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Chinese Xiaomi Red Rice smartphone has $85 BOM

Chinese Xiaomi Red Rice smartphone has $85 BOM

China is definitely one of the biggest growth markets in all of the mobile phone and smartphone world. While Europe and the US are very developed when it comes to the smartphone market, China is still growing rapidly. A low-cost smartphone from a Chinese company called Xiaomi has taken China by storm and has an impressively low bill of materials.

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Hugo Barra is leaving Google, will join Chinese handset maker Xiaomi [UPDATE]

Hugo Barra is leaving Google, will join Chinese handset maker Xiaomi [UPDATE]

Google's Vice President of Product Management Hugo Barra is leaving Google, and sources appeared claiming that he'll be taking up employment with Chinese phone maker Xiaomi. Shortly after the news surfaced, Google confirmed that the executive is parting ways and confirmation has appeared on Weibo about the job he has lined up.

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New Pics of Sony Honami Smartphone Surface in China

New Pics of Sony Honami Smartphone Surface in China

If you thought we've seen all of the leaks concerning Sony's coming smartphone called the Xperia Z1 (or Honami) over the last few weeks, you would be wrong. Some new images have surfaced of the smartphone from China. Specifically, these images have surfaced from the Chinese Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center (TENAA) giving us a look at just about every surface of the device.

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HTC at Work on Smartphone OS Targeting China

HTC at Work on Smartphone OS Targeting China

Smartphone maker HTC is rumored to be in the process of developing a new smartphone operating system that specifically targets the Chinese market. The tip comes from a source who claims to be familiar with the project at HTC. It really comes as no surprise that smartphone makers are developing operating systems specifically for China considering that it's one of the biggest growth markets in the world.

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Oppo R819 arrives with 4.7-inch display, 8MP camera, Jelly Bean

Oppo R819 arrives with 4.7-inch display, 8MP camera, Jelly Bean

You may not be too familiar with Oppo, and they may not be as popular as some of the big guns like Samsung or HTC, but they're definitely putting up a fight against the big guys, as the Chinese phone maker announced the R819, which comes with a 4.7-inch 720p display, an 8-megapixel camera on the back, and comes stock with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.

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iPhone 5S and pink 5C aim to prove falsehood of early leaks

iPhone 5S and pink 5C aim to prove falsehood of early leaks

This week a fellow by the name of Skyline O (translated) has spoken up on the possibility of Apple's next-generation iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C (plastic) having their specifications leaked early. In Chinese forum WeiPhone, Skyline not only lies out the map on how and where early mock-up models for Apple's smartphones were turned into the mock-ups you've seen in tech news over the past few weeks, but takes new photos of a couple he's got on-hand, including a plastic iPhone in pink!

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Wikipedia co-founder talks censorship, issues with Chinese government

Wikipedia co-founder talks censorship, issues with Chinese government

Wikipedia's co-founder Jimmy Wales is no stranger to voicing his opinion, and has done such this week in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. During the talk, Wales discussed the issue of censorship, focusing extensively on China and saying that he'd rather Wikipedia not be available in the nation rather than having the website bow to demands of censorship.

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Chinese hackers fall for decoy water plant, inadvertently confirm motives

Chinese hackers fall for decoy water plant, inadvertently confirm motives

The Chinese hacking collective known as APT1 has long been suspected of working with China's army, and as such has garnered its fair share of attention from the powers-that-be. Back in February, the hackers inadvertently revealed the extent of their intentions, doing so by falling for a "honeypot" - one of several decoy water plants. Though their methods were said to be low in sophistication, one Trend Micro researcher says there was no doubting their intentions.

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Vivo X3 Android smartphone aims for “world’s thinnest” this month

Vivo X3 Android smartphone aims for “world’s thinnest” this month

It's been suggested that the next device in the little-known Vivo line will be coming in the form of the Vivo X3, a device whose name signifies simplicity. This device is appearing in blue and has been tipped for a full reveal on the 22nd of August. This device is said by its manufacturer, BBK, to be the new world's thinnest smartphone at just 6mm (that's 0.236 inches). That's just thinner than the Huawei Ascend P6 which cuts in at just 6.18mm thin - ready to cut bread!

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Huawei accused of spying for China by former CIA boss

Huawei accused of spying for China by former CIA boss

Late last year, allegations had surfaced regarding Chinese handset makers ZTE and Huawei, with claims being tossed around that they were spying on behalf of the Chinese government. Both makers rejected the claims, and Huawei went on to offer unrestricted access to its software code in an effort to prove its innocence. Nearly a year later, and now former CIA boss Michael Hayden has spoken out, stating that Huawei did provide information to the Chinese government.

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ZTE Geek claims world’s first Tegra 4 phone title

ZTE Geek claims world’s first Tegra 4 phone title

We've known about the ZTE Geek in the past, but very few details were known at that point, other than that it was running Intel’s Atom Z2580 SoC. However, today we're being treated with what appears to be an unveiling of the ZTE Geek, running an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, making it the world's first Tegra 4-equipped smartphone.

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China reportedly to lift ban on video game consoles

China reportedly to lift ban on video game consoles

Back on January 28, we heard a rumor that China was considering lifting a ban on gaming consoles, something that was reported by Reuters. It has been six months, and now we're hearing this again, only the sources claim that the lift will go in effect with a stipulation that game makers must produce the consoles in Shanghai's free-trade zone.

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