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Huawei Ascend D1 quad XL unboxing and hands-on

Huawei Ascend D1 quad XL unboxing and hands-on

This week we're getting our hands on the Huawei Ascend D quad XL, a quad-core smartphone made to bring the brand up to speed with the rest of the hardcore top-tier smart device universe in more ways than one. This device will be spreading across the market in China rather soon with its 4.5-inch IPS+ LCD touchscreen with a massive 720 x 1280 pixel resolution - that's 326ppi, for those of you keeping track. In this initial look we'll do a basic flipping back and forth on the displays and a show of the hardware as it stands here right before the big drop. UPDATE: we now have our Huawei Ascend D1 quad XL full review up and prepared for your perusal!

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Huawei claims US committee was “committed to a predetermined outcome”

Huawei claims US committee was “committed to a predetermined outcome”

In a quickfire response back to accusations that Huawei and ZTE were less than desirable when it came to international companies bringing technology to the USA, the latter company has made it clear that they couldn't disagree more with the US commission's message. In an extended note from Huawei, they begin by saying that "despite our best effort, the Committee appears to have been committed to a predetermined outcome." Huawei is not pleased with what the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has done to their image, needless to say.

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Foxconn denies reports of worker strike

Foxconn denies reports of worker strike

Yesterday, China Labor Watch reported that three to four thousand Foxconn quality assurance workers went on strike after iPhone 5 quality demands were raised to extremes. The report also stated that a fight broke out between workers that sent some to the hospital, and that a contributing factor in the strike was that workers weren't allowed to take time off during the week-long national holiday that kicked off at the beginning of last week. Today, Foxconn is denying that a strike ever happened, saying that production on the iPhone 5 has "continued on schedule."

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Nokia Lumia 510 leaks for tight pockets

Nokia Lumia 510 leaks for tight pockets

Those of you wanting to get in on the Windows Phone game with Nokia's next-generation smartphone lineup but don't want to shell out the cash might be happy with what's been leaked today - a Nokia Lumia 510. I emphasize "might", especially since this device has been tipped as coming with Windows Phone 7.8, the version that was revealed with Windows Phone 8 with nearly - but not quite - the same features as the futuristic Microsoft mobile OS. This device has been spotted in a blurry photo and in hands-on video format.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processors for smartphones expand lineup

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processors for smartphones expand lineup

Several new high-volume smartphone ready Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processors have been revealed for the mass market today along with Reference Design Counterparts for device makers of all kinds. This release lets the world know that Qualcomm is ready to continue their fast-forward assault on the smartphone world with upgraded versions of the already successful Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225 and MSM8625 processors. With the quad-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8225Q and MSM8625Q, you'll be working with next-generation power by the first quarter of 2013.

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iPhone 5 seeks approval for China

iPhone 5 seeks approval for China

It appears that Apple has gotten the China Compulsory Certificate for the iPhone 5 in a couple iterations, both of them quite possibly headed for China Telecom. The first of these will likely be the global GSM model - here in the approval found by Sina marked as WCDMA phone model A1429. The second is a CDMA2000 version model number A1442 of the device - this will likely be a brand new model of the iPhone as the current CDMA iPhone 5 (A1429) does not currently have China Telecom in its listing of networks. Of course there's always the future.

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Foxconn riot could happen again, experts warn

Foxconn riot could happen again, experts warn

The riot that caused one of Foxconn's factories to close down on Monday was definitely big news, but it wasn't entirely unexpected. We're heard for years that working conditions at Foxconn aren't exactly the best, with labor groups frequently bringing the company to the public's attention. Those who have Foxconn assemble their products have performed numerous investigations into the working conditions at the factory, and it isn't uncommon to see anonymous Foxconn workers discussing the more negative parts of their jobs on various news sites.

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Huawei Ascend D1 lands in China on September 12

Huawei Ascend D1 lands in China on September 12

After suffering numerous delays, it seems that the Huawei Ascend D1 quad-core smartphone is finally ready for prime time. The company announced today that the phone will be launching in China on September 12, and after that, it should slowly roll out to other regions around the world. Why will the roll out be slow? Blame it on that in-house K3V2 1.5GHz quad-core processor.

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