If you weren’t entirely impressed with HTC’s M9 today, there’s always a chance that the bigger sized version of the device will change things up a bit. According to @upleaks, HTC will announce the Hima Ultra at a Chinese press conference later this year when they announce the M9 for that particular market. Unfortunately, that means the supposedly bigger sized version of the device will be exclusive to Chinese markets, at least at first.
There isn’t much info on what the Hima Ultra will be, but it’s a pretty safe bet it’ll stick to the same mold HTC is using for the new HTC One. We’ll keep you updated as more information surfaces.
Last month as part of an announcement regarding several mid-range smartphones for the Indian market, Samsung officially unveiled the Samsung Galaxy E7 smartphone. Today Samsung announced they would be making the device available in China.
Back in December, Lenovo announced its latest mid-range smartphone, the P70, and, earlier today, the company launched the long-awaited handset in China with a 1399 yuan ($224) asking price.
Qualcomm is nearing the end of talks with the Chinese government over antitrust issues and is looking to cough up around $1 billion as soon as Monday.
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has reportedly scheduled an event for the 12th of February in San Francisco, California. Considering that the company usually doesn’t hold any events in the U.S., this has gotten us thinking about the company’s potential plan to expand into the highly competitive American mobile segment.
In case anyone is wondering why so many smartphone manufacturers are trying to figure out how to get into the smartphone market in China, the Moto X 2014 may provide a good example. Although the device has been available for several months around the globe, Motorola is only now bringing it to China. Last Tuesday, January 27th, the company began to accept pre-orders for the Moto X 2014 and as of February 1st, over 1 million pre-orders had already been received.
This response is not entirely unprecedented in the Chinese market where we see local manufacturers routinely sell out of stock sometimes in mere seconds. For Motorola to come in with a relatively old device and put up numbers like this is a good sign that there may be some hope for the larger, more established market players to challenge some of China’s hot upstart companies like Xiaomi.
via: G for Games
Ouya, the game-console maker made famous by its kickstarter campaign, has recently received $10 million from online shopping titan Alibaba. There have been discussions about incorporating Ouya’s software and 1,000 game library into Alibaba’s set-top box.
The primary location where Ouya can flourish is in China, which is poised to be the next battleground for video game competition now that the 15 year-long ban on videogame consoles has been lifted. Although Ouya seemed to be off to a great start in 2012 with an explosion of funding, the results are less than expected, mostly due to the powerful hold on the market that Sony and Microsoft have and the recent emergence of the Nexus Player and Fire TV, which both allow for similar cheap gaming. However, a struggling company and a burgeoning market can be perfect for each other if there is a way for them to connect. Enter Alibaba. If there is any place that Alibaba knows, it’s China. Alibaba can be extremely helpful to Ouya as it tries to move into China’s market.
Ouya is no stranger to deals with other companies, and has also been working out some mutually beneficial agreements with Xiaomi as well.
Meizu has officially unveiled the Meizu Blue Charm otherwise known as the Meizu M1 in China. This is the company’s answer to Xiaomi’s ultra low cost smartphones that have dominated the Asian markets for quite a while now. Meizu also announced the Blue Charm Note smartphone about a month ago in China.
Chinese manufacturer Oppo has just taken the wraps off the U3 smartphone in its home region of China. The smartphone packs a relatively large display and a decent set of hardware underneath.
Xiaomi has an event slated for January 15th where we’re expecting a handful of new devices to be announced, but according to a recent Chinese certification, Xiaomi might be launching a Chromecast competitor device, too.