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 !
A hands-on video of Samsung flagship Galaxy S4 has emerged on youtube, the leak is came from a Chinese forum known as 52Samsung.com. Judging from the footage, the phone looks absolutely huge, there’s metal-looking trim round the sides and a nondescript plastic back, which we think is very similar to Meizu MX2, a Chinese smartphone which is quite popular in China right now. We are seeing a WCDMA version from China Unicom, which is the second largest telecom operator in China. The device has two SIM-card slots, Samsung has also provided us a microSD card slot. The video shows the purported S4 running an up to date version of Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, which it’s plopped on top of Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. Overall, the S4’s design is truly Note-ish, it has transformed into a thick and big 5-inch phablet. And by the way, we really hate verticle video. Why ? See here. A few more pictures after the jump.
Bloomberg Business Week reported that a network security expert from Dell has revealed a hacker’s military identity in China. The hacker, named Zhang Changhe, can freely hack into the website of the US embassy in China, foreign governments and companies in China. The report said that the Dell’s expert has found several hackers used the same set of Malware last year. The IP addresses used by these hackers are all registered and belong to China Unicom, one of the China’s largest Internet service providers. One hacker came from Zhengzhou in Henan Province in China, his real identity and email address had been traced. Zhang’s profile was finally publicized, including photos of him with his wife and child. Zhang currently serves as an assistant lecturer at a university, which is a military research institution controlled by the national PLA (People’s Liberation Army) …
New government data on mobile text messaging is underscoring how this former cash cow for China’s telcos is quickly losing its audience, forcing the carriers to look for replacement revenue sources. According to the report, the number of SMS messages sent by Chinese mobile users rose only 2 percent last year to nearly 900 billion. Within that figure, the average number of text messages sent per person actually fell about 9 percent. In fact, this particular trend has been happening for at least the last two years for the nation’s three major telcos, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. The stealing away of SMS business are the new generation of mobile apps, most notably Sina’s popular Weibo microblogging service and Tencent’s equally fast-rising WeChat …
Tim Cook has visited China Mobile’s headquarters today for his second China trip and met with the company’s chairman to discuss matters of cooperation. China Mobile is the country’s largest mobile operator but also the only operator that haven’t signed a deal with Apple. The CEO has also visited China Telecom and China Unicom, which the iPhone 5 is currently only available on these two networks in China. Cook had a nice dinner with the management of China Telecom last night, both sides have expressed great satisfaction and will have further cooperation in the future. The chairman even hope Apple could moderately supply more shipment to China Telecom than other operator …
China Mobile, the largest carrier in China, might be suffering by not offering the latest iPhone 5 to customers. According to Evercore Partners’ analyst, China Mobile’s 3G market share was down 7 percent year over year to end 2012 at 37 percent. The company’s chief competitors, China Telecom and China Unicom, combined for a 7 percent gain to land at 63 percent. Apple has for years been trying to woo China Mobile. The carrier currently has approximately 700 million subscribers across China, dwarfing its closest competitor, China Unicom, which has 236 million subscribers, and creating a potentially huge opportunity for Apple. However, China Mobile and Apple have been unable to come to terms. But for now, the world’s largest mobile phone operator (by subscribers) could be starting to need the iPhone more …
The 3G version of Apple’s iPad Mini and iPad 4 just received an approval that would compatible with China Unicom and China Telecom 3G network, where China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center TENAA listed the device as model number A1455 and A1460 respectively. Obtaining such a permit has always been an indication that a release date is imminent. More info after the break.
After Apple’s new iPhone 5 has cleared the second-to-last hurdle standing in the way of its debut in China, everyone is waiting for China Unicom and China Telecom to begin selling the device by the Christmas and New Year holidays. Few days ago, it was confirmed that China Unicom will launch the iPhone 5 by 20th Nov, and China Telecom will arrive later than China Unicom in late November or early December.
There are so much news from China that passes by that we couldn’t possibly cover it all. Here are the Chinese tech news that we have left behind because we are just too busy or too lazy to post. There are stories on China 3G subscribers, Windows RT tablets, digital music copyrights, dating with technology and so on, check them out after the break. Video for this week: Shanghai’s industrial character in time-lapse. Hope everyone have a fresh start to your week and look forward to another opening of new Apple store in southern China this weekend.
Recently, shipments of nano-SIM cards, for use with the iPhone 5′s new nano-SIM tray have begun arriving at some China Unicom stores in Beijing and Shanghai, and this means that China Unicom customers can get a free upgrade to iPhone 5’s dedicated nano-SIM card, if they’ve got an iPhone 5 from other countries or the grey market.
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