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.
Since Google split off as a subsidiary of Alphabet, Larry Page took over as CEO of Alphabet and handed the reigns of Google to Sundar Pichai. This means that while Page is still technically higher up the ladder than Pichai, he’s not making any decisions about Google’s business moves going forward, especially over how the company is handling their operations in China. Read more
Huawei just took the wraps off its latest smartphone in the Honor Play lineup in China. The 5X is available in two gorgeous colorways — Silver and Sunset Gold. The handset will set you back 1399 Yuan ($220) for the 3GB of RAM model and 999 Yuan ($157) for the 2GB of RAM variant.
The rise of China as a major market for smartphone manufacturers is well-known and is helping lead to a shift to Chinese manufacturers rising to the top of the hill when it comes to market share on a global basis. Despite the huge market opportunity in China, manufacturers still want to expand into other global markets, including mature markets like the U.S. or several European markets like the U.K. Chinese manufacturer ZTE will get a boost in their efforts based on a move by Chinese president Xi Jinping who is planning to promote Chines products during visits with British officials by gifting them with ZTE Axon smartphones. Read more
Xiaomi has just announced its third-generation smart television, the Mi TV 3; a 60-inch monster with 4K resolution that brings some interesting features, including the separation of its smart functions from the main body of the TV. Join us after the break for more pictures and the rundown on its specifications.
Some manufacturers follow the strategy of slimming down the handset’s battery to make the device as thin as possible, often, seemingly, to the detriment of the user experience. Lenovo is bucking that trend, though, with its Vibe P1 and Vibe P1m handsets sporting batteries with capacities of 5,000mAh and 4,000mAh respectively. According to a media invite sent out earlier, Lenovo is launching both handsets in India on October 21st.
A new report out of China says the Ministry of Industry and Commerce has opened an investigation into whether Xiaomi illegally used the term “best” in advertising on its web site in violation of a new advertising law. The new law went into effect on September 1st and includes prohibitions on all sorts of advertising activity, including the use of superlatives like the word “best” in advertisements. Companies that are found to be in violation may face penalties starting at $31,000 USD. Read more