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Qualcomm and Samsung extend cross-license partnership

Qualcomm announced today in a press release it is expanding its relationship with Samsung as technology partners. The two companies signed a multi-year strategic agreement over various technology areas across a range of mobile devices. Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm, said later: Qualcomm has enjoyed a strong partnership with Samsung for many years, and we are pleased to further strengthen and extend our relationship through this amended cross-license agreement, alongside our continuing relationship as a key product supplier to Samsung. The agreement covers smartphones like the...

Huawei Nexus bootloader screen reveals S810 chipset, 3GB of RAM

The Huawei Nexus is back in the spotlight, this time showing us the angles we missed yesterday. For one we can see the USB Type C on the bottom (the phone itself is in a bulky case) and we even get to see the bootloader screen. It shows the chipset – MSM8994, aka Snapdragon 810. So much for the Snapdragon 820 hopes. Anyway, the chipset is hooked up to 3GB of RAM (LPDDR4, Micron chip) and boasts 64GB of built-in storage (Samsung chip). While there will probably be a 32GB version, the RAM situation is likely settled. We've recently started seeing 4GB devices, but the next Nexus phablet won't be one of them. (more…)

Mophie releases power banks with built-in Lightning cable

Mophie introduced its new series of power banks called Powerstation. It has four models, priced between $60 and $100, with a charge up to 10,000mAh and built-in Lightning cable in two of them. It also has a Lightning input, USB-A output and comes in various neat colors. There is, unsurprisingly, an LED power indicator that tells you how much charge is left when you press a little button. Mophie also boasts about the triple-test certified lithium-polymer batteries that "ensure peak performance and safe operation." The power banks have Priority+ Charging which first prioritizes the...

CMR: Xiaomi outsells Samsung in India’s richest market in Q4

Xiaomi was the biggest smartphone vendor in India's richest (and second largest) market of Maharashtra during Q4 of 2017. The Chinese maker managed to climb over Samsung to reach a market share of 31.2% (compared to Samsung's 15.3%), lead by the Redmi Note 4's sales. Vivo, Oppo and Lenovo make up the rest of the top 5 vendors during the quarter. It's important to reestablish that the numbers above concern only the Maharashtra state (home to the city of Mumbai) and not the whole of India. The state accounted for 13.7% of smartphone sales in India. Source | Via

Week 20 in review: OnePlus 6, Nokia X6, vivo X21i and Oppo Realme1 are official

This was a big week for phone announcements. For the previous two weeks or so we have seen plenty of leaks and rumors all leading up to the past few days. For starters the OnePlus 6 was made official at an event in London on Wednesday. But before that we got a few big leaks detailing much of what was eventually announced. The Nokia X6 was also announced with a 5.8-inch IPS LCD and a notch. It's trying to step on the iPhone X's toes thanks to its similar look, vanilla Android backed with Nokia's brand recognition and far more attractive price. Oppo unveiled its Realme sub-brand and...