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    Apple CEO Tim Cook took a couple of hours to deliver the state of the company to his employees. Along with celebrating another fantastic holiday sales season, teasing the second office campus for a January 2017 ribbon-cutting, expanding employee benefits and more, Cook had some interesting outlooks for its mobile hardware and services. The executive said that the iPhone is the "greatest business of the future," perhaps for decades. Apple has made India its number one emerging market target with plans to bring official retail presence there. It will extend its presence in China as well. ...

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    The prime-profile smartphone of the year so far is the LeTV Max Pro. Qualcomm had it on-stage at its CES 2016 event when introducing the Snapdragon 820 chipset. But it's been a few games of chess since we last brought the device up in terms of talking about sales. As we enter the month when competitors will try and steal the show at MWC, we see that the Chinese regulation agency, TENAA, has certified the Max Pro. We're showing specs that we've seen both leaked and also confirmed by the TENAA entry. [table] Component,Description Screen size,6.3 inches Screen type,LCD Resolution,2560 x 1440 ...

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    The underground for smartphones is alive and thriving thanks to the underhanded middlemen that roam across geographical and legal borders to make a quick buck on vital technology. Be it in secret employee circles or a la carte smash-and-grabs, the circle of strife goes on. In Hong Kong, one interception by customs saw 891 Chinese-made smartphones taken off the market. It was the largest of four seizures made since the year began with the whole kit and kaboodle worth about $900,000. Just this past Sunday, a Pasadena, California, MetroPCS store was broken into during the dark of the ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S7 is supposedly coming soon, but what is definitely coming soon is the Xiaomi Mi 5. And it can't come soon enough for a company that's been through a cooling in sales and a gap year in flagship iteration. So, it came time for Li Wanqiang, co-founder and senior vice president of Xiaomi, to set things straight. Li announced February 24 to be the day that the company will introduce the Xiaomi Mi 5, right in the middle of its spring conference. Interestingly, there have been leaks on the conference semantics — location, logistics, timing, etc. — with a scheduled main ...

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    More Marshmallow, more of the time. The clock stands at 106 days — that's three-and-a-half months — since the final images of the first build of Android 6.0 were dropped onto Nexus devices. Motorola gave some encouraging news to Moto G Turbo owners in India today on that front and it looks like we're about to see more Honor phones come online soon along with OnePlus devices. Have an Honor 4X, 6 or 6+? Like Marshmallow, like BETA test? Sign up for our BETA test here https://t.co/Nf6tmNqWPM pic.twitter.com/MTWjiRST23 — Honor UK (@UKHonor) January 19, 2016 The UK-based Honor team ...

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    We got a peak sneak peek at the LeTV Max Pro yesterday. It's the world's first phone — at least Qualcomm's betting on it to be — that will sport the Snapdragon 820 chipset. It also has the uncommon flight path of coming from China straight to the United States. Don't be mistaken, though. The Max Pro will be sold in China at LeMall.com, though we don't have an official listing of it just yet. But thanks to an web asset leak, we have a price: CNY 3,500. That's $536 for a premiere spec monster. Of course, with currencies and export costs being the way they are, we'll have to see how much ...

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    Everyone wants to be a hotshot in China. OPPO and OUKITEL have their moments and niches and so does OnePlus. Lenovo is trying a reboot to see if it and Motorola can survive in the industry. But there seems to be little mobile tech media kindling for LeTV as the multimedia company grows into being a hardcore manufacturer in unique things like a smart bike. Turns out, it's been busy making business happen with help of the Chinese government. Specifically, the company was part of the International Chamber of Commerce trade delegation that went to Thailand. Out of that, Bangkok-based Win Win ...

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    Doesn't it always seem like we have a soup du jour cycle going on with Chinese OEMs? We kept hearing about Xiaomi riding a rocket to success before its current sputtering phase, leaving Huawei to fly above its wake. Meantime, there's Elephone, ZTE, Letv and probably one named "SUPERLUCKYDUCKDUCK" if we spent enough time scouring the right industrial parks in Harbin. Well, Meizu gets a chance to gloat a little bit today, as it announced on its blog that total sales for the year have exceeded 20 million. That represents a 350 percent jump from last year's number. The company put out six ...

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    Some phones can theoretically last days on end and just look awful doing so. Most phones don't — not necessarily what power users are going for. Striking a balance between industrial design, horsepower, battery specs and cost gets hard when you favoring one over the others. So, Chinese OEM Gionee decided to compromise less and do more in a follow-up to a marathon runner of a phone. And just like some movies that don't know a holiday from a better debut date, this phone's coming out on Christmas. The Marathon M5 Plus follows up last month's Marathon M5 with hardware upgrades galore. Yes, ...

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    China's about to take in a monster of a company that will compete in the bustling mobile payments. Apple has been poking around competitors and vendors in China for a while before finally teaming up with China UnionPay, the country's only bank card issuer, to make the appeal to the country's banks for Apple Pay. Apparently, there seems to be enough support for UnionPay and Apple to actualize a launch of Apple Pay for the new year. Apple Pay will officially operate in tandem with UnionPay's own mobile point-of-sales network, QuickPass, meaning all Apple Pay-compatible devices can use ...

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    Want to stare at some pictures? You've come to the right place. The HTC One X9 has gone through the rumor wringer and then some. The trip to TENAA left us wanting more, especially with that branding moved from the chin to the forehead. Luckily for us, it's the Chinese internet to the rescue as we now have more angles of what is supposedly the device. We can see a lot of the same action going on in the back, including that weird camera visor action and only a lower antenna reception band. More importantly, the front — pictured in its white finish — now sets off more details that we ...

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    ZTE's been focusing its new Axon line of smartphones on its global front. While premium hardware with thoughtful design is kicking up the dust here, we continue to monitor the home scene for ZTE: China. And low-end devices are still selling a very health clip. Just ask Xiaomi or Letv. So, ZTE is throwing its own flame on the value fight with the ¥599 ($93.67 as of this post) Blade A1. There's very decent stuff for the price: [table] Component,Description Screen size,5 inches Screen type,LCD Resolution,1280 x 720 Pixel density,294 ppi SoC,MediaTek MT6735 Type,Quad-core Speed,1.3GHz ...

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    Chipsets ahoy! What's with manufacturers coming up with their own systems-on-a-chip lately? Sure, Apple and Samsung have had great prominence in doing it. Huawei also has its own HiSilicon subsidiary that has brought more prestige to the Kirin line recently. LG's figuring out its own way with Intel. But Sony's denying rumors it's doing anything by itself. What's going on with manufacturers' factories? Apparently, tons of money if you're in China. ZTE just got a ¥2.4 billion ($73.8 million as of this post) infusion from the National IC Industry Investment Fund. The company plans on using ...

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    If you decide to get a Samsung Galaxy S7 next year, you'll have to deal with what our friends with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus had to earlier on this season. Samsung is said to only have production capacity for so many Exynos 8890 chipsets that it will only appear on half of all S7 units. The other half will get the Snapdragon 820. We've the former get benchmarked on GeekBench with some pretty outstanding results. But the Exynos 8890 has very little to stand on with a recent result from a Chinese test. The comparable Kirin 950 put up an average score of 65,179 while the Exynos 7420 ...

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    South Korea and the United States are bases for some major mobile payment systems which are now and will soon serving several other countries in Europe and North America. But alas, China has been the elephant in the room and the hardest nut to negotiate a way into. Within China, Alibaba's been doing the work, but with a surge of interest in Apple, it'd help things out that Apple get in and play. It seems that it has as the company has reportedly struck a preliminary agreement with China's only domestic card issuer, UnionPay, to use the payment network's point-of-sales system of more than 5 ...

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    If you're a company in the smartphone business looking to expand your services to new users, where do you turn? From a growing number of companies, that answer is “China,” and just last week we were checking out the latest rumors to suggest that Google could be interested in finally taking another stab at the Chinese market – this time through the introduction of a custom Google Play Store for its users. Now a new report looks at Apple's efforts to bring more of its own services to China, as it supposedly prepares to begin offering Apple Pay in the nation early next year. Sources ...

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    Android's relationship with China is a tricky one, to say the least. While Android or Android-based platforms power over seventy percent of the country's handsets, they're doing so without a lot of the Google polish we get elsewhere: no Google Play services, and no Google Play Store. And while plenty of alternative China-based app stores exist to give the nation's smartphone users their software fix, that's still a whole lot of access to users that Google's missing out on. A couple months back we checked out reports suggesting that Google was finally about to figure out a way to work with ...

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    While we mention the spread of Samsung Pay to different devices, Samsung or not, we have to have the territory to use the service in. So far, Samsung has reached deals with banking, retail and cellular network partners in South Korea and the US. We've been promised a further push into other countries like the UK, Spain and China during Samsung's August event. Well, look at that: SamMobile is reporting that we'll see those three countries receive Samsung Pay in Q1 of next year. Same device rules are in play — the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+ & the Galaxy Note 5. We don't ...

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    This amorphous blob we keep referring to as "China" has been a tough topic to tackle for us at Pocketnow. The sheer enormity of the market, the hundreds, even thousands of component and device manufacturers and trends so short-lived, they seem concurrent enough to contradict each other all combine to inhibit understanding of the Chinese consumer. Well, fun fact: China covers 3.7 million square miles of megalopolises and nowheres with a government that has commercial interests in every part of it. So it's not surprising to hear that the country is home to 1.3 billion mobile subscribers. ...

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    We have a certain fondness for the Yotaphone around here. The dual-screen Android smartphones that Russian parent company Yota Devices has produced have swayed the niche markets, including the United States. Unfortunately, when we got word that the company wouldn't be shipping its YotaPhone 2 to the United States — despite an Indiegogo campaign that likely took a lot of money from American hands, proving some interest — we wondered what was really going on with the move. Apparently, according to an interview with the company's CEO, like most things in Russia, the Kremlin had a finger ...

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    Every so often, our Stephen Schenck likes to point out that RAM is really cheap nowadays. And indeed, many phones have taken advantage of that fact with 4GB now the new benchmark for close-to-flagship-tier smartphones and devices. Because why not? Especially after some RAM management kerfuffles. Well, we now have industry sources from Korea telling us about the war games they're playing with Chinese manufacturers as RAM is going, going, gone down to basement prices. Try $16.70 for a 4GB DDR3 module last month, down 9.5 percent from September's price. Metrics tracker DRAMeXchange expects ...

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    The second flagship smartphone from Chinese entertainment giant LeTV may or may not break cover later today with a rotating camera, Snapdragon 820 SoC and 4 or 6GB RAM, but first things first, the up-and-coming OEM has to take care of its most cash-strapped fans. The “mid-range” LeTV Le 1s is reportedly priced at CNY 1,099 ($173) in the Middle Kingdom, going on sale next Tuesday, November 3, with a premium set of features in tow many Western-popular device manufacturers would probably charge around $400 for. No exaggeration, the Le 1s feels higher-end than, say, the HTC One A9, and ...

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    Lenovo-owned Motorola is now preparing to kick up its fall season after a trio of Motos from the summer, including the Moto X Style/Moto X Pure Edition. We've been awaiting a sequel to the Droid Turbo for Verizon and an international variant of that phone, dubbed the Moto X Force. It now looks like the Moto X Force has earned its stripes in China. Specifically, the Moto X Force has just gotten its China Compulsory Certification. It's been tested for TD-LTE and also has fast charging with it, but that's all we have from the document. The last update we got in this vein of Motorola was the ...

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    Apple Pay started its international romp over the past quarter after having been bound by continental shores just before. Sure, you may have a bit of trick to pull if you need to make a purchase above £30 in the United Kingdom on the popular Apple Pay or other systems, but improvements and farther reaches have been slowly and surely coming. Now we're getting word of some huge real estate Apple wants to tackle: China. Apple has taken $13.4 million to set up shop in China within Shanghai's free-trade zone as Apple Technology Service (Shanghai) Ltd. and is awaiting for regulatory approval ...

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    Xiaomi's been a huge smartphone force in China and we've covered pieces of that force here on Pocketnow. While we should be past their unconventional ways with the flash sales and cryptic forum press releases (you can thank the ever uneasy process of translation and English proficiency of moderating forum members), we just aren't. And we're discovering this all anew with the upcoming release of not the Xiaomi Mi5, but the Xiaomi Mi 4c. The English forum post had up just a teaser poster saying that "the prince is coming" with some hype text about the previous phones in the Mi 4 series, the ...

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