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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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    Hasselblad usually makes some maddening medium-format camera gear. But with whispers of the company shrinking its workspace a bit for the sake of a Moto Mod, we have something new to stare at. A photographer with a preference for Hasselblad products on Weibo has snapped a picture of what looks to be a camera grip Moto Mod. And it is a meaty one with variable aperture (minimum f/3.5-6.5) with a zoom range of 4.5-45mm (25.7- 257mm in 35mm equivalency). Add on a hefty flash and we've got one big show to get to. What's that show? Sources say it's IFA, of course! Lenovo will be there next ...

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    One great culinary trend you'll find in your nearest Koreatown is the country's deep-fried chicken. Like a good batch of chips (or fries), they're fried twice — once for actual cooking, then again at a higher temperature for crispiness. One Baidu forums user in China recently had a very unpleasant frying experience, though. We don't have any context as to how the "world's first deep-fried Galaxy Note 7" got to be that way, but we suppose it's thanks to an exploded battery. That said, check out this next picture here. That USB-C adapter on what's likely a third-party cable has led to ...

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    To be honest, the Axon Max that ZTE debuted for its domestic audience last year didn't look to be a welcome addition. Sure, the company had some aesthetics going on and a large screen for the people who prefer them. The Snapdragon 617 inside of it was somewhat weak, though. Well, good news and bad news — GFXBench has listed a device that looks to be the next version of the ZTE Axon Max. There are trade-offs to be made around the specs, though. For one, we're keeping the six-inch, full HD screen from last year. We do get an upgrade to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with eight Cortex-A53 ...

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    Xiaomi CEO Hugo Barra said that his company will be pushing more of its electronics to the US this year. While thought to be a quite seasoned player in China, it's a six-year-old "lifestyle technology" upstart to the rest of the world, which is why Barra is on an introduction mission. "We are looking forward to introducing our brand to US consumers," Barra said to Bloomberg. "We're going to do it in the same way that we've done it in other markets. The company's targeting the young crowd (as is Huawei's competing sub-brand, Honor) through social media. India is the largest target at this ...

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    With several Asian parts manufacturers heavily reliant on Apple's business for sales revenue and a downward trend in sales for the iPhone set to continue for at least the next three months, we may either see Infinite Loop harvesting reduced product margins or the end of the standard $649 iPhone. Digitimes is reporting that manufacturers are refusing to cater to Apple's requests for lower lot prices. The company has been asking parts makers for up to a 20 percent discount as general iPhone unit sales fell 15 percent last quarter compared with last year and orders came in some 30 percent ...

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    The HTC Rhyme was targeted toward women. Women. Like, females. As in, we had to get help from YouTuber Stevie Boebi to figure out what was going on with HTC. Huawei has also been setting its sights on women with a couple of smartwatches — called "Elegant" and "Jewel". Those two hulking wrist chunks that didn't fit some men's and most women's wrists may have garnered enough traction, though, to warrant a new smartphone for women. Prepare to cheer or wince for the Huawei Nova. Its existence was first leaked by Xiang Ligang on Weibo, though the analyst replaced an initial post calling out ...

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    Smartwatches continue to pick up steam across continents and populations, but sometimes, you just need a break from it all. Something more analog, something more simple. Martian has a few watches going for them while Chronos is almost ready to ship out their first anywatch add-ons. Meizu joins their ranks with its Mix. It has an analog watchface, but the innards are nowhere near analog: a vibration motor and LED for alerts, Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to a smartphone, a gyroscope, an accelerometer and a 270mAh battery for up to 240 days of continuous use. Who knew a displayless device needed ...

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    We knew that Nokia had signed a non-compete agreement with Microsoft to not release mobile phones for two years after the Redmond-based company acquired its Devices and Sales division. For fans of Nokia design, it's been a waiting game — betting on when Nokia would actually get back into action for real. At the same time, all of us were watching the slow demise of Windows Phone, now Windows 10 Mobile. Well, the wheels started turning in Finland just a couple months ago. It licensed out branding and manufacturing for its future devices to a new company and a Foxconn subsidiary, ...

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    China's largest card issuer, UnionPay, has crossed the Pacific to spread its mobile payments system, QuickPass, to the Great White North. Over 70,000 Canadian merchants take UnionPay cards as well as over 85 percent of ATMs. While Chinese students and other contingents continue to flock east to not just Vancouver, but most of Canada, the move is good news for tech-enabled immigrants to tap-and-go with their chip-equipped cards or phones (brands mentioned in the press release include Huawei, [Xiao]MI, ZTE and Lenovo), paying online and in stores — though we're not sure how many merchants ...

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    While OPPO and Vivo are proving to be the insurgent forces — technically separate, but under one umbrella — in China, we still see Huawei lead the pack for total shipments. Digitimes is reporting some room for growth on what's thought to be a super-saturated market for smartphones this past Q2 — a 2.7 percent sequential increase and a 14.3 percent annual jump to 149 million phones. Local vendors seem to be packing in more deliveries of mid-range and budget models. Huawei logged a 14 percent share of the pie or about 20.9 million shipments. OPPO came second with 12.7 percent, ...

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    A Weibo leaker claims to have some another smartphone metal shell in their hands, this one not being the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. In fact, we can be thankful that it's not a working prototype at this point. These pictures show us what the back side of the Huawei Mate 9 may look like. As the Mate series has gone on, we've found this device to be an evolutionary result in design, though the orientation of what may be a dual-camera unit differs from the Huawei P9's setup. We don't know if one will sensor will shoot in color and the other in monochrome as the P9 did. The flanking of what we ...

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    An earlier version of this article had a visual comparison of the home button layout which was oriented incorrectly. Pocketnow regrets the error. The next iPhone is coming up fast and depending on whether or not you're itching for the Plus model, you're looking at some interesting bottom parts for this "7" or "6SE". But besides Schrodinger's Smart Connector pins, we're talking about the lack of a headphone jack, an extra speaker grille and a potentially home non-button. Speculation about the non-button part is that the "button-ness" is said to replicated by a touch-capacitive pad with a ...

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    It's been a hot summer for LeEco with some big pickups and big collaborations. But the company, formerly referred to as LeTV, also broke big boundaries as a meteoric champion in the smartphone industry earlier this year with the Max Pro being the first smartphone to sport Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor. Can it cross the line again and debut the first phone with 8GB of RAM? Maybe. Just maybe, with something called a Le 2S that may have just gotten some leakage posted onto Chinese social media. This phone's said to also have a Snapdragon 821, something bandied about in rumors of other ...

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    Samsung is working against the clock to get all its ducks in a row and launch the Galaxy Note 7 worldwide ahead of the iPhone 7/6SE announcement in early September. But it’s not only up to the Korean tech giant’s manufacturing and distribution channels. Demand is already exceeding supply in certain smaller Asian markets, with domestic pre-orders characterized as strong, and North American interest also likely to both please and trouble Samsung. It was therefore wise to schedule the dual-edged phablet’s European commercial release for September 2, and it now appears on that same day ...

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    Considering how few questions were left unanswered leading up to the official Galaxy Note 7 introduction last week, everybody expected everything laid out in the open off the bat. Full specifications, including regional differences, precise release dates, price tags, the whole shebang. But Samsung waited until today to confirm, for instance, that Canada will be receiving a Snapdragon 820 Note 7 configuration on August 19. Interesting turn of events, given the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge up north are powered by Exynos 8890 processors. The US of course remains faithful to flagship Samsung phones ...

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    Meizu has another phone planned. No, it's not going to be a PRO, it's not going to be an MX, but rather, it's this "E" phone. What's a new letter to us? It's more unique than what we've seen from the Chinese manufacturer in a while. The Meizu M1E has been leaked to be an Exynos 8890-toting phone with a 3,100mAh battery (with Meizu's proprietary 18W mCharge technology). One Weibo user has compiled a whole bunch of information on the phone, including invitation dates, renders and benchmarks. [gallery ids="479620,479621,479622,479623,479624,479625,479626,479627,479628"]   The phone ...

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    In an age where most Chinese manufacturers have websites that avoid overusing bold sans-serif fonts — mostly Impact — and really bad grammar, it seems that upstart Vernee hasn't gotten the memo. Sure, the manufacturer does the crazy things a new player would get to like flash sales, but we'd assume that it knew that the font for memes has been cordoned off limits for a while now. Whatever the case, it has announced a November release frame for the Vernee Mars, a phone that will feature the next step up from the Helio P10, the Helio P20 (MediaTek's MT6757). It runs on the same eight ...

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    Part two to this working iPhone 7 prototype extravaganza we seem to be having today is this 26-second video clip of the same unit we saw in stills today, getting its rear camera toyed around with. The Geekbar editor that posted the earlier pictures to his Weibo account also posted a video to sister site Miaopai (which, incidentally, is one of the bigger causes of Blurrycam Syndrome you see here — compression at its best). The below YouTube transfer is courtesy of TechTastic: The iPhone itself is detailed from multiple angles along with what we presume to be internal diagnostic software. ...

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    It's rumored that Xiaomi has another big product launch scheduled for tomorrow (well, today in Chinese terms) and part of that expected lineup includes a VR headset. It's apparently one foamy little piece of kit, according to a well-known Weibo entity. Okay, other than the padding, there's nothing much to see here, to be honest. Rumors remain that this headset and the Xiaomi Mi 5s that may go along with it will be Daydream-compatible. MIUI8 gets a little tease as well on a smartphone that has a curved screen. If you haven't been paying attention, this is expected to be the Mi 5s. The ...

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    OnePlus has once again found itself in a bind regarding its inventories. This comes as the startup continues to sell the OnePlus 3 smartphone without an invitation queue. CEO Carl Pei wrote in a forum post that the company will have to stop sales of the OnePlus 3 in 25 territories. They are mostly in Europe, where demand has been even higher than expected for OnePlus's "fastest selling device we've ever made." Shipment dates for all customers have been lengthening to as far as two weeks from purchase since sales began in June. Meantime, sales of the OnePlus 3 in China have only just begun ...

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    While one-third of an inch can make all the difference in smartphone usability, when a screen port steps down that kind of increment and the device takes an apparent decrease in power, you'd expect to pay less for that derivative as compared to the original product. Instead, one Weibo user is suggesting that it won't happen that way. He leaked out a sketchy sketch-art poster promoting the octa-core processor of the Redmi Pro Mini. Such a phone is listed to have a 5.2-inch full HD OLED screen (0.3 inches smaller than the Redmi Pro's screen to be precise) with 2.5D glass atop it, a 4Ah ...

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    Honor joins the list of Chinese manufacturers in this latest round of low, low price releases. How much compromise is too much, though? We'll let you answer that question as we introduce you to the Honor 5 Play, the follow up to 2014's Honor 4 Play. It was launched right beside the Honor Note 8 today. Relatively speaking, two years is plenty of time for low-key specs to improve. But you might have to peek into the subtleties to find plus sides to the new phone. For example, both phones have five-inch displays. We aren't sure if the Honor 5 Play's is at 720p or 1080p, we just know it's ...

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