Shenzhen, the city where most Apple products and Apple knockoffs originate is finally to get its own Apple store. The grand opening of the Shenzhen Apple Store will open its doors at 9 a.m. local time on the upcoming Saturday. And today, Apple presents us the first preview of their 7th Apple Store in China. It is located in the underground floor of the shopping plaza, and it won’t have Steve Jobs’ glass staircase. The store will have two entrances, one links to the “Yitian Holiday Plaza” and one connects to Holiday Square outside of the shopping mall. A total of 250 employees will work at this store, which includes some graduates and experts, and they all are able to speak six languages. More photos and info after the break.
We have seen numerous cases of Chinese build their own autobots out of scraps and waste materials. Most of them cloned the look of the character in Transformers including Megatron, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Cybertron. But until now, we have never seen one that can actually transform like those in the film. And finally, we have got one here. A Chinese dude and his father spent 70,000 yuan (US$11,290) and six months of efforts to build an autobot that can transform and move! It is 4.8mm tall when it stands up. There’re a big screen sits in its stomach. In the meanwhile, it’s still an electric car that can travel with a speed of up to 15 km/hr. Although the look of The maker of it said he is hoping to build a Transformer theme park in China as well. Video after the break.
What would you do if you drop something into the sewer? This 21-year-old woman in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, lifted the sewer grate and crouched down inside to retrieve her feature phone’s case. The phone’s case fell out of her pocket and fell into the sewer when she was waiting for the bus to work in the morning. Fire-fighters took 20 minutes to pull her out of the sewer and sent her to the hospital. This poor lady said she has been thinking to buy a new phone, but the internship at hospital earning no income and she mainly relies on her family. Probably that’s why she decided to do such embarrassing thing. Video after the break.
Apple’s major supplier Foxconn has been publicly criticized over concerns about its dismal labour practices. The latest scandal pointed out Foxconn has harshly notified an ex-worker, who had half of his brain surgically removed after a factory accident a year ago, to get out of the current hospital in Shenzhen city. This is the most recent case that throws a harsh new spotlight on labor rights in China. Full story after the break.
Here’s a good news for all consumers. ZTE just launched the cheapest quad-core phone named ZTE U950. It packs a 1.3GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor pairs with 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory, a 5.0 MP rear shooter (support 1080p video recording), a 0.3 megapixel front-facing cam, a 2,000 mAh battery and Android 4.0 ICS. But the down side is, it only comes with a 4.3-inch display with 800×480 resolution. Check out more info after the break.
Huawei held a launch event in Beijing this afternoon. And sadly, there isn’t a 6.1-inch giant phone to be found. But the good news is, Huawei Honor II has been announced. Honor II is a 4.5-inch quad-core phone with an amazingly low price tag at 1,888 yuan ($305). We’re totally stunned! It’s even cheaper than Xiaomi’s quad-core phone. Check out the launch event and a review of Huawei Honor II after the break.
Apple has confirmed its new Apple Store in Shenzhen will open this Saturday at 9 am. The new Shenzhen Apple store is the 7th Apple store in the country, and it will be located in Yitian Holiday Plaza at Nanshan district of Shenzhen. The upcoming Apple store in Shenzhen means very much to Apple and scalpers because it’s the city where counterfeits and iProducts were assembled, and it is also the main point of entry for grey market products into China. With an official Apple store in the city, grey market resellers would have a difficult time selling their products, since Apple now have both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen side of the border ‘covered’.
Just like the iPad Mini, the next generation Meizu MX will have a thinner border on the left and right side, measured at merely 2.2mm. But according to MeizuMe, the actual device will have an even thinner frame. Allegedly, Meizu MX II will feature 4.4-inch Sharp IGZO display. The good thing about Sharp’s IGZO technology is it allows less power consumption for high-res displays and higher sensitivity on touchscreens, with far less noise to contend with. It seems very likely that Meizu MX II’s display will have 1920×1080 resolution or higher.
Pre-orders for the iPad mini went live at 3 in the afternoon and they seemingly went like hotcakes. Just within two minutes, all the iPad mini’s pre-orders were sold out on Apple Online Store in Hong Kong. How is this suppose to sell out within just a few minutes? It is unreasonable. Hong Kong seems to be a special case while Apple is still accepting pre-orders in other countries. What happen with Hong Kong Apple online store?
Update: Hong Kong is the latest region that Apple starts accepting pre-orders of iPad Mini. Pre-order an iPad mini here.
Microsoft Surface’s launch event was held at 00:00 yesterday night, which might have caused too much noise and affected surrounding neighbors. A Chinese granny and a grandpa were extremely unhappy with the event, because the noise was disturbing their grandchildren to go to sleep. They went up to the stage while dancer dancing and pulled away by the security guards. Other than this, we’re also going to show you the Surface’s launch event in China. Everything else after the break!
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