Two variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 receive certification in China

According to images that were published today, it would appear that a couple of Chinese variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 have received certification in the country. The China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (CMIIT) gave the thumbs up to the Samsung SM-N9600 on March 21st of this year. That was followed up with approval for the SM-N9608 on April 24th, 2018, just a few days ago. Unfortunately, the documentation for both models does not include images or specs.

Last month, we passed along a rumor that unlike last year’s Galaxy Note 8, which was launched in September, Samsung …


Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6+ clear FCC certification with Infinity displays in tow

The Galaxy A6 saga is about to come to an end, as the smartphone has been recently spotted at the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), a clear evidence that it will make its debut on the market in the coming months.

Last week, we reported that the Galaxy A6 and A6+ smartphones may not be launched in the United States, but customers in Europe and the Middle East will surely be given the chance to purchase either of the two devices.

Today, we have new information about the two mid-range handsets, which suggest they will make it to the Americas, just not to the United States specifically. …

Oreo-powered Galaxy S8 Active passes certification, update imminent?

For the last few months, Samsung has been hard at work on bringing Android 8.0 Oreo to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The Korean tech giant launched a public beta for the 2017 flagship pair and managed to dish out multiple test builds before closing the program on January 26th. Current expectations are that the official rollout of the Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.0 software will commence before the end of February.
However, their ruggedized sibling, the Galaxy S8 Active, has generally avoided the Oreo commotion, leading some to believe that its upgrade to the …

HTC's upcoming Ocean Harmony phablet gets its required CCC certification in China

The China Compulsory Certification (also known as 3C) must be awarded to every product imported, manufactured, sold or used in China. That includes smartphones. Recently, HTC filed with the CCC for its upcoming mid-range phablet with the code name HTC Ocean Harmony. The certification was awarded on December 4th. The CCC logo in China means that a device has been tested, and meets certain standards for safety in the country. It is similar to the UL Underwriters Laboratories safety tests conducted in the states.

The HTC Ocean Harmony is expected to carry a 5.99-inch ‘bezel-less’ display, with …

BlackBerry Motion is now official; phone carries 4000mAh battery, IP67 certification

The BlackBerry Motion has been unveiled in Dubai today. Built by China’s TCL under its license with BlackBerry, the Motion is an “all touch” model that carries the largest battery ever used to power a ‘Berry branded handset (4000mAh). It also is the first BlackBerry branded phone to feature an IP certification rating. At IP67, the Motion can be submerged in up to 3.3 feet for as long as 30-minutes and emerge unscathed. Still, due to the corrosive nature of salt, we wouldn’t want to put the Motion in the ocean.

The new BlackBerry Mobile device comes with a 5.5-inch Premium Anti-Scratch screen …

'Made for Google' certification for accessories launches with 26 third-party manufacturers


Just the other day, we told you that Google would introduce a ‘Made for Google’ certification program for accessories at its October 4th Pixel 2 event. Besides providing third party manufacturers with the things they need to build cases, chargers and battery packs to Google’s specifications, Google will allow the companies signed up for the program to use a Made for Google logo on packaging and advertisements.

Yesterday, when Google introduced the new Made for Google certification program, the company listed the names of 26 manufacturers who have already signed up for the certification …

Apple iPhone X receives FCC certification

With pre-orders for the Apple iPhone X starting in 22 days, and the launch taking place (at least for now) on November 3rd, the tenth anniversary iPhone has finally been certified by the FCC. That action allowed Apple to remove the disclaimer from its website that said it could not sell or lease the device without receiving authorization from the government regulatory agency. A trio of iPhone X models now have the green light to be offered for sale in the states.

The FCC must test all devices that will be sold in the U.S. with a radio inside. The regulatory agency makes sure that these products …

Third party accessories for the Pixel line could soon be given 'Made for Google' certification

The countdown timer on the PhoneArena home page counts down how much time is left until Google unveils the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. This will take place on Wednesday, October 4th, at 12 noon EDT, and the event will be live streamed on YouTube. Of course, we will be covering the story all day, so feel free to check in early and often for all of the information about the HTC built Pixel 2 and the LG produced Pixel 2 XL.

One interesting rumor passed along by a couple of individuals who are reportedly close to the October 4th event, says that on Wednesday, Google will also introduce a Made for …

Samsung foldable phone unveiling closer after Galaxy X receives another certification

The last we heard about the oft-rumored foldable smartphone from Samsung, dubbed the Galaxy X (and no, it doesn’t stand for the number ten) was that the phone would arrive some time in 2018. This hopeful outlook came from Samsung’s top mobile executive, Koh Dong-jin, who made the statement about two weeks ago. Now, it’s believed that the foldable Samsung handset has been certified in South Korea by the country’s National Radio Agency.

The phone seen by the National Radio Agency sports the model number of SM-G888N0; that is the same model that received its Bluetooth certification back in …

BlackBerry "Krypton" (BBD100-1) receives its Wi-Fi certification

In the waning days of August, we told you that a new BlackBerry with the model number BBD100-1 had received its Bluetooth certification from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. Today, that model number has surfaced on a certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance. Slowly but surely, this new “all touch” BlackBerry Mobile model is being prepped by TCL and could end up a successor to the BlackBerry DTEK60.

Built by TCL under a license from BlackBerry, the DTEK50 and DTEK60 are secure Android models that run on BlackBerry’s version of the open source OS. The Krypton, which will probably be an …