Xiaomi to take a shot at processor market with Rifle chip

According to sources in Korea, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi plans to reveal a new initiative to start producing their own mobile device processor chips. A component partner of Xiaomi indicates the processor is named “Rifle” and will be revealed at a company event scheduled to take place in May, likely the launch of the Xiaomi Max and Mi Band 2 on May 10th. The development of an in-house chip by Xiaomi is consistent with a rumor we first heard in late 2015. With the initial launch of a Rifle processor, Xiaomi is believed to be focusing on the budget phone market, so don’t expect to see a Xiaomi chip in any flagship devices any time soon. Read more

The new Moto G could release at an event on June 9


Lenovo’s CEO, Yang Yuanqing, has given us some information regarding the company’s upcoming successor to last year’s Moto G. The handset seems a bit far away still, especially considering the fact we’re yet to see model numbers leak. However, the handset will apparently launch at an event on June 9. “The new product will nothing less than exciting,” that was the only other comment Yuanqing added.

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Next generation of camera sensors from Samsung already in the works


When Samsung released their new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones this year, the manufacturer quickly captured the crown for best smartphone camera from DxOMark. Not to be outdone, the HTC 10 recently matched the feat of scoring a best ever 88 from DxOMark for the unit’s camera. This never-ending quest to offer consumers the best camera in a smartphone certainly drives significant research and development on the part of manufacturers. It should be no surprise then to learn that Samsung is already heavily investing in a new generation of camera sensor to continue to push the boundaries. Read more