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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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    After many years of constant, impressive growth in overall smartphone demand, the Chinese market hit a big stagnation point in 2015, according to at least two research firms, with new trends favoring domestic manufacturers over the rulers of the Western mobile world. Things got so bad for Samsung in the single biggest market around the globe that the Galaxy failed to make the local top five both in Q4 and as far as the whole year is concerned. Huawei won the October – December gold medal, with 15.2 percent share, followed closely by Xiaomi, Apple, Vivo and OPPO, at 14.8, 13.1, 10 and 9.2 ...

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    You see, titles like world's first, world's fastest, world's lightest, and so on, in the world we're living in, and, especially, in the industry we're covering, only last for a little while. ...until someone else makes a better, faster, lighter device, and then that other manufacturer gets the title. The iPhone 6 is pretty slim by itself, and then we've seen how thin the new Oppo R5 is, but we've already heard that there's a new "world's thinnest" in the works, coming from Vivo. Today, that title belongs to the Vivo X5 Max, just announced. We have no idea who it will belong to tomorrow, or ...

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    Late last month, Oppo announced its latest pair of smartphones, the N3 and the R5. The N3 had been getting the lion's share of our attention leading up to the event, what with its motorized, rotating camera, but the R5 managed to land with at least one notable attribute of its own, a thinner-than-we'd-ever-seen body measuring just 4.85mm thick. Sadly for Oppo, this is an industry that moves quickly, and now we're already checking out a phone that threatens to come in under even the R5's super-thin construction, as Vivo shares some teaser pics of its upcoming X5 Max. Those are a couple of ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Sunday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    Just what use would an iris scanner be on a smartphone? When will 2K displays take over the smartphone world (and why should we care)? How exactly does one spell "Magotes," anyway? If these questions have ever crossed your worried minds -and even if they haven't- the second-to-last episode of the Pocketnow Weekly's 2013 season is right up your twisted alley, friend. But even if you're not interested in such tomfoolery, there's still plenty here to ping your pong. In this episode we talk headline-grabbing rumors like the Galaxy S 5 and wooden Moto X, yes - but we also spend a lot of time ...

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    Click this link to join the hangout! . Topic We've been supporters of new platforms and startups for quite some time, and it is also the case of our friends at Jolla. We've seen them and their new little platform several times throughout 2013, and now we have our own Jolla phone in our review labs so we can dissect it. Would you grab one? The world's first 2K smartphone has been announced by Vivo with the Xplay 3S. 2560 x 1440 resolution is what some of you rock on your 27-inch iMacs or PC monitors, but the Vivo-phone brings that to a six-inch display. Evolution? Gimmick? Useful feature? ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Vivo's new Xplay 3S, and its 2K-resolution display. Meizu follows as the company has just announced that its officially going to launch products in the US. Then we talk about Microsoft and the fact that Xbox Video as finally arrived to Windows Phone 8. Then the news about Microsoft continues as we cover the company's plan for a new CEO. We end today's show talking about the Pebble App Store, and what this could mean to the platform. All this and more after the break. Stories: - This is what a 2K smartphone looks like: Vivo launches Xplay 3S - ...

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    You've known they've been coming; for the past several weeks now a couple OEMs have been teasing their work on smartphones featuring 2K resolution displays. Yesterday we saw Oppo get very official with confirmation of the Find 7's 2K display, and today we take the next step with Vivo, as we see the company launch its own 2K handset, the six-inch Xplay 3S. It's not just the display that's high-end. Beyond that 2560 x 1440 panel, the phone packs a Snapdragon 800, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, some premium audio DAC and amplifier chips, and a 3200mAh battery. Around back, there's not ...

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    You can spend all day talking about how 2K displays won't really make any positive impact on smartphones: how no one's going to be able to notice any quality difference compared to 1080p, how performance and battery life will be inevitable causalities, or how manufacturers are only introducing such components for the sake of saying “look what I have that you don't.” But make no mistake; they're coming. We've heard about a few early contenders for phones that might arrive with displays in the 2560 x 1440 range, and today we start getting launch details on one of them, the Vivo Xplay 3S. ...

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