Google IO 2016 Coverage

Xiaomi’s monster-sized Mi Max is official with 6.44-inch Full HD display and a 4,850mAh battery

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Xiaomi teased the Mi Max a few days ago, and now the massive handset is official. Boasting a whopping 6.44-inch display and a Snapdragon 650/652 processor, Xiaomi’s metal bodied Mi Max will be available with a price tag starting from 1499 Yuan ($230), depending which variant you choose. Join us after the break for the rest of the specifications. Read more

Huawei’s Honor 5C is official with 5.2-inch Full HD display and Kirin 650 processor for $139

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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

ZTE trade sanctions temporarily lifted by U.S.

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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

Xiaomi looks to increase production of the Mi 5 after selling through first batch of inventory

Xiaomi_Mi-5 (2)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

Xiaomo claims 14 million people have registered for Mi 5 Flash Sale on March 1st

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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

Lenovo takes the wraps off its K5 Note with all-metal body and MediaTek’s Helio P10 SoC

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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.

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Global launch of Samsung’s Gear S2 Classic begins, available in China first

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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