First spotted at China’s TENAA certification body a couple of weeks ago, the Honor 5C has been officially unveiled at an event in China. Honor is Huawei’s budget-minded sub-brand and most recently launched the reasonably priced 5X (reviewed here). Replacing the 4C, the Honor 5C offers a 5.2-inch Full HD display, 13MP rear camera, and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow for 899 Yuan ($139). Read more
After seeing itself slapped with restrictions on being able to buy components produced in the U.S., ZTE has earned a bit of a reprieve as the U.S. Commerce Department has announced they are temporarily lifting the sanctions that were put in place earlier this month. The Commerce Department indicates the move comes in response to ZTE’s cooperation with the U.S. government in dealing with the original trade issue, although Commerce reserves the right to re-institute the restrictions at a later time if deemed necessary. Read more
With new restrictions on exports to China’s ZTE by U.S. companies set to go into effect tomorrow, the Chinese government is expressing their anger at the move by the Commerce Department. A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry stated, “China is opposed to the U.S. citing domestic laws to place sanctions on Chinese enterprises.” Read more
Xiaomi is known for very quickly selling through their allotted inventory on phones, and the Mi 5 is no exception. The company prepared millions of units for the 16 million registered buyers, but sold through the stock within minutes of the Mi 5 going on sale. Estimates say that could’ve been up to 4 million, but regardless of the number, there were still plenty of disappointed customers that walked away without a phone. Read more
Xiaomi took the wraps off of its latest flagship, the Mi 5, in Barcelona at MWC 2016 last week, and I think it’s fair to say that the Chinese handset maker blew everyone away with the design, pricing and specifications of the device. The highest spec variant, with its 3D ceramic body, will launch initially in China, and it would seem that Xiaomi’s new handset has been well received in the company’s home territory. Read more
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.