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    If OnePlus wants to put out another one of its "Flagship Killers" in 2016, it should "Never Settle" for 4GB of RAM. That's only going to kill last year's flagships, right? Well, it's been a while since we last talked about what the OnePlus 3 will bring, so we might as well update you with a couple of benchmarks. As a baseline, we're dealing with a typical powerhouse: Snapdragon 820, a five-inch, full HD display, Android Marshmallow, a 16-megapixel main camera and, well, only 4GB of RAM. Yikes. Since the AnTuTu benchmark of the "OnePlus A3000" we covered on March 25, we saw a GFXBench ...

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    HTC has its 2020 vision and its all somewhat pixelated and awesome and it'll make you light-headed if the company's head's in it for too long. We're talking about the Vive, of course, but the chief of the unit overseeing the product, Wang Tsung-ching, is banking on it. During this year's China Green Company Annual Conference, Wang said that HTC's VR output and sales will be more important than its smartphones within the next four years. Wang also said that virtual reality technology will have great applications in professional uses like mental and physical health assessment. It's not ...

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    Mobile phones aren't really Philips's main business, but it should be said that the company did have 14 phones prepared last year. The seventh phone that has passed Chinese regulators this year, though, has people talking. We only know it by model name S653H and there's a limited spec sheet with every TENAA certification there is, but when there are pictures, who needs specifics? Better yet, when official press renders get leaked out, who needs certification pictures? [gallery columns="4" ids="471228,471229,471230,471231,471232,471233,471234,471235,471236,471237,471238,471239"]   With a ...

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    Apple may soon find a Great Wall coming in the way of further business growth in China. While growing its market share in mobile phones in recent years and being the only US-based content and services ecosystem to comply to the communist regime's rigorous censorship demands to do business in the country, it may have grown too far, too fast. Two anonymous sources close to the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television say the authority demanded Apple close down its iBooks Store and iTunes Movies and that the company complied. Apple, through a spokesperson, stated ...

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    Honor and its parent company Huawei are keeping up the counter this season with the former bringing down the price on some hardcore mobile hardware. Take the Huawei GX8 and the Honor 5X — both pretty much the same phone, but the GX8 cost $150 more than the 5X. So, hot off the heels of the Huawei P9's launch with its dual-camera module, we're looking forward to the Honor V8 and its own identical 12-megapixel dual-camera system. We're not sure where the name gets off being of LG's ilk. But we do have some road narrowing to do before the May 10 launch date. The display will come up to 5.5 ...

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    Apple's official expansion into the Chinese market has practically been a license to print money for the company, as the nation's smartphone users take to the iPhone in droves. And while access to those shoppers has proved quite lucrative for Apple, it's not unreasonable to wonder what sort of compromises Apple may have found itself forced to make to get that access. After all, the Chinese government loves leveraging technology to achieve its goals of censorship and social regulation; has Apple compromised on its principles in order to play ball? Today before Congress, Apple testified in ...

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    Ring flashes, 10-LED flashes, moons and flashes, it all comes in proximity to smartphone cameras these days. Posts on Baidu are now swinging some attention over to the Sony side with another Xperia phone on the loose. This one has a beefy selfie camera and a flash to boot. [gallery ids="469925,469926,469927,469928,469929,469930"]   While the Xperia line hasn't been known for surprising design, there is just enough change to distinguish this leaked phone that we're calling the Xperia C6 Ultra from the Xperia C5 Ultra, both apparently at six-inches in screen size. As opposed to the regular ...

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    Even in China, there's no pre-order frenzy that Xiaomi or OPPO can muster that beats a run on Apple. The iPhone SE is in its fifth day of pre-sales and in China, it's been making a footprint through the internet — mostly because Apple has had a hard time managing large China-sized crowds in front of their physical retail stores. CNBC was able to gather numbers on some of that pre-order traffic in the country. The business network got its numbers through three authorized online retailers: JD.com is reporting 882,295 pre-orders, Suning has 1,709,427 while Gome is scoring 889,668. ...

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    We have some of the clearest spoilers of what has been characterized as HTC's last stand in mobile. Or, something like that. But it doesn't come without its share of doubt, especially when it comes to the front panel of the HTC 10. But if you'd like to poke at the new flagships' backs — the listing sticks to the "original metal shell" or "battery cover back shell" — in silver and black, go right ahead and take a look at some pictures from a Chinese equivalent of eBay, Taobao. [gallery columns="5" ...

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    The OPPO R-series keeps on delivering some excellent, if conventional phones to us. The OPPO R9 and R9 Plus didn't disappoint us in that aspect and neither have they disappointed its manufacturer when it came to first-day sales (though they haven't been Xiaomi-good). According to a company release, it's boasting 180,000 of those sales in China through both online and offline distributions. The standard R9 comes in at around $430 while the R9 Plus goes to $510 and both come in with a mid-range MediaTek Helio processor and 16-megapixel selfie cameras. That last bit is probably the biggest ...

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    The past six months have seen an explosion in dual-camera phones of one sort or another. The iPhone 7 Plus is rumored to be a continuation of that trend. We have photos from a very protective leaker in Taiwan as well as another source of what the component for those cameras looks like. [gallery ids="466954,466955,466956,466957,466958,466959"]   A dual-camera iPhone would not only be a first for the lineage, but a first in the industry for its implementation: one 12-megapixel unit shoots pictures at a standard focal length while another 12-megapixel camera will go telephoto by up to ...

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    Hold onto your nostalgia. It may be all we'll ever get in place of real flip phones in the future. This warning comes as Samsung gets a major take-up in curved display orders from Chinese manufacturers — in fact, those displays can be seen on a big talker of a device, the Vivo Xplay 5. Industry sources say several manufacturers will fill out their lineups for the second half of the year with those curvy-screened phones. Two OEMs spotlighted were Huawei and Xiaomi. The latter was known to have a penchant for iPhone-like hardware design. But with the Mi 5 towing in cues from Samsung, ...

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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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