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    No wonder BLU Products is taken so seriously lately by struggling veterans of the mobile hardware industry. This Miami-based, budget-focused smartphone manufacturer has come a long way from its timid unlocked debut several years back, making quite a few recent headlines with the $300 Energy XL battery powerhouse and $300 3D Touch-enabled Pure XR. But if those two perhaps felt a little rich for your blood, and the Vivo 5 and Vivo XL unveiled at CES in January were starting to lose their mojo, it’s (almost) time for a refresh fittingly dubbed BLU Vivo 5R. Up for pre-orders on Amazon ...

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    We’ve said it a number of times in the recent and not-so-recent past, and we’ll say it again as often as we get the chance. While the US remains an important market for any smartphone manufacturer, be it veteran or rookie, seeking global relevance, China and especially India can even more easily make or break an OEM’s ambitions. That’s because there’s still room for growth in the country so adamantly opposed to refurbished iPhones, which appeared to reach a saturation point this beginning of the year, quickly bouncing back between April and June, according to the International ...

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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 number of research firms have come out with their Q2 or overall H1 2016 smartphone sales reports, unanimously concluding Android as a whole continued to surge, while iOS lost a bit of steam, and Windows plunged closer than ever to absolute market irrelevance. As far as OEMs go, Samsung enjoyed a couple of remarkable quarters on Galaxy S7’s rampant success, Apple didn’t manage to keep the iPhone 6s in the limelight or turn the SE into an instant massive hit, with Chinese companies such as Huawei, OPPO and Vivo soaring to varying degrees. But what about the world’s most popular ...

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    Mere days ahead of official financial reports coming from most of the mobile industry’s heavyweights, research firm TrendForce has issued its own worldwide smartphone market analysis for the year’s second quarter, with overall production volume sitting at a solid 315 million units, up 8.9 percent sequentially and 3.2 percent compared to the same timeframe back in 2015. No big surprises ranking the top six global brands, as Samsung holds on to a comfortable lead, followed by Apple, Huawei, OPPO, LG, and Vivo. But even though Galaxy S7 sales are deemed “brisk”, both the Korean ...

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    With iPhone popularity reaching an inherent peak stateside, as well as in many other Western territories, where there’s simply no more room for growth, Apple continues to struggle finding its footing on the all-important Chinese and Indian shores. Among the trouble encountered by the world’s most profitable corporation in the two largest smartphone markets, the refusal of the latter’s government to permit refurbished handheld commercialization and the SE’s prohibitive pricing nowadays headline the list. It’s also not helping that the 6s has rapidly lost its charm with the recent ...

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    "The Chinese market is ever-changing," said Avril Wu, an analyst. No, really. If you see the breadth of what an eCommerce store offers for smartphones from companies with names ranging from Lovme and Onefive, you'd be pulling your hair out, too. But it seems that, at least for now, we have some of the biggest names in China making bigger steps than its "established" competition. Research firm TrendForce expects OPPO and vivo — both owned by BBK Electronics — will ship a combined 144 million phones to market this year, up more than 40 percent from the previous year and assumed to beat ...

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    While HTC put a lot of trust in its redesigned new flagship phone and first ever VR headset, the two’s launches haven’t been able to right the sinking ship just yet. The Vive, of course, is still in a decent position to spearhead a revolution and the rise of a profitable industry, which we can’t say about the HTC 10. Released a little late, a little overpriced, and incapable of standing out from the Galaxy S7-led pack, the beveled 5.2-incher is barely projected by market research firm TrendForce to reach a million units in 2016 production volume. The GS7 duo, mind you, was on track ...

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    Without global expansion ambitions, BBK sub-brand Vivo seems perfectly comfortable taking a few all the design cues from the Western smartphone industry’s leaders in its attempt to pose a stronger and stronger domestic challenge to the likes of Huawei, Xiaomi and OPPO. The just-unveiled X7 and X7 Plus are proud upper mid-range metal-and-glass affairs, with familiar antenna lines and rose gold color options, priced on Chinese shores starting at a relatively affordable 2,500 Yuan, or $375. There’s not much difference between the two, save for a screen size gap of half an inch and 1,000 ...

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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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    But we're obliged to talk about it, if only for the market dynamics. And boy, is Chinese manufacturer vivo expecting the market to move. The X7 and X7 Plus are expected to be in the "mid-rangers-plus" category. The phablet of the two — can you guess — will have a 5.7-inch full HD screen and it's tied to a Snapdragon 652 with 4GB of RAM and a 16-megapixel main camera. There could be more RAM and more storage in another variant that may cost way more. How much more? Well, the base model is rumored to be somewhere above ¥2,500 (approx. $400+) and the 6GB RAM/128GB storage variant could ...

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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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    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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    How serious and dangerous is China’s offensive on Korean and Western mobile hardware brands? Extremely, according to research conducted between January and March by IC Insights, which predictably positioned Samsung and Apple atop the smartphone manufacturer hierarchy, only followed by a flurry of handheld vendors based in the Middle Kingdom. Huawei naturally won bronze during Q1 2016, with 28.9 million units sold, still considerably behind the gold and silver medalists’ 81.5 and 51.6 mil scores respectively. But OPPO exceeded its most optimistic expectations, leaping from eight place ...

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    A quick follow-up to our story yesterday about Xiaomi topping the market share pie chart in China — apparently, one chart doesn't tell the whole story. An OPPO representative clarified to us that while Xiaomi did take a win in Sino Research's April report, OPPO got another one. Xiaomi led the market in online-based sales while OPPO had the most offline sales for the month. Here's how those numbers stack up: [table] OEM,Share (%) OPPO,13.3 Apple,11.9 vivo,11.7 Huawei,10 Samsung,6.8 Gionee,4.6 HONOR,3.9 Coolpad,3.4 MI,2.9 Meizu,2.6 [/table] Though listed, brands of western interest that ...

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    When we're looking at the biggest smartphone brands around, it's almost not even worth paying attention to the top two: Samsung dominates the market, and Apple's got itself a reasonably comfortable second-place spot. But move a little further down the list, and the fight starts getting interesting. Huawei's been a distant third for a while now, but could the company ever get to the point where Apple needs to be worried? And while Xiaomi and Lenovo filled out the top five last time we looked, will their fortunes hold? The latest global shipment figures are out, and they show some big ...

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    Huawei was the hustler of the smartphone industry in 2015. It had four poles holding up a tent that spread across the world, not just its home country. And if the company's pomp and circumstance didn't put the Mate S up in the product ranks of the P8, the Nexus 6P and the Mate 8, surely a sequel will. We're hearing from a supply chain source via Weibo analyst Sun Changxu that Huawei will take on a phone with a double-curved screen in the second half of the year — but it will not be like Samsung's implementation in its edge variants of the latest Galaxy S phones. Given Huawei's monster ...

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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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    "Who would ever need a 6GB smartphone?" Questions like that will get you in trouble. Despite the fact that he says he never said it, Bill Gates still gets cited as the guy who said we'd never need more than 640KB RAM in our computers, and we've seen how that turned out. If the Vivo Xplay 5 is to be considered today's benchmark, the 6GB smartphone is just around the corner. But that brings us back to the question: How much RAM is "enough" in our smartphones, and is 6GB "too much"? To answer those questions, we've got to know what RAM is, and what it's used for. Thankfully, we covered that ...

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    The glow of MWC 2016 is fading, and we've shared our early reactions to the new devices announced. Did Samsung build an unbreakable phone? Will anyone actually buy the LG G5? Plenty of people pre-ordered the HTC Vive, which is a good thing considering the M10's first teaser vid was a dud. Are folks game to play with a new voice assistant? Soundhound thinks you'll be impressed with their new helper. We've been hard at work covering news stories and prepping for the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into tech explanations and ...

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    It used to be that a smartphone getting a full gigabyte of RAM sounded like a luxury, a hardware extravagance that almost threatened to go wasted as mobile platforms looked for something to do with all that extra memory. But make good use of it they did, and it wasn't long before we saw 1GB give way to 2GB, then 3GB and even 4GB. At some point, it almost seemed silly to keep talking about memory ceilings, as it became clear that smartphone OEMs would always outdo themselves with more and more handset RAM. For a while now, we've been looking forward to what's next, and recently it's become ...

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    Samsung finds itself in an enviable position in the smartphone industry, large enough a company to develop a number of its own hardware components, while secure enough in its standing to not just hold its most desirable parts back for exclusive use in its own devices. In addition to Exynos chips, the curved-screen displays Samsung first used on its own Edge-series hardware have subsequently begun to appear in third-party phones, like BlackBerry Priv. Last year we heard that the Priv could just be the start of that expansion, with manufacturers like Huawei reportedly interested in using ...

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    Everybody wants a piece of the Indian smartphone pie. Apple, Samsung, BlackBerry, even Google. And why wouldn’t they, when we’re talking the new second largest global market, with a tremendous growth potential, a population of over 1.2 billion people, and modest 30 percent product penetration? Foreign brands are so eager to conquer the once prohibitive, exotic South Asian territory that many have recently signed up to a Government initiative called “Make in India”, through which they can manufacture gadgets locally and pay lower taxes. Still, domestic vendors like Micromax, Intex ...

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    The arrival of smartphones packing a monstrous 6GB of RAM hasn't been question of “if” but one of “when” for a long time now, and while that's led to no shortage of speculation as to which phone would be the first to cross that milestone, it's been difficult to deny that the day was coming. This week we got what sure looked the first real confirmation of such a model, as Vivo teased the March 1 launch of its Xplay 5, a handset slated to pair a Snapdragon 820 SoC with a full 6GB of RAM. As we wait for that announcement to arrive, a newly published benchmark report appears to add ...

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    This might just be a lucky coincidence for a clueless, little known smartphone manufacturer outside of China, but literally as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge went official in Barcelona, in a different part of the world the Vivo Xplay 5 disclosed its upcoming claim to fame. It all sounds carefully staged to us, especially since nobody expected the GS7 duo or the LG G5 to go beyond the 4GB RAM mark. The myth of the 6 gig memory-packing Xiaomi Mi 5 has pretty much been busted as well, so Vivo should be able to put the pioneer mantle on next Tuesday. Without a doubt, the Xplay 5 will go ...

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