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New in 2020 smartphones? More punches!

New in 2020 smartphones? More punches!

A new listing in the National Intellectual Property Administration in China showed the next big thing from the smartphone company Vivo. In the mix is a variety of new designs for smartphones that may well be released inside the next 12 months. In the collection of drawings in documents submitted to the NIPA, Vivo shows how they'd like to release smartphones with two or four punches, allowing more than a couple options for front-facing cameras, sensors, and odd combinations therein!

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China GPS alternative will be completed by mid-2020

China GPS alternative will be completed by mid-2020

The US and China may be butting heads over 5G dominance among other things but that isn't the only technology that two giants are fighting over. Far older and years in the making, China has been working to create its own navigation satellite system independent of the popular US-owned GPS. While it might still take more than a decade before it goes fully online, China is close to completing its Beidou constellation with the launch of the final two satellites by June 2020.

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China heavy rocket launch a success: Roadmap to Moon & beyond continues

China heavy rocket launch a success: Roadmap to Moon & beyond continues

China has successfully launched its Long March 5 rocket, a homegrown design that could eventually be tasked with taking the country's astronauts to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. While the Long March 5 has only a few a small number of flights to its name, that hasn't stopped the Chinese space agency from developing an ambitious roadmap for its activities beyond Earth.

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OPPO rolls up Q3 best-selling phone list after Apple, Samsung

OPPO rolls up Q3 best-selling phone list after Apple, Samsung

The top-selling phones for the third quarter of the year, 2019, includes a short list of top brands. A couple of these brands you'll expect - Apple and Samsung have been the biggest smartphone brands for unit sales for quite a few years. But after Apple's iPhone XR, and a couple of Samsung Galaxy A models, the brand up next is one about which you might not've heard a whole lot: OPPO!

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OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G revealed as herald of 2020’s greatest phones

OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G revealed as herald of 2020’s greatest phones

Both the OPPO Reno3 and the OPPO Reno3 Pro were revealed on the 26th of December, 2019. Both of these masterpieces have the look and the feel of a transitioning collection of top-end smartphones from a company that sells top-end smartphones for prices well below their competition.

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Huawei Mate Xs foldable phone release date and Kirin 990-led details

Huawei Mate Xs foldable phone release date and Kirin 990-led details

The smart foldable phone Huawei Mate Xs was revealed by the company today with a planned release in March 2020. This new version of the Huawei Mate X foldable display-toting smartphone first revealed in February of 2019. That'd make a 1-year birthday party seem obvious - though the exact timing of the event at which we'll see this new Huawei Mate Xs was not pinpointed. We're expecting we'll see Huawei Mate Xs at a Huawei presentation at Mobile World Congress 2020.

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Nintendo Switch in China will have only one game at launch next week

Nintendo Switch in China will have only one game at launch next week

At long last, Nintendo's highly-rated gaming console is coming to China. But when the Nintendo Switch does land in stores there next week, it might barely even make a ripple. But while getting approved to officially start sales in the country is newsworthy in itself, it will probably make very little difference in global sales numbers, especially considering there will be only one game available for sale for the console when it launches.

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China now requires face scans of anyone signing up for mobile plans

China now requires face scans of anyone signing up for mobile plans

Our face is the most revealing and most telling part of our body, which is why it is the focus of many security systems. It is, however, also the center of controversy when it comes to privacy issues. Face recognition can be a convenient and powerful tool when used properly but it can also be a dangerous weapon depending on who wields it. That may be one of the concerns even among China's citizens now that their government is requiring them to submit face scans when they're simply trying to get a new phone line.

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China cracks down on fake news and deepfakes with new laws

China cracks down on fake news and deepfakes with new laws

China is cracking down on the creation of fake news and 'deepfakes' with new laws that will make publishing this content without an advisory a criminal offense. The move comes amid growing concerns over the effects AI-generated fake content can have on spreading false information and propaganda across social platforms. The move follows a similar bill recently passed in California.

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Dizzy man accidentally sells US$1.4 million game character for $500

Dizzy man accidentally sells US$1.4 million game character for $500

It's a classic story of selling a multi-million-dollar video game character on a digital sale site for $500 - we've all heard it. This particular story takes place in China, and starts with a video game "whale" - a rich person who spends boatloads of cash on video games. This whale, Lu Mou, spent 8 million to 10 million yuan (the equivalent of around $1.4 million USD) in a video game, creating a powerful in-game character with in-game purchases.

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Galaxy S11 leak shows speed ramp-up x2: 5G and battery charging

Galaxy S11 leak shows speed ramp-up x2: 5G and battery charging

This morning a leak of regulatory info from China showed how Samsung was about to change the way they delivered the Galaxy S series in the near future. The Samsung Galaxy S11 will quite likely be the first smartphone to benefit from the next-generation charging speeds listed with China regulatory group CCC. This latest leak suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S11 - with codename SM-G9860 - will roll with 25-watt fast charging.

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Samsung outsourcing Galaxy A phones to Chinese ODMs

Samsung outsourcing Galaxy A phones to Chinese ODMs

In an ideal world, smartphone makers have full control over all aspects of the product, from software to hardware to production. Not even Apple has achieved 100% control and companies like Samsung are even less likely to. Now it seems that the world's largest phone maker will be giving up even more control as it will reportedly tap Chinese companies to make some of its phones, particularly those from the mid-range Galaxy A series, that are also bound for the Chinese market.

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