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  • Dual-camera toting Xiaomi Redmi Pro coming 27 July?

    Chinese juggernaut Xiaomi has announced an event for 27 July, but its latest post on Weibo may have shed more light on the unannounced wares. According to Gizmochina, Xiaomi wrote that one of the reveals will be called the Redmi Pro -- previous rumours had suggested the name Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. However, a Redmi Note 4 makes less sense, especially when the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has been out for just over six months. The name suggests that Xiaomi is looking to offer a device that slots in between the budget Redmi/Redmi Note line and the top-end Xiaomi Mi Note/Mi Note Pro...

  • 1 in 4 smartphones sold in Chinese market from Xiaomi – report

    A new study has found that just over one in four smartphones sold in the Chinese market were from Xiaomi. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun cited Sino's Monthly Market Analysis Report for April, which found that the company was responsible for 26% of all smartphone sales in the country. The Xiaomi bigwig posted the information to his Weibo account, revealing statistics for other companies in the process. How did everyone else fare then? In second place was Huawei's Honor sub-brand, at 15.7%, while Huawei proper was sitting at 8%. The Honor brand generally delivers phones with cheaper prices than Huawei-branded devices, along with an emphasis...

  • Chinese firm LeEco ditches earphone jack for new phones

    The first smartphones from Chinese brand LeEco (then known as LeTV) were rather neat, offering some solid specifications and very familiar hardware designs last year. These phones were also notable as they were the first to feature USB Type-C connections, beating other manufacturers to the punch. Now, the company has taken another first with the launch of three new phones, namely the Le 2, Le 2 Pro and Le Max 2. Where's the audio jack? The Chinese firm has opted to ditch the 3.5mm earphone jack on these new smartphones, so users will need to plug their earphones into the USB Type-C slot instead. In the live-stream for the products'...

  • 5 emerging Chinese smartphone brands you should know

    Huawei has pretty much become a household name across the continent, while Xiaomi is catching up in this department too. There's more to the Chinese smartphone industry than these two companies though. Here are several more mobile manufacturers you should put on your watchlist. Oukitel One of the newer entrants in the market, this fledgling company first attracted attention with its innovative U6 smartphone, featuring a traditional display on the front and an e-ink screen on the back. The company made an even bigger splash last year when it launched the K10 000 smartphone, a hefty brick of a device that broke the Guinness...

  • 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...