Chinese manufacturer Vivo has just outed the Xplay3S, bearing all the bells and whistles of a high-end phablet. Unfortunately, the US may never know whether what sounds utterly delectable on paper will perform just as well in the real world.
China Mobile, the largest carrier in the region, has flipped the switch on their 4G network. The update brings speedy connectivity for the 760 million-plus using the network, and a very attractive reason to move for those on others. Though many are anticipating the release of one smartphone in particular, their current lineup is primed to take advantage of LTE speeds.
Once cannot claim that Vivo isn't trying its best to be creative. Instead of the usual text and photo content, the Chinese manufacturer went the extra mile and slapped on a bit of augmented reality (AR) into their event invitation for the unveiling of the Vivo Xplay 3S.
Qualcomm has officially announced the Snapdragon 410, ushering in the era of incorporated 4G LTE chipsets. This also takes a page from the Apple playbook, offering 64-bit technology and a snappy GPU. Interestingly, Qualcomm also notes that their 4G LTE will be a world phone, and points to China as a market prime for expansion.
It seems that the straw did finally break the camel's back and Huawei is now practically calling it quits in the US. This is the result of the rather hostile attitude the US government has shown the Chinese manufacturer based on allegations of spying for the Chinese government.
Xiaomi has been pushing devices in flash sales lately. Details of these sales have been popping up from time to time and it looks like word of another has arrived. This latest had Xiaomi selling 150,000 of the Mi3 smartphone in just under 10 minutes time. While those numbers are comparable to what we have seen from other sales, there was an interesting twist this time around.
The rumor mill is steaming up for Huawei's next big splash in the Android smartphone scene. Whether this device, with the codename G750, is the previously reported Huawei Glory/Honor 4 or not, both have two things in common: an eight-core processor from MediaTek and a slightly disappointing spec sheet.
China, considered one of the worldwide markets ready for massive growth, might have more mobile users than imagined. According to research from Baidu, 270 million Chinese use Android daily. That’s up from around 50 million two years ago.
Coolpad is a Chinese company that has been, like its kin, churning out smartphones like crazy. Last September, it unveiled a somewhat unique Tegra 4-powered Magview smartphone and a companion cWatch C1 waterproof smartwatch. Now it wants to venture into the US market with its Coolpad Flo, a rather nondescript budget phone and the company's first 3G smartphone for its new target market.
Chinese device manufacturers might not have a reputation for originality, justified or not, but there is no denying that their crazy ideas sometimes hit the mark. Like the Meizu MX3, for example, which is possibly the world's first smartphone to sport a large 128 GB internal storage.