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Kirin 990 to be built on TSMC 7nm process

Huawei introduced the Kirin 980 chipset with AI features, and 1.4 Gbps download speeds in September. The platform made its way to the Mate 20 series and is likely to appear in the next-gen Huawei P flagships. Although the SoC is still new, the Chinese company is already working on the follow-up, and according to industry sources, preparations for Kirin 990 has already begun. Reports from China claim TSMC will build the chipset on the 7nm processor. Industry insiders claim the subsidiary manufacturer HiSilicon has invested around CNY200 million in research and development, which...



KGI: iPhone 8 sales are not weak, people are just waiting for the iPhone X

The slipping shipping dates should have been a clue - the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are selling as well as expected, claim industry analysts at KGI. According to their numbers, the two 8 models saw roughly half the sales during the opening week compared to last year's iPhone 7. But KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo (usually an authoritative source) expects that the iPhone X will match the sales of the 8 and 8 Plus combined. This will bring sale numbers back to where they need to be. Earlier, KGI predicted 50+ million pre-orders for the X, so it's a matter of how fast Apple can make them. Keep in mind that...



Samsung plans to supply ZTE and other OEMs with Exynos chipsets

The semiconductor business is a driving force of Samsung's profits, but its Exynos mobile chipsets are rarely seen in other manufacturers' devices, with the only external client being Meizu with the latest 15 Plus phone. Reuters reported the Korean chaebol is talking with ZTE and other OEMs to start supplying them with mobile processors in order to up its rivalry with Qualcomm. Inyup Kang, a former Qualcomm executive and now head of Samsung's logic chip developer System LSI, said the company is "talking to all OEMs". He confirmed that new clients can be unveiled as early as the first...



Samsung Q2 earnings guidance shows slowing smartphone business

Samsung smashed records for operating profit seven quarters in a row, but the streak is done, according to the company guidance. The Korean giant just announced its earnings guidance for Q2 2018 - consolidated sales are expected to be approximately KRW58 trillion ($52 billion), while the consolidated operating profit should be around KRW14.8 trillion ($13.25 billion). The estimated numbers fall short of the Q1 2018 results when sales were KRW60.56 trillion ($56.2 billion). Operating profit was an all-time record, reaching KRW15.64 trillion ($14.5 billion). According to analysts,...



Galaxy Note 5 inboxing and unboxing video is a visual treat

Unboxing videos are very common on YouTube, countless channels basically do the same thing where they take their time to open the box, put the new device to the side and check all of the contents. There’s hardly anything new to these unboxing videos which is why Samsung’s “inboxing” videos caught everybody’s attention, the first was released earlier this year when the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge arrived. Instead of showing a box being unwrapped and its contents being put under a magnifying glass, Samsung started from the other way around by showing the new smartphone being assembled by hand. It has already published a beautifully shot inboxing video for the Galaxy S6 edge+ and now one for the Galaxy Note 5 has arrived. (more…)