Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 2 comes with a MediaTek Helio X10 SoC and 5.5-Inch FHD display for just $125

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While Samsung prepares to announce the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus later today, Xiaomi has announced a new device of its own, the Redmi Note 2. Notable features include a camera with a focus speed of just a tenth of a second and MediaTek’s new Helio X10 SoC. Join us after the break for all the specifications and more images.

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Mid-range HTC Desire 728 leaks in photos, shows off dual front facing speakers

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HTC’s upcoming budget-friendly Desire 728 has leaked in photos showing pretty much every look and angle of the device. It’s fairly in line with HTC’s mid-range lineup, including the plastic body and dual front facing speakers. The bezels on the device are a little smaller than what we’re used to seeing, though, even though it does have those signature BoomSound speakers, so maybe HTC is trying to figure out a way to include great sound without making a device too tall and unwieldy. Other than that, though, the Desire 728 looks like a solid phone, just without anything particularly exciting about the design. Read more

China’s Huawei is on track to ship 100 million smartphones in 2015 according to leaked memo

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Huawei is certainly in the news a lot recently; from receiving a green light to manufacture and sell handsets in India, to allegedly producing a Nexus handset for Google as well as receiving more than 9 million pre-orders for its Honor 7 smartphone in China. Today we have news from Reuters that Huawei’s streak of good news is continuing with the report that it is ahead of schedule in meeting its shipping targets for 2015.

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ZTE sold 26 million smartphones in the first half of 2015

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ZTE is a Chinese handset manufacturer that you’ve probably been reading about more and more in the news, from its recent launch of its Android-powered Spro 2 mobile hotspot/mobile projector on Verizon to the Axon smartphone that it will produce for US customers. In case you were wondering just how big ZTE is, the Chinese company has just announced it has sold over 46 million smartphones, tablets and smart home products in the first half of 2015.  Read more