HTC Desire 316 official in China

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HTC-Desire-316The rumored HTC Desire 316 is official. The device appeared on HTC China’s website as the latest addition to the company’s Desire lineup. The 316 is a slightly different version of the Desire 516. The link to the handset’s description actually shows 516, but the description is clearly of the 316.

The new smartphone runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and has a 5-inch qHD (540 x 960) display with a 1,950 mAh battery. It weighs 160 grams, measures 140 x 72 x 9.7 mm, and features a 5MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, and microSD card support. On the back of the device there’s a 1,950 mAh battery.

Source: HTC China
Via: PhoneArena


Pre-orders for the Nokia X have reached one million in just four days in China

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nokia-x-chinaRegardless of the fact that the Nokia X isn’t even for sale yet, that’s not stopping it from being a successful and popular device. Well, at least in China. The device has reached one million pre-orders in just four days. With an expected launch of March 25, the same day the all new HTC One comes out, that number is only going to increase.

Even if we won’t see the device stateside, sometimes it’s easy to forget that we’re not the only market out there. With China holding the biggest smartphone owning pool of people in the world, it would make sense that companies are targeting that neck of the woods. Given its low-end specs, and accompanying price tag, it would also make sense as to why this device is selling quickly.

source: Nokia on Weibo
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World’s thinnest smartphone set for release next week

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The Gionee Elife S5.5 made some noise last month as it earned its spot as the world’s thinnest smartphone, coming in at 5.5 mm.  The device will finally be hitting the market in China on March 18. Other countries have not been announced, but Gionee said that it will be launched in no less than 40 countries.

Expect pricing to be 2,299 yuan in China, or about $374 or €269. Specs are decent for the price, as the phone will feature a 5-inch 1080p full HD display, a 1.7 GHz octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, a 13MP rear shooter, a 5MP front camera, a 2,300 mAh battery and Gionee’s Amigo Android based OS.

Source: UnwiredView

Apple hiring HTC engineers to help product development in Asian markets

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Android handset manufacturers typically don’t only release one flagship device per year, which Sony recently told us all in pretty blunt terms. Sony releases Xperia Z successors pretty quickly, and that’s not counting things like the Xperia Z Ultra. Samsung tick tocks their product launches with a Galaxy S in the early part of the year and a Galaxy  Note towards the end of the year. It’s a fairly common practice now.

However, one company that hasn’t bitten on that concept has been Apple. According to the Wall Street Journal, though, Apple may be looking into a way to launch multiple products per year (we’ve already seen them dabble in it with the launch of the 5C, anyway) to help boost their growth in Asian markets, specifically in China. To accomplish this, Apple has been hiring on tons of engineers in Asian markets, many of them from HTC. Some of these engineers are put to work with supply chain logistics as well as product development. » Read the rest

Dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy S III Neo+ is now official in China

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Samsung has announced the Galaxy S III Neo+, a dual-SIM smartphone for China. We thought too that the next device announcement from the company would be the Galaxy Note 3 Neo. This device, however, is designed very similarly to the Galaxy S III from 2012. Behind its 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display is Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The display has 306 pixels per inch, 720p resolution.

Under the hood is either the Exynos 4 or Snapdragon 400 processor with 2GB of RAM. While the architecture is unknown, we do know that it is a 1.4GHz quad-core processor. In usual Samsung fashion, the 8GB internal memory is joined by a microSD card slot. The dual-SIM feature supports 850/900/1900/2100 MHz WCDMA network bands and 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM.

Source: Samsung
Via: GSMArena

Xiaomi rumored to be working on a $50 smartphone

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While Samsung continues to push forward the high-end smartphone market with the Note 3 and Motorola begins revolutionizing the low-end smartphone market with the Moto G, other companies have plans to join on in the fun as well.

Namely, this includes Xiaomi.

Rumors suggest that the Chinese company is planning to bring extremely affordable smartphones to Japan and maybe even other markets as well. While this most likely doesn’t include western markets, the company is looking to slap a $50 price-tag on these devices.

It’s all pretty unbelievable, but this is still in the rumor stage, so take it with a grain of salt. What are your thoughts on a $50 dollar smartphone?

Source: Android Authority

Meizu targeting 2014 U.S. launch, will showcase devices at CES next month

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In a very brief press release issued this afternoon, Chinese manufacturer Meizu announced that they are targeting their United States launch to be next year. In doing so, they will preview a new line of smartphones at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas.

Why is Meizu entering the United States? Because they feel they can bring together elegance, functionality, and price in a smartphone. For now, we do not know what carriers Meizu plans on working with. We’ll be there to get a hands on experience with whatever Meizu has up its sleeve. » Read the rest

Samsung moving their plants from China to Vietnam

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By 2015, Samsung will no longer have a manufacturing plant in China. Instead, according to Bloomberg, the company is relocating to Vietnam “to secure even lower wages and defend profit margins as growth in sales of high-end handsets slows.” As many of us know, large companies like Samsung manufacturer in countries where wages are low to maintain high margins. The plant, which cost $2 billion to build, will open in February and reach full production in 2015. This new plant will account for 40% of the smartphones in Samsung’s operating profit. China’s higher wages are driving companies away and Vietnam is becoming more cost-effective. » Read the rest

Meizu releases first ever 128 GB smartphone in China

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Meizu is now offering a version of their MX3 smartphone that features an incredible 128 GB of internal storage. This is the world’s first smartphone to ever feature that much space for users, so it’s a pretty impressive feat. Unfortunately, the 128 GB configuration is only available in the TD-SCDMA variant of the device, which means it’s designed specifically for Chinese networks. You can use it in other countries, but you’ll be stuck on 2G GSM, and that’s probably not something you’d be interested in. Still, there’s hope that Meizu will offer that much space in some of the other variants of the MX3 so it can be used internationally.

source: Engadget