The Samsung Galaxy S IV will be announced soon. Thanks to the leak from some Chinese forum, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what to expect. And now before the real official release from the Korean electronic giant, some tech journalist from China just can’t wait for a few more hours, they have to rush for a disassembling of the new phone to see what sort of components build inside. So why some Chinese tech journalist could get an early hands-on and even allow to break down the device ? Thanks to China Unicom again. The Chinese telecoms operator has its own radio version ready in hands, the Galaxy S4 showing here is only supports 3G WCDMA network, no 4G LTE. Judging from the photo, we have a Full HD display, 8 core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera with dedicated imaging chip, light and distance motion sensor, lage capacity battery, etc … Look like the Galaxy S IV will be having a home run again !
Huawei has finally announced their new flagship smartphone, the Huawei Ascend P2. The Ascend P2 should come as no surprise, as it’s a followup device to last year’s Ascend P1, which was announced at CES 2012. The new Chinese handset has been making its rounds on the internet for quite a while, showing up in leaked photos. The P2 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with Huawei’s Emotion UI on top. It features a 4.7-inch, 720p HD display with a 315-pixel density and promises high contrast for outdoor legibility. As for the decision to go with a 720p resolution rather than the Full HD resolution favored by today’s top phones, Huawei defended it with the claim that user eyes can’t identify those extra more pixel. The screen also comes with a feature called “Magic Touch” which allows the user to interact with the phone even with gloves on. In addition, Ascend P2 is the first smartphone in the world that can support LTE Cat-4, meaning you could theoretically get speeds up to 150Mbps …
iPad Mini, in its cellular version will hit China this Friday. The WiFi model has already arrived in China early last month, merely one month after its debut in the States. Last week, Tim Cook visited China and has reported on the release of the product in an interview with local reporters. Now the Chinese are able to buy a cellular iPad Mini if they are preparing a gift for the Chinese New Year. And yes, the Chinese version only support 3G radio, no 4G LTE, as the country has not ready for that kind of super mobile internet speed. It will supports UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), CDMA EV-DO and GSM/EDGE cellular network, and it can only be used on China Telecom and China Unicom only. The cellular version iPad Mini is priced at 3,488 yuan (US$563), 4,288 yuan (US$692) and 5,088 yuan (US$821) for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB respectively. The 4th gen iPad will also provide cellular version, priced at 4,688 yuan (US$756), 5,488 (US$855) and 6,288 (US$1,014).
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.
NVIDIA, the Taiwanese chip maker has revealed the next industry-leading mobile processor the Tegra 4 at CES 2013. This processor works with 72 GPU cores, 4 A15 CPU cores (1.9GHz), and the ability to work with 4G LTE. The first test this processor was put to live on stage was between itself in an unnamed tablet and the Google Nexus 10 – loading webpages on the Tegra 4 is about 46 percent quicker than the Nexus 10. NVIDIA also announced one of the most disruptive products in their history, called Project SHIELD, a portable gaming device that signifies a vertical integration move …
Oppo has already confirmed the U.S. availability of the 5-inch Find 5 phablet over AT&T and T-Mobile networks. It has added a huge list of the other countries as part of the international availability. The Chinese handset maker, also famous for its Blu-ray Disc players, has also confirmed the 32GB edition of the phablet and its price point. 32GB Find 5 will go for $569 (unlocked and contract-free), while the 16GB was already made official for $499. Oppo will made it available in 17 countries included United States, Canada, UK, Japan and Hong Kong. OPPO is planning to launch Find 5 in China sometime in early January. The international launch is expected to be as close to the Chinese launch. So far 4G LTE connectivity hasn’t been confirmed for this handset. We feel that OPPO should also bring their 4-inch OPPO Finder to international market, it look more attractive than the iPhone 5 !
Management team from China Telecom’s has confirmed that the company will offer the upcoming Apple’s iPhone 5 ( or ‘the new iphone’ ? ). Meanwhile, Chinese media has indicated that China Unicom has made preparations to dissolve its partnership with Apple in the future. A source from China Unicom said the company sells the iPhone as part of the service contract, an arrangement that does not allow them to make much of a profit on the device. As part of their agreements with Apple, China Unicom and China Telecom subsidize the cost of the iPhone for consumers in order to gain a greater share of the 3G market. Every single iPhone sold in China with contract, Apple will receives roughly 58 percent of the profits, while Chinese telecom operators only get 1.8 percent …
China Mobile, the country’s largest telecommunications operator, plans a total investment of about 1.2 billion yuan (US$189 million) in Shenzhen to expand 4G TD-LTE network coverages tenfold over last year. The branch company in Shenzhen will construct 3,000 new TD-LTE base stations by the end of this year. Meanwhile, China Mobile opened a free 4G experience roadshow to the general public in Shenzhen’s commercial district with a number of professional instructors to demo the high speed radio network. The activity will last for two weeks …
Mobile phone users in China exceed one billion. But hey, look at them! They may need to wait 2-3 years to use 4G TD-LTE networks in the country. And the new iPad’s 4G LTE connectivity is useless in China!
Our sources within Apple’s main supplier in Shenzhen have just filled us in on some very interesting news. It seems Apple has quite the plan for this year, when it comes to ensuring its domination of the mobile market. The iPhone 5 was a disappointment as we all remember. But we have exact details from our sources how Apple plans to recover and maintain it’s lead. Want to know? Read On!
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