Xiaomi takes 3rd place for world’s largest smartphone manufacturer

xiaomi-pageXiaomi has been aggressively selling phones since the company was founded just three years ago, and according to the latest shipment metrics, they’ve finally got something to show for it. The company moved about 19 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2014, which officially makes them the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. That puts it above other large companies like Lenovo and LG.
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Samsung likely to launch A Series in China to compete with mid-range competitors

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The Chinese market favors competitively priced, high-quality smartphones, and for that reason Samsung has been losing ground for a long time. The Korean tech giant is hoping that changes with the launch of the A series (Galaxy A3, A5 and A7), mid-range devices with premium build quality that are rumored to be priced around 500,00 Won ($475). 
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Gionee Elfie S5.1 is one of the thinnest Android devices ever announced

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Ahead of IFA, the Gionee Elfie S5.1 has been announced, and it’s easily one of the most incredibly thin Android devices we’ve ever seen. The phone measures just 5.1 mm in thickness, excluding some bulge around some of the phone’s ports. Still, that’s an impressive feat.

Most importantly, the device still features a 2100 mAh battery, so it’s not going to die in two hours like some other razor thin devices. The S5.1 will be available in a handful of different colors, and China will be the initial launch market for the device.
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Samsung announces reduction in business with supplier involved in child labor

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This summer has not been a good one for Samsung with news about its weakening financial position and relatively lackluster sales of devices. On top of that, the company has been dealing with bad press generated by some of its Chinese suppliers. First there was a report about safety issues at several plants. That was followed by a report from China Labor Watch accusing the Shinyang Electronics factory, a Samsung supplier, of using child labor illegally. In response to that investigation into the Shinyang Electronics plant, Samsung suspended business with the factory pending an investigation. Samsung has now announced that while they will resume business with Shinyang Electronics, but they will reduce orders by approximately 30%.


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LG’s 5.9-inch ‘G3 Stylus’ makes appearance in promotional video, will compete with Samsung’s Note 4

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It looks like LG will soon be introducing a competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4.

In a promotional video by LG for the G3 Beat (the “mini” G3 s for China), a “G3 Stylus” makes a clear appearance at the end. The Stylus supposedly features a 5.9-inch display (and will have a stylus).

The device is also expected for arrival around the same time as the Note 4. We have no clue whether the phone will only be available in China or the rest of the world as well, so we’ll keep you updated on more information regarding the device. Hit the break for the promotional video for the G3 Beat which features the G3 Stylus at the end.


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