The Motorola brand might be being phased out over time, but the Lenovo brand is very much alive, with the Chinese electronics company having unveiled the K4 Note at CES just a few short weeks ago, and the K5 Note earlier today. Yes, you read that right, Lenovo has already released a follow-up model to the K4. Unlike the K4 Note that is China-bound, the K5 Note is aimed squarely at the Chinese market, and features an all metal design and mostly updated hardware.
Samsung first unveiled the Classic New Edition of its Gear S2 smart watch back at CES a couple of weeks ago, and today marks the beginning of its roll-out globally. China is the first country to be graced with the devices’ presence. The Gear S2 Classic New Edition models feature high-end materials and unique finishes, making for a premium experience. Read more
Xiaomi’s newly announced Redmi 3 is one of the best smartphones in the $100 category, offering an extremely premium metal design and some pretty decent hardware behind it. Xiaomi is known for affordable devices, but this one really takes the crown of the budget segment, at least in China. Read more
Earlier today, Samsung announced that it has teamed up with China’s only domestic bank card organization, UnionPay, to launch its NFC-based contactless payment service, entitled Samsung Pay, in the region in January, 2016.
With 2015 nearing the end, predictions for the 2016 year have begun. Unlike years past, IDC is predicting a global slowdown in the growth of smartphone shipments.
As expected, Amazon has now launched its latest Fire tablet in China. The slate carries a price tag of RMB 499 ($78) and comes with complimentary 3-day shipping included — so if you order today, the device should be with you by Monday, December 7.
The Huawei Mate 8 has been the subject of quite a few leaks in recent weeks, from renders to benchmarking sites, and now it is finally official. Huawei launched the Mate 8 earlier today, unveiling a 6-inch handset made of aerospace-grade aluminium with a unibody design. Join us after the break for the rundown on its specifications. Read more
Samsung Pay launched in South Korea and the US earlier this year, and it’s been going great guns, already notching up more than 1 million users in Samsung’s home market. Besides the possibility of becoming available for more brands in the future, it seems that Samsung has its eyes on expanding its mobile payments system to other regions as well. Read more
Google stepped out of the Chinese mobile market years ago, and since 2010 China has seen a ton of growth for many other manufacturers which puts Google in a sticky situation and six years behind some of its competition. However, the Chinese market is too big to ignore and we’ll likely see Google push its mobile app store back into the country sooner rather than later.
A mobile analytics firm measured how much of the market some of China’s most popular app stores currently hold, and Google’s own Play Store sits at number 10 with barely 3.5% penetration rate. Compare that to Tencent’s 18% penetration rate for its own app store, and even rates from competitors like Oppo, Huawei, and Xiaomi, and Google would have a long road ahead to get things back in full swing. Read more
HTC is now taking pre-orders for its latest budget friendly, mid-range smartphone, the Desire 828, in China. The dual-SIM handset is available to purchase in Gray and White colorways, and carries a price tag of ￥1,599, which equates to about $255.