Samsung sets a decent sales target for the S9, but it's LG that will take Q1

While there are reports that the initial S9 and S9+ orders are lower than those of their predecessors at about launch time, Samsung actually never said they will sell more. The 43 million sales target it had set for its newest flagships is a far cry from the 60 million that it forecast for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, so saying that the initial orders are 30% lower than last year’s high-ends, is like saying that everything goes according to Samsung’s plan.

Granted, it shipped less S8 handsets than the forecast last year, but it is obviously not expecting wonders …

JP Morgan cuts estimate of Q1 Apple iPhone X production by 25%, Q2 production by 44%

Over at securities firm JP Morgan, analyst Narci Chang is taking an axe to his estimate of Apple iPhone X production for the first half of 2018. From January through March, Chang now expects Apple to produce 15 million units of the tenth-anniversary model. That is a drop of 5 million handsets (25%) from his original prediction. For the second quarter, the analyst lowered his estimate by a whopping 44%, as he now sees 10 million iPhone X units rolling off the assembly line during the three months. He originally called for 18 million phones to be produced from April through June.

Apple hinted …

Google updates Android Excellence apps and games selection for Q1 2018

Google has updated its quarterly selection of the best Android experiences—both apps and games—for Q1 2018. The Android Excellence collection highlights the apps and games that deliver the best user experiences on Android, make use of the platform’s stand-outfeatures, have great design, technical performance, localization, and device optimization.

Best of all, in order to make the list, an app or a game doesn’t have to be popular, or sell a lot, but rather have stand-out qualities, such as the ones mentioned above. 22 new apps and 16  new games …

The inexpensive Honor 7X will be getting Face Unlock functionality in Q1 2018

Honor announced yesterday the global availability of its View 10 and 7X smartphones, but it also introduced the limited edition Honor 7X Red, which will be available in limited quantities (20,000 units) in select markets.

The Honor 7X that made its debut in the United States last month is great value for money. At just $200, it offers more than decent specs, but if that’s still not enough to make you buy one, maybe Honor’s next announcement will.

The company has just announced that the entire lineup of Honor 7X devices will receive a new facial recognition …

Huawei P11 expected to be unveiled at MWC and launched in Q1 2018

Earlier this month, leaked images showing a series of promotional information related to the Huawei P11, revealed the camera setup (both back and front) that could be featured on the handset. According to the promos, the next phone in the manufacturer’s “P” series may come with a 40MP Leica triple-lens camera setup with 5x hybrid zoom, and a 24MP front-facing selfie shooter.

A tweet disseminated today by tipster Roland Quandt suggests that we could see the Huawei P11 unveiled at MWC, just like the P10 was this year. The MWC will open in Barcelona next year on February 26th. We already expect …

Galaxy S9 said to come with '3-stack' dual camera and higher price, release set for Q1

It seems that those who are expecting grand surprises from Samsung with the Galaxy S9 will be in for a surprise, as a Korean publication has probed a few sources in and out of the company, and has the following quote from one anonymous Samsung official:

Although the Galaxy S9 may not have the innovative features expected by the market, we are focusing on enhancing the completeness of the Galaxy S8 hardware and an innovative user experience (UX),