Analyst: Samsung to sell 50M Galaxy S8 units this year with the larger S8+ taking 53.9% of sales


As the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ begin their first week on sale from carriers and retailers, an analyst from Yuanta Securities says that he expects 50.4 million units of the flagship models to be sold globally this year. Lee Jae-yoon told clients in a note today, that he sees the larger screened Samsung Galaxy S8+ accounting for the majority of flagship sales in 2017. That is due to the growing number of smartphone users watching video content and playing games on their handsets.

According to Mr. Lee, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ will ring up 27.1 million units in sales this …


Apple reportedly wants to sell up to 230 million new iPhones – with as many as 95 million in 2017 alone!

DigiTimes, a mostly on-point source of supply chain insights, reports that Apple is forecast to sell up to 230 million new iPhone models in total. Previous reports claim Apple is placing orders for up to 95 million OLED display panels from Samsung, but it isn’t clear if these are meant to go exclusively in the Anniversary Edition iPhone, or are also to be distributed among the rumored “iPhone 7s”-type devices being prepared as a more conventional alternative.

Either way, Cupertino is ordering close to 100 million of its new iPhones in 2017 alone, which means …

Samsung Galaxy J7 Perx goes live at Sprint, priced to sell for $265

The Galaxy J7 (2017) has finally made it to Sprint after the smartphone was released by Verizon last month under the moniker Samsung Galaxy J7 V. Virgin and Boost Mobile are likely to get the mid-range phone as well, along with TracFone and AT&T.

Sprint is now selling it as Samsung Galaxy J7 Perx for $265 outright. Customers can also choose to get it for $11 per month for 24 months, but no upfront payment.

The Galaxy J7 Perx is clearly a mid-range smartphone powered by Android 7.0 Nougat. The handset comes with a 5.5-inch display that supports HD (720p) resolution, but it packs …

The sapphire edition of the HTC U Ultra will sell in Europe for €849

Remember that U Ultra with sapphire screen and 128GB that HTC announced last month in Taiwan? Well, it looks like the smartphone will soon be introduced in Europe in April.

Despite what many analysts believed, HTC managed to launch the U Ultra with sapphire screen earlier than they have expected. The smartphone will be available for purchase in Germany and Switzerland on April 18, and it will cost no less than €849 outright.

Unlike the 64GB model that doesn’t feature a sapphire glass, the new variant comes with 128GB of storage inside and a display with a …

No, Verizon doesn't plan to sell your data unless you want to

If you’re living in the United States, then you’re probably aware that the Congress recently voted to reduce broadband privacy protections, which would allow Internet providers to sell users’ data much easier and without asking for their permission.

We reported a few days ago that Verizon launched an Android application called AppFlash, which acts as a launcher and search function. According to the report, the app that would come pre-installed on all Android smartphones sold by Verizon can share user’s information with the carrier’s family of companies.

AppFlash …

Microsoft can't sell Lumias, so it's now selling the Galaxy S8

It’s too easy to kick a guy when he’s down, so we won’t point our fingers and laugh at Microsoft for its decision to start selling shiny new Samsung phones after giving up on its own. Yes, it’s very tempting to let out a condescending chuckle, but facts are facts.

Microsoft cutting its losses and moving on from a failing venture was solid business practice. The completely unexpected Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition, which went for pre-order today, is a theoretically sound marketing approach.

MS prides itself on a strong suite of apps, such as Office, OneDrive, Skype, and Outlook. …

Samsung will not sell (or rent) refurbished Galaxy Note 7 phones in the US

What started as a rumor a few months ago was confirmed earlier today by Samsung, as the South Korean company announced it would eventually sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphones later this year.

The moment Samsung chose to make the announcement, just two days ahead of the Galaxy S8’s big reveal, is a bit awkward. Still, in the end, the Galaxy S and Note series have different targets even if the new S8 models will boast larger displays this time.

Concerning the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung said that it would only sell refurbished units after consultations with …

LeEco cutting its US workforce, plans to sell Silicon Valley headquarters


It’s no secret that LeEco, a Chinese technology and entertainment company, spent more than it should have in its expansion efforts and is having all kinds of trouble as a result. The brand, which sells a bunch of moderately priced smartphones, TVs, and accessories in the US, also maintains an HQ in Silicon Valley.

Reuters reports that LeEco has been cutting its American workforce and is struggling to pay its debts. In a more worrying act, it plans to sell off its 49-acre Silicon Valley office to Genzon Group. The company had plans to turn the building into an “EcoCity” housing 12,000 …

Huawei P10 Lite arriving in Europe in March, priced to sell at €349

Two Huawei P10 smartphones aren’t too many, but three might get you confused. After introducing the P10 and P10 Plus over the weekend, Huawei is likely to announce yet another P10 version.

The P10 Lite is not really news since the smartphone leaked about a month ago, but it’s the first time that it’s listed by a retailer with full specs and a price tag in tow.

At least one Dutch retailer has the Huawei P10 Lite on pre-order for €349. The phone is available in Black, Gold, and White, and it’s supposed to hit the shelves sometime in March.

According …

Xiaomi to sell the Mi MIX in new markets

If you’ve been dreaming about picking up the gorgeous looking Xiaomi Mi MIX, but you don’t live in China, there is still hope for you yet. The manufacturer says that the 6.4-inch phablet will be available starting next month in the UAE. One Xiaomi executive, who was asked whether this is the start of a global roll out for the device, answered in the affirmative and added that the “Mi MIX will be making its way to other markets.”

The Mi MIX will be available in the UAE in March, priced at the equivalent of $816.50 USD. The phone will be offered by online and retail outlets Etisalat and Carrefour. …