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All posts tagged "China"

  • Xbox One sees China launch September 2014

    It’s official. China’s getting the Xbox One from September care of a Microsoft and BesTV partnership. As Xbox says, this is an historical moment and the Xbox One will become one of the first consoles to be legally sold in China as the country lifts its 14-year ban on all console sales. China makes up 20% of the world’s population, making it a stellar market for Xbox One to break in to. In 2000, China banned all gaming consoles citing that young people’s mental health would be damaged. ‘They love gaming’ China is gaming’s untapped market and has missed out on...

  • Wearable tech holds no interest for China’s hardware pirates

    Truth is stranger than fiction. China’s piracy industry has no interest in creating knock-off wearable tech such as the Galaxy Gear or the Pebble, reports CNN. In a lengthy report from CNN, local sellers in China were queried, saying that “There are no copies for sale. Only originals,” and “maybe we’ll have fakes in a few months. I don’t know, interest is low.” Digging even further, stores that stock piracted software and hardware said that they hadn’t even seen these devices out in the wild. “You won’t find any copies of the smartwatch here. I’ve never seen or heard of...

  • Xbox possibly headed into China’s piracy-stricken market

    Microsoft, creators of the Xbox 360 and upcoming Xbox One, are over the whole “China is a pirates haven” crap and as such. The software company has formed a joint venture with Shanghai-based media conglomerate BesTV. According to a Polygon report, Microsoft and BesTV want to create the “Bestpad”, a console based on the Xbox architecture. A note posted on the Shanghai stock exchange said that there’s already been an initial investment of US$237-million. BesTV is one of China’s largest media companies and produces smart TVs (and has sold 10-million of the suckers), mobile content, networked TV boxes, streaming video and...

  • Oppo N1 image leaked, has fancy ‘rear touchpanel’

    Chinese company Oppo is working on a smartphone that has a touch panel on its back. The company claims that users will be able to scroll, double-click and long press with the backside touch feature of the upcoming Oppo N1. With a trackpad at the back, you’re enabled to “swipe through pages (or change songs), activate and control the camera or bind the actions to other apps as you see fit,” says Engadget. The aim of this is to avoid what is referred to as “thumb fatigue.” You know, sharing the load. By cutting out simple repetitive gesture swipes like scrolling...

  • iPhone 5C, 5S may land in China two months after US launch

    China may only see Apple’s latest iPhones, the 5C and 5S, a full two months after the rumoured 10 September US launch date. Yicia said that the launch date for China is 28 September. This rumour comes from a financial analyst who says that the reason for the iPhone 5C and 5S’ late launch date in China is due to a verification process which must be completed by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. One the phones pass verification, both phones will be legally sound to sell in China. The report (translated) also lists the prices as 5 599 (US$914) and...

  • Nokia’s new budget Lumia 625 spotted in China with biggest screen yet

    Nokia’s apparently set to release a budget Lumia device to solidify its operations in China — a market that’s proving increasingly tricky for the Finnish phone manufacturing giant. This Lumia 625, ranked as a mid-range 4.7-inch smartphone, is expected to go for about US$325. The Lumia 625 has, like all wireless devices in China, gone through certification at the radio communication device regulator TENAA’s website. As The Next Web reports, the Lumia 625 will be officially launched later this month. It’s believed that this lower-end Windows 8 phone will have a 4.7-inch WVGA screen powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon...

  • ZTE Geek rocks Tegra 4 CPU

    Nvidia’s Tegra 4 mobile CPU is primed to be one of those technologies that closes the gap between desktop and portable devices, thanks to its beefy specifications.  ZTE’s upcoming smartphone, the Geek U988S has the honour of being the worlds first commercially available Tegra 4 device, when ZTE chooses to disclose its release date, of course. Leaky Chinese gadget site, Tenaa digs up the full specs of this potentially groundbreaking smartphone from the infinitely growing  rumour barrel. The ZTE Geek is jam-packed with goodness, but let’s begin with the CPU, which is a 1.8Ghz quad-core monster which carries a full 2GB...

  • China is considering revoking its ban on gaming consoles [report]

    My gaming fanatic colleague Charlie just sent me an email at midnight in his timezone (he’s in the US), so either it’s a drunken missive or it’s big news. Turns out it’s the latter: Chinese government sources have told the China Daily that “authorities are reviewing a decade-long ban on game consoles and considering the possibility of opening up the country’s video game hardware market.” Banned since 2000 on the grounds of “the potential harm” to children, gaming consoles like the PS3, PSP, Wii, and XBox have nonetheless long been available in China via the so-called gray import market (along with a...

  • ZTE’s U956 phablet exposed

    Pictures of a possible bang-for-your-buck phablet from ZTE, called the U956, has been leaked on Sina Weibo. If an illustrious smartphone is not in your price range, this could be the more affordable option. It is not yet confirmed, but rumour has it that the device would sell for around US$240 when released. According to certain reports, the smartphone will pack a lot of the features that most of its well-known counterparts have....

  • Nokia Lumia 920T ‘confirmed’ by Chinese Mobile

    Nokia seems to have stepped into the fray of rumours, with a newly modified Nokia Lumia 920T, designed to work on China Mobile’s (CM) 3G and upcoming 4G network, being “leaked out“. As quickly as the rumour started it was stifled by the network. Chinese bloggers did however catch on to it. The rumour apparently stated that the device would have a 4.5-inch 1280×768 screen and a Snapdragon quad-core 1.5GHz processor, similar to the US version 920. But the big difference will be support for TD-SCDMA, an air interface found in UMTS mobile telecommunications networks in China, and TD-LTE, the...