Six months after the Nokia XL announcement, China Mobile and Nokia are launching the Nokia XL with 4G LTE connectivity in China. Sadly, the 4G LTE edition will not work elsewhere as it supports LTE Bands 38, 39 and 40 (TD-LTE or TD-SCDMA) only.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are now entering a time of unsurpassed phablet craziness and the push for bigger screens on devices as Samsung officially unveils a 7-inch (!!!) phablet in the Galaxy Tab Q. The device is officially under the “Tab” – which ostensibly pertains to tablets – family, but see here, the Galaxy Tab Q is also a phone! The device was launched in China this weekend.
As expected, Xiaomi revealed today its next flagship, the Mi 4 and as expected, the it boasts of the best in class specs, save a few here and there. Proving past rumors and leaks right, this Chinese manufacturer has indeed tried to give the Xiaomi Mi 4 a more premium personality, by utilizing a slightly heavier but definitely sturdier stainless steel material for its body.
Those curious about Xiaomi's next big move need not wait much longer. The Chinese manufacturer will be holding its annual conference on the afternoon of July 22 and the invitation it sent out is clearly giving hints not only of the Xiaomi Mi4 but also of a non-plastic material.
ZTE probably won't float to the top of your list if you try to think of serious contenders in the Chinese smartphone industry, at least from the vantage point of the US where ZTE's products fall more on the budget side. In China, however, ZTE is trying to reclaim lost time and presence by unveiling all the same time the three members of its latest flagship series, the Nubia Z7, the misnamed Nubia Z7 Max, and an even more dubious the Nubia Z7 mini.
With the positive consumer reaction to its current flagship handset the G3, LG is possibly going for a bigger market share with the LG G3 Beat, which looks suspiciously like the G3 Mini that we have been hearing about for some time now. The G3 Beat was shown off in China at this year’s Tianyi Mobile Phone Trade Exhibition, and the spec sheet for the new phone looks like it’s going to be a winner as well.
Scared of having your phone number accidentally spread over the Internet? That may be the least of your worries if GM's new app and system ever takes off. The app, called DiDi plate will let anyone, with the right app of course, take a snapshot of a car's license plate and get the driver's phone number, opening him or her to a world of hurt from unsolicited messages.
In April, Chinese phone manufacturer OPPO put out the Find 7a, the more affordable version of the outfit’s more premium Find 7 smartphone. After teasing us with the Find 7a, OPPO has now made the Find 7 available for pre-order in certain areas, including the US. As always, there will be freebies for the first few who avail of the pre-order.
Lenovo hasn't actually announced it yet, but its next smartphone is all but already revealed. After making a semi-public appearance as the Vibe Z2 Pro, this high-end smartphone is now being displayed at the China Mobile's booth at the Mobile Asia Expo 2014, but bearing the name Lenovo K920 instead.
One cannot accuse OPPO of not trying to be spectacular, from the OPPO N1 that dual boots with CyanogenMod and has a swiveling camera, to the Find 7 that has a QHD display and a camera capable of taking 50 megapixel photos. But while the new OPPO R3 only sports mid-tier hardware, OPPO wants everyone to look at it as the world's thinnest LTE smartphone.