Xiaomi regains top smartphone position in China; Huawei a close 2nd 

The Chinese smartphone market is truly a different animal from almost the rest of the world as their local OEMs dominate both sales and shipments. According to figures by Canalys, Xiaomi has regained the top ranking, taking over from Apple which was first the previous quarter. In fact, one of three phones shipped in China were either from Huwaei or from Xiaomi, which is now in second place. Apple falls to 3rd, while Samsung and Vivo round up the top five.

OnePlus’ Carl Pei confirms another smartphone coming this year

OnePlus just recently released their second ever smartphone, the OnePlus 2, and while not everyone is completely happy with it, we have to admit that marketing-wise, this relatively new brand has been doing a pretty good job of creating noise for its two products. In a new interview with USA Today, co-founder Carl Pei revealed that this will soon be three products, as they are planning to release another one later this year, and this time, it might be a mid-range device.

New Huawei Honor phone visits TENAA

A new Huawei Honor is coming although it has remained a mystery until some new device was sighted at TENAA getting several approvals. This only means one thing: a new Honor smartphone will soon be announced and made available not only for China but also for other emerging markets.

Rumored HTC Desire 828w gets TENAA certification in China

While there is still no official announcement from HTC regarding the existence of a variation of their HTC Desire 828, the fact that the Desire 828w has received a TENAA certification in China may have sealed the deal in our heads. Of course this doesn’t make it 100% sure, but at least we know that HTC seems to be on its way to strengthening their midrange line of smartphones that can compete with the more popular brands in the region like Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei.

YotaPhone 2 not coming to America, makers cite manufacturing issues

Despite a pretty successful crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo, the makers of the YotaPhone 2 have decided that the device will unfortunately not be coming to North American markets. The device makers have cited "unforeseen delays including both production and delivery of the North American variant of YotaPhone 2 from our manufacturer" as the main reason for why the device will not be marketed in the US.

Camera technology progress: Moto G 3rd Gen vs. Moto G 1st Gen

For a consumer, it’s easier to judge the perceived quality of a smartphone’s camera by just counting megapixels – and theoretically, number of pixels do matter. But allow us to show you how fast a piece of technology progresses in the smartphone business, in just a span of a couple of years what image processing research can do, and what this progress looks like. We bring you a camera test of Motorola's new Moto G (3rd gen) versus the original Moto G (1st gen).

ZTE Axon now available thru Amazon, Newegg, eBay, as promised

It looks like ZTE made good on their word that their cost-friendly flagship smartphone beater – the ZTE Axon – would be available in the US market by August 1, as the phone is now indeed available not just via ZTE’s online store, but also via Amazon, Newegg and eBay. The ZTE Axon is interesting because it puts together a pretty robust and leading edge list of specs, while keeping the price below USD$500.

Dutch online retailer lists upcoming Galaxy S5 Neo for pre-order

There has been no official announcement from Samsung about this new product, but apparently a Dutch online retailer now has a Galaxy S5 Neo listed on its site, with pre-orders starting and delivery expected by the end of the month. Lending credence to the validity of this listing is the fact that three of the Netherlands’ leading carriers are also listed as offering plans for this new smartphone, a variant of the OEM’s 2014 flagship, the Galaxy S5.
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