctly, a facsimile of it — got teased in visuals. But beyond the basics, what more can we pull out of TENAA? Well, for one thing, the 5.2-inch full HD display is made out of OLEDs. The 16-megapixel selfie camera will get paired with a 13-megapixel one. Android 5.1 will come standard on the device as well as the 4GB of RAM and 64GB of ...

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    Huawei's been chomping up the food chain as the world's third largest smartphone manufacturer by annual shipments. It was originally looking forward to a 40 percent jump in shipments this year to further its ambitions to be the world's largest OEM. Nope. Not the case it seems, as told from Taiwanese industry. Huawei may cut back from a forecast 140 million smartphones to 120 million smartphones. That's still a 20 percent improvement from last year, but with the higher-end phones — like the P9 and its cohorts — not garnering enough demand as hoped for. The Honor V8, though, has topped ...

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    A bubbling of Xiaomi rumors have us excited for the company's next announcements for this half of the calendar. It's not just the Mi 5's heftier sibling as mentioned above, you see, but there's talk about the Mi Note 2 and a notebook as well. Unfortunately, Chinese internet chatter about the notebook is limited to just talking about the existence of one. The big things about the Mi Note 2 so far is the possibility of it having two cameras on the back and two curves on the sides of the screen — you know, like all these phones we have today. The Xiaomi Mi 5s, though, has a little more ...

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    One of the factors of most iPhone releases that we take for granted is the pricing. The new 16GB model comes in at $649 and basically every other variant tacks on some multiple of $100 to the price. But with rumors of an iPhone 7 Pro getting into the product mix this year and improved storage options to boot, there's some question as to how SRP's going to work out this year. A Weibo leaker is claiming to have the answers from a mile out of launch time with a complication in each model's storage situation. Apparently, the iPhone 7 will have models with 32GB, 64GB or 256GB of storage. Both ...

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    Another week, another major tech acquisition — this time spanning across the globe. Japanese telco Softbank is selling its 84 percent stake in Finnish mobile games maker Supercell. Chinese multimedia company Tencent will acquire the stake for up to $8.57 billion. The deal is expected to close next quarter. Softbank is going through a period of transition after years of losses and its CEO, Nikesh Arora, resigned this week. Softbank founder and replacement CEO Masayoshi Son has a $55 billion stake of Tencent. That company is looking to expand its lucrative gaming portfolio after picking ...

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    In the nebulous of smartphone manufacturers that is China, there's always one brand trying to be the same as Apple, another trying to be different and one more trying to be the same as everyone else. Take BBK, for instance. It owns the OPPO and vivo brands and is strongly connected to the OnePlus brand. The company has a massive presence in the consumer market. What it might want to do next is tailor its craft for the education industry. Enter this teaser poster that connects the BBK name and its 20 years of expertise in the education business to a new name: imoo. And apparently, what we ...

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    It's another release fresh out of China and, perhaps, onward to the United States. Or not. Samsung's recent HTC-likes, the Galaxy C5 and Galaxy C7, have been spotted at the FCC with application papers, but just because the commission takes a look at the devices doesn't necessarily mean we're getting sales in the US — it's happened before. Digging into the Galaxy C7's FCC ID label document, we also see markings from a Brazilian agency with an entirely different LTE spectrum than the US. The Galaxy C5's SAR report shows that the only LTE band tested was the one shared between CDMA-run ...

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    Chinese manufacturer Vivo is readying itself for another smartphone release. Unlike the Xplay 5 Elite, though, these two devices won't be busting any blocks — even the company admits it through an initial release of their specs. [gallery columns="1" ids="475884"] But what we're looking is far from basic. The Vivo X7 will sport a Snapdragon 652 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage standard. The 16-megapixel selfie camera gets paired with a "Moonlight" flash diode. Of course, like other Vivo offerings, there's little bezel around the screen and below it is the fingerprint sensor. ...

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    Fingerprint sensors have had their time as the innovation of the month for most manufacturers. In fact, we think that we're closing in on the saturation point. But there's a contingent in China that knows what they like in their smartphones and one of the things they like is a fingerprint sensor on the front side. Huawei and Honor have been making devices with fingerprint sensors on the back side, but that could change next year with the Huawei P10. According to at least one Weibo rumorer, it looks like the reader will make its move to the front, just like how OPPO, Xiaomi, Lenovo, ...

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    Apple has been dealing with blow after blow in its patent challenges recently. Samsung is getting more support for its bid to overturn a verdict for Cupertino while patent holders are getting away with more money. China has been tightening its grip on its international commerce relations recently, especially with Apple — once on branding and again on controversial content. Now, the Beijing Intellectual Property Bureau has ordered Apple to stop selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the city. Why? Because the design apparently infringed upon a patent held by Shenzhen Baili ...

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    If you want to stay awake or, heaven forbid, cut short your sleep tomorrow night, you'd want a great reason to do so. That reason may be Bluboo. The little-known Chinese manufacturer will have six models at 50 units each for sale at $9.99 starting at 3am Eastern on June 18. After the so-called "Snap Up" units have sold out, the phones will then go for a reduced discount. The headliner for Bluboo is the Maya, what you could say is a mid-ranger from 2014. It has a 5.5-inch HD screen from JDI, a quad-core processor running at 1.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, Android Marshmallow and a 13-megapixel main ...

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    As soon as the exhale ended from the OnePlus 3's standardizing of 6GB of RAM (plus the other device launches that never really got outside of China), we find ourselves holding our collective breath once again. This time, LeEco might be making the next move. In fact, LeEco may be pushing the borders on several fronts with an unnamed phone similar to the Le Max 2 — a Snapdragon 821 clocked at 2.3GHz with 8GB of RAM and a 25-megapixel main camera above a fingerprint sensor. And it's said to come in around the ¥3,000 range ($452). In a weird turn of palettes, the phone may come in red, ...

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    There are three Nubia Z11 variants we know of and there could soon be a forth. It depends on whether or not it gets announced on June 28. Chinese regulatory agency TENAA has this interesting take on a device that has been iterated on over and over again. The major spec here is the 4.9Ah battery on this thing. It keeps thickness to a respectable 8.95mm, but includes some hardware compromise to keep it from flagship status. The octa-core 1.95GHz chipset doesn't offer much of a tell of what it could be, but it gets 3GB of RAM for backup. The LCD keeps to 5.5 inches at full HD. Both cameras on ...

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    Okay ZTE, this one took a while. And it frankly makes little sense when we've already saw the Nubia Z11 Max launch a week ago. Worse yet, the Z11 Mini has had a two-month headstart on the Max. Whatever the reason, we now know that the Nubia Z11 will be introduced in Beijing on June 28. The company even booked the National Conventional Center, not a small task. TENAA lists the phone with a pair of 13-megapixel cameras, though it's only one on each side of the phone. There's an octa-core processor running at 2.15GHz with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Oddly, while there's a microSD slot, ...

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    We can safely say that if you're a big fan of cheap smartphones, your money isn't safe, however little of it you have. Sure, you could go for a BLU phone or strain the value knuckles with a Lenovo Blade. And then, there's the Meizu m3, a $90 phone with the specs of a $200 phone in the States. Well, the company decided to add an extra letter and a few extra dollars to the price tag. So what does the Meizu m3s strive to bring? A sandblasted metallic body and a home button with 0.2-second fingerprint recognition. That's pretty much it. The five-inch HD display under the 2.5D curved glass ...

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    Sure, there are phones out there that claim that they're all about the selfie. But until now, many modern "camera-phones" have been focused on either one side or the other. But with Meitu, — you know, the company that wanted you to have it all with its V4 — it's giving you everything it's got on all sides. Meet the M6. Sure, it has a full HD LCD screen across five inches. The Helio P10 chipset from MediaTek won't drag on eight cores and 3GB certainly helps. 64GB of storage is also cool enough to store some Hi-Fi audio you want to play back with a battery rated at 2,900mAh to last ...

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    We got an early hint at what the Galaxy Beta Program would bring to the fore, including a bit of what the supposed Note 7 would have for hardware. But as the program has officially launched in Korea and China, there's more we need to learn about in preparation for the next S Pen-toting phablet. What Samsung has dubbed the "New Note UX" has spread out to select Note 5 users and it is likely to come to all S7 and S6 variations in the two countries. We see a Chinese unit with the new skin, courtesy of PLAYfuldroid and it seems to make the app drawer an optional feature. It's especially canny ...

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    Samsung still seems to hold the flip phone in very high esteem. So much so that it's been said the chaebol will pack in an Exynos 8890 chipset, a pair of AMOLED screens and what sounds to be standard S7-caliber cameras into the fourth iteration of its Galaxy Golden series. In a bit of hubris, the internal name for this "SM-W2017" is internally called Veyron. Yep, it's a Bugatti model. SamMobile details the screens as 3.9-inchers with HD resolution, the cameras with 12 megapixels on the rear and 5 megapixels in front. The device's build could be similar to the Galaxy S7's glass and metal ...

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    Every so often, OPPO updates its A-series phones. They're always floating around to give those who don't like selfies and who don't like mid-range flagships just something, anything to work with.  And that's what we're dealing with here with the A59: decency. The gold-colored, dual-SIM, 32GB variant of the phone is currently on pre-sale through June 18 for ¥1,799 or $274. [table] Component,Description Screen size,5.5 inches Screen type,LCD Resolution,1280 x 720 Pixel density,267ppi SoC,MediaTek MT6750 Type,Octa-core Speed,1.5GHz GPU,Mali-T860 RAM,3GB Storage,32GB Camera,13-megapixel ...

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    The Chinese like to describe things with extended metaphors and poems. Lenovo is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer. It owns the Moto brand which has a new device ready for launch tomorrow. And sometimes, it likes to get really wordy — like pretentious marketing in the western world. Trust us, it can get much worse on Weibo. Lenovo posted the above poster on its Weibo account teasing its 16 magnetized pogo pins along with the following poem that we've Google Translated and cleaned up quite considerably — and it's still not perfect: You can capture the entire night sky and lock sights on ...

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    The Moto Z is coming together for a launch this week. Why are we talking about another phone here? Because it got a pretty meaningless photo leak today. Just like how the OnePlus 3 has a pretty meaningless photo leak today — well, at least for the places that aren't China. A Tweakers forum was able to dig into Chinese eBay-like TaoBao and find a product image for the OnePlus 3, not exactly on sale just yet. We'll see the OnePlus 3 launch in exactly one week. Source: Tweakers Via: PhoneArena

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    We're only a couple of days out from Lenovo Tech World where Lenovo is expected to debut the Moto Z. With rumors and leaks, we feel like we have a pretty good idea of what the two versions of the phones look like. Then again, it's always another look from a different perspective — this one from the side. This teaser poster is just one more leak to add to the dogpile and we can thank Weibo for it. We can't verify anything about the poster, but it definitely does feature what looks to be a prominent camera Oreo and the volume and power buttons. From what's been leaked, we know that we can ...

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    With the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book still feeling somewhat fresh in our minds in the wonderment they provided, — and all the little and big bugs that have bit at us along the way — Microsoft may make us wait a little bit before it introduces its next iteration of the Surface Pro 2-in-1 tablet. And with a bump from "4" to "5" come some massive spec bumps as well. India's Mobipicker is relaying word from its Chinese sources that the Surface Pro 5 will come packing with Intel's 14nm Kaby Lake processors and up to 16GB of RAM. Windows 10 Redstone 2 will be on-board. A point of more ...

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