Profits almost doubled for ZTE last year

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To consumers in the United States, ZTE is not nearly as recognizable as other hardware manufacturers. The company, though, sits behind Apple, Samsung, and LG as the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the United States. Its performance around the world has improved so much that the company came close to doubling its profits in 2014. So, yes, ZTE is a company that is alive and well in various markets.

ZTE’s profits rose to $423.4 million last year, up from $219 million in 2013. That is an increase of almost 100%. The company has no plans to stop here and accept its current status. Unlike other Chinese manufacturers (such as Xiaomi), ZTE has committed to North America. ZTE already sells devices in the market but plans to expand its recognition by spending more on marketing. Already having ties with the NBA helps, but ZTE really wants people to know its name.

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Mysterious Huawei Honor handset pictures leak

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The Honor series belonging to Huawei apparently has a new device coming as leaked photographs show an unannounced handset. The images obtained by Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru show the device’s back and front. Based on what we see in the leaked images, Huawei is designing an Honor device with a clean and sharp look. The specifications inside suggest something between a mid-range and high-end device. Details have not been provided, but apparently it has a 5-inch display and an octa-core processor based on 64-bit architecture. The cameras are said to be 13MP/5MP and Huawei will include dual-SIM support.

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Developer edition of Sony’s SmartEyeglass now up for sale

sony smartEyeglassSony has announced that they’ll officially begin selling their SmartEyeglass developer edition in four countries for anyone interested in making a purchase. You’ll be able to snag one in Germany, Japan, the US, or the UK, unless you’re in a business customer, in which case it’ll be available to you in Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.
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Huawei’s Kirin 930 SoC uses a modified version of the Cortex-A53 CPU cores

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Huawei recently announced the Kirin 930 SoC, with the MediaPad X2 being the first device to be packing this chipset. Closer analysis of the SoC took everybody by surprise as all eight CPU cores were revealed to be Cortex-A53, while rival manufacturers use four Cortex-A53 cores and four high power Cortex-A57 CPU cores for efficiency and performance respectively.
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New shake-up at HTC as designer Becker announces departure

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HTC’s management team has been shaken again this week as their VP of Industrial Design, Jonah Becker, has announced he is departing from the company. Becker took over from his predecessor Scott Croyle less than a year ago as the lead designer for the company. Those two, along with Claude Zellweger, were principals with One & Co, a design firm that HTC acquired back in 2008. Zellweger will continue to work on connected products for HTC’s line, but a statement from the company says Creative Director Daniel Hundt will be taking over Becker’s role and will focus on the company’s smartphones.
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[Deal] Pre-order the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge from Best Buy and get a FREE wireless charging pad

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Today is pre-order day for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, and there are some great bonus deals to consider. T-Mobile is giving one FREE year of Netflix and Sprint will lease you the phone for FREE.

Up next is Best Buy with another promotion. They will give you a FREE wireless charging pad with your order of the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge. That’s a $59.99 value and will get you started with wireless charging. You can put it on your nightstand, your office, or wherever is convenient.

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Leak: The HTC T1H Tablet features an 8.9-Inch QXGA display and Allwinner CPU

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If HTC were a kitchen utensil, one might think that the Taiwan-based company is a sieve, considering all the recent leaks about its upcoming handsets. On top of the much-leaked HTC One E9(here and here) and One M9 Plus handsets, we now have news about a tablet with the codename HTC T1H that will be launched in China in partnership with China Mobile. We have the image and specifications after the break.
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