The HTC 606w, an unannounced Android smartphone with an UltraPixel camera, has been leaked gaining regulatory approval in China. The midrange device is said to be a “spiffed up version of the HTC First” — the first smartphone with Facebook Home.
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If you’re disappointed that your HTC One didn’t come with a microSD card slot, then you’re going to be extremely jealous of users in China. Not only will the device have a removable back cover and a microSD card slot when it launches there, but it’s also have two SIM card slots as well.
It’s now just a matter of hours before Samsung shows up in New York City’s Times Square and unveils its much-anticipated Galaxy S IV. But it looks like someone’s already gone ahead and spoiled the surprise — again. The device has today been leaked in a gallery of high quality photographs posted to a Chinese message board, which come with a detailed list of specifications attached.
Samsung smartphones outsold those from rivals Apple, Nokia, and Lenovo in China throughout 2012, allowing the Korean company to claim the biggest share of the Chinese smartphone market, according to the latest report from Strategy Analytics.
Nokia had claimed the top spot in 2011, but the Finnish firm has struggled to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy devices this time around, and couldn’t even make its way into the top five.
BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS — As I was walking around the show floor at MWC today, I noticed a number of smartphones that looked very familiar — yet they were being paraded by Chinese companies I’d never heard of. I saw what looked like a large iPhone 5, an entire range of Samsung Galaxy devices, and a number of high-end HTC handsets.
Except they weren’t really Apple, Samsung, or HTC devices at all; they were actually cheap clones that were trying their best to look like the real thing. They even had fake accessories that were identical to the originals.
ZTE has teamed up with NVIDIA to deliver the world’s first “superphone” powered by a Tegra 4 processor. The company hasn’t revealed much about the handset yet, but we do know it’ll have 4G LTE connectivity, and that it will make its debut in China this summer.
GooPhone, a Chinese manufacturer famous for its clones of high-end smartphones and tablets, has today revealed the N2 Lite, its Samsung Galaxy Note II copy. The device comes with a 5.5-inch display, and even has its own S Pen, and at first glance, it almost looks identical to the real thing. Pull away its plastic, however, and and you’ll find it’s very different.
Last February, China became the fastest growing market in the world for iOS and Android device activations. By the end of this month, though, Apple will actually surpass America as the world’s largest market for devices running iOS or Android.
HTC is famous for quickly rolling out one smartphone after the other, and the Taiwanese company often unveils a handful of flagship devices each and every year. But high-end handsets made by HTC could soon become a rarity. The company is reportedly set to switch its focus to cheaper smartphones for emerging markets as it loses more ground to Apple and Samsung.
Almost four months after LG launched its flagship Optimus G, the company has sold more than 1 million units. The device first launched in Korea back in September, and it’s been slowly but surely rolling out in additional markets since. In the United States and Canada, the Optimus G has been available since November, while those in China and Europe are still waiting for it.