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  • 6 of the most innovative Chinese smartphones ever made

    Many people tend to think of Apple and Samsung when it comes to innovation in the smartphone industry. But the landscape has changed massively in the past few years, as Chinese manufacturers achieve greater levels of popularity. Sure, there are a few brands that are content to copy existing wares, but many Chinese brands have brought innovative devices to the table. We take a look at six of the most innovative smartphones released by Chinese companies. Oppo N1, N3 - a camera on a rotating swivel 2013's Oppo N1 and 2014's N3 have both been featured on Gearburn before, but how can you not...

  • Here’s how much first phone with under-display scanner will cost

    Vivo shocked the tech world at CES this month when it demonstrated a production smartphone with an under-display fingerprint scanner. The company seemed to catch the big players off-guard when it revealed that the phone, the Vivo X20 Plus UD, would be going on sale this year. And this week has seen the Chinese smartphone brand actually hold an event for the device, confirming a 1 February launch date in its home market. As for the cost of the device? The X20 Plus UD will have a retail price of RMB3598 (equal to US$568 or R6765 as a straight conversion). So pretty...

  • Vivo demos in-display fingerprint scanner at CES 2018

    It's the holy grail of mobile biometric authentication right now, and Chinese brand Vivo seems to have pulled it off first. At CES 2018, the company demonstrated an in-display fingerprint scanner, using a modified X20 Plus smartphone. The in-display fingerprint scanner sits below the glass cover and OLED panel of the smartphone screen, but above the phone's printed circuit board (PCB). "This latest fingerprint scanning technology delivers a whole new mobile experience by enabling users to unlock their smartphone through one-touch fingerprint scanning directly on the smartphone display, while solving the industry's challenge of providing a better and more convenient fingerprint...

  • Watch these 5 smartphone brands in 2018

    2017 was a year for tall screens and itsy bitsy borders, delivering high-end smartphones with a distinctive look compared to years prior. Apple, Samsung, LG and others got on this bandwagon, offering a host of other features as well. But what could we expect from these players next year? We look at a few mobile brands you should be watching in 2018. Apple Let's start with the juggernaut. The company enjoyed both a tick and a tock year, offering the otherwise safe iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (review) devices. But it was the iPhone X that really stood out, serving up that...

  • Chinese top dog Vivo to launch smartphones in Africa

    Vivo and Oppo are two of the most popular smartphone brands in China, going toe to toe with the likes of Huawei, Apple and Xiaomi. Vivo in particular has come from nowhere in the past year or two, quickly gobbling up marketshare thanks to some capable yet affordable phones. Now, the company has confirmed that it'll be conducting a dramatic expansion, targeting the likes of Russia and Hong Kong. "As part of its expansion into more markets, the company will soon bring their products to Taiwan, Singapore and Russia, as their first foray into the European market, followed by a push into the African...

  • Smartphone shipments: Xiaomi grew 52% but still finished sixth

    IHS Markit's smartphone shipment data for Q2 2017 has revealed plenty of growth in the industry, up 7% compared to a year ago. But who were the top performers? Data showed that Samsung, Apple and Huawei occupied the top three positions, growing by 3%, 2% and 20% respectively. Meanwhile, BBK's Oppo and Vivo brands filled out fourth and fifth spots, growing by 39% and 45% respectively. The analytics firm credited Oppo and Vivo's growth to the Chinese market, but the companies have spread to India in recent years. Xiaomi missed out on a top five spot by 0.7 million units, IHS Markit wrote...

  • Smartphone shipments: Samsung steals crown from Apple again

    Apple edged out Samsung in Q4 2016 smartphone shipments, according to statistics by the IDC. But now, the analytics firm's Q1 2017 stats show that Samsung is back on top. According to the IDC, Samsung saw its marketshare jump from 18% in Q4 2016 to 23.3% in Q1 2017 -- no doubt helped by the Galaxy S8 and its 2017 mid-range devices. Meanwhile, Apple, which traditionally enjoys a strong Q4 thanks to iPhone launches, dropped from 18.2% in Q4 to 14% in Q1 2017. Huawei and Vivo also saw slight drops in marketshare from Q4 2016 to Q1 2017. Huawei dropped from...

  • Qualcomm’s new fingerprint scanners can scan through display, underwater

    The story of 2017 was shaping up to be one of under-screen fingerprint scanners. All eyes were on Samsung to deliver the technology first, reducing the need for a dedicated fingerprint scanner space. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be with the Galaxy S8 (review), as the technology proved to be difficult to integrate. Now, Qualcomm has stepped up to the plate, announcing new fingerprint scanners in Shanghai this week. And yes, the chipmaker says it can be integrated into smartphone screens. "Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor for Display is the mobile industry's first commercially announced multi-functional ultrasonic solution capable of scanning through OLED display...

  • 5 Asian mobile brands we’d like to see in SA

    Between Huawei's dominance on the continent and Xiaomi's in-roads via MIA Group, it's clear that Chinese smartphone brands are enjoying unprecedented success in Africa. South Africa has quite a few other Chinese brands too, such as Meizu and OnePlus, as well as a few that seem to be on the wall (ZTE, Oukitel). But there are definitely a few more Chinese and Asian brands in general we'd like to see in the country and on the continent at large. Honor Technically speaking, Honor is a sub-brand of Huawei, treated as an independent entity. Sort of like OnePlus being owned by Oppo but...

  • ‘We beat Apple in China because they didn’t adapt’

    Apple was beaten in China by Oppo and Vivo because they failed to adapt to the market, the founder of the two companies claimed. Duan Yongping, the founder of BBK, which is the parent company of both Oppo and Vivo, told Bloomberg that the Cupertino company didn't adapt to local trends. "Apple couldn't beat us in China because even they have flaws," the founder told the publication. "They're maybe too stubborn sometimes. They made a lot of great things, like their operating system, but we surpass them in other areas." Duan is still a fan of Apple and CEO Tim Cook, however. "I've met...