Two months ago, Chinese famous DVD player maker BBK announced Vivo X1, a 6.55mm thin smartphone that took over OPPO Finder as the world’s thinnest smartphone. Today, here is a chance for you to look at the world’s thinnest smartphone meet the thinnest iPhone, and how Vivo X1 rips off iPhone 5’s two-tone back cover.
It has been announced for almost a month already, and it is ZTE’s new showstopper. It boasts some impressive specs: a beautiful 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5Ghz quad-core processor and a 13mp rear shooter using Konica Minolta optics. Its aluminum chassis is merely 7.6mm thick, which is extremely thin comparing to the other 5-inch smartphones. However, the downside is it’s not as cheap as like other handsets from Chinese manufacturers. It will set you back 3,456 yuan (US$550) for the aluminum model and 7,890 yuan (US$1,260) for the titanium version. If the price tag did not bother you, then you would have to wait until ZTE launches the device outside China. The time frame is not confirmed yet, but ZTE promised it’ll release sometimes in the first quarter of 2013 and the international version will have support for 4G LTE network. We have a photo gallery of the Nubia Z5 aluminum model to show you after the break.
ASUS has just announced that it has launched the MeMO Pad, a 7-inch Android tablet priced aggressively at US$149 in the U.S market. MeMO Pad runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and offers full-support for Google Play and the Android eco-system, unlike competing affordable tablets from Amazon. The device is powered by VIA processor (single-core ARM Cortex-A9) running at 1GHz, which is supplemented by a Mali-400 graphics processor. The touch screen display has a resolution of 1024×600, which is a standard specification for budget tablet. 1GB of RAM, better than the recently announced Acer Iconia B1-A71. Storage-wise, there are 8GB of internal storage, ASUS has also included a microSD slot (32GB max), so it fares better than the Nexus 7 in that regards …
Heads up, people! The concept shots of the 3rd generation Xiaomi phone are here, showing it’ll have an edge-to-edge huge display and a fancy glowing LED Xiaomi’s logo at the back cover. Alongside a bundle of concept shots, recent rumors said it’ll pack a 5-inch 1080 display with a crazy pixel density of 490ppi, NVIDIA newly launched Tegra 4 chip that clocked in between 1.8GHz and 2.0GHz, 3GB of RAM, 12MP camera, LTE connectivity and Android 5.0. Moreover, the build quality will be improved by using an aluminium chassis. If that’s what it will turn out, can Xiaomi keep its pricing as low as 1,999 yuan (US$322)? Photos after the break.
Here it comes, the OPPO Find 5! The successor of OPPO Find 3 and it’s an Android behemoth with 5-inch 1080p display. The screen looks sharp and bright with 441ppi, the chassis is beautifully made. Under the hood, it packs a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip with 2GB of RAM, which is more than powerful enough to run its Android 4.1.2 Jelly smoothly. Other specs include a 13MP built-in camera that supports 120 fps slow motion 480p video recording, a hefty 2,500mAh battery and also comes with NFC capacity. One important thing is, you will be able to buy it oversea sometimes in February, starting at $499 for the 16GB model. So, have a look at our unboxing and hands-on photo gallery after the break!
This is exhilarating! Xiaomi Mi-Two, the China’s smartphone rising star, makes an appearance at the world’s largest electronic show. Demand for Xiaomi Mi-Two is superficially huge in China, and supply was said to have encountered difficulty due to extreme demand for Qualcomm’s 28-nm chips. Although Xiaomi has yet to fulfill the Chinese market, the company seems to have turned on its radar in the west at this year Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, and there’s no doubt it’s in the pipeline. Previously, Xiaomi is also linked to rumor of bringing its phone to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.
Update: Thanks to Qualcomm, OPPO Find 5 also presents at the show along with Xiaomi Mi-Two and other Qualcomm-powered smartphones at Qualcomm’s booth.
RockChip, the popular Chinese chip manufacturer, has just showcased their new quad-core chip, the RockChip RK3188 at CES 2013. It is based on ARM Cortex-A9 architecture and is built on 28nm process that would offer less power consumption and better performance. It also has 533MHz Mali-400 MP4 GPU with OpenGL and OpenVG support for gaming. The new chip is aimed to mid range tablets and it will support 2048 x 1536 high resolution displays (retina grade), and 1080p 60 fps multi-format video decoder. There are no details when the chip would be available, but we could expect to get the first tablet device in the market by the next couple of months. In the mean time, a decent 10-inch quad-core Chinese tablet powered by Samsung Exynos 4412 processor will cost 1300 yuan (US$208) in China.
MIUI, the Chinese aftermarket firmware for smartphone based on Android OS, have managed to reach an impressive milestone. The company Xiaomi Tech now have more than 10 million MIUI users around the world. MIUI itself is closed source. It features a heavily-modified user interface that does away with the Android app drawer and has drawn comparisons with Apple’s iOS. The custom ROM includes additional functionality not found in stock Android, especially the customizable themes. Not everyone is into flashing ROM’s and all that hack-foolery. So last year, the company introduced MiHome launcher for casual user. Click in to watch an intro video if you’re interested to find out more on the most enthusiastic custom ROM from China.
Samsung’s reign at the top of the smartphone-tablet hybrid market could end this year, as many major manufacturers are expected to release their own big-screen mobile devices to challenge the Galaxy Note 2’s supremacy. Lenovo has just announced the K900 smartphone/tablet hybrid over at CES. The new phablet comes with a 1080p, 5.5-inch screen and powered by Intel Atom processor. Like the Galaxy Note 2, the K900 has a big 5.5-inch touchscreen, however instead of a 720p resolution, Lenovo claims it’s the first in the world to bestow such a display with 1920 × 1080 pixels; providing a 1080p resolution and a pixel density of more than 400ppi. A version of Google Android is installed, which is the latest 4.2 Jelly Bean …
Remember ZTE unveiled Nubia Z5 during last Christmas? As it turns out, this ZTE Grand S at CES seems to be the U.S. version of it, although both specs are not exactly the same. ZTE Grand S features 5-inch 1080p display with 440ppi, 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage (with a microSD card slot). As a 5-inch device, it’s just 6.9mm at its thinnest point, the company also labelled it as the “World’s Thinnest”. But apparently, that isn’t true, not even the thinnest one can be seen at CES, as Lenovo also revealed K900 with slim 6.9mm profile. The only special thing that we found on Grand is the 4G LTE, and it seems like it’s the first 5-inch smartphone from China that announced with 4G LTE connectivity at CES this year. More info after the break.
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