Reuters: Apple iPhone X will be a tough sell in China

A report published today by Reuters pours cold water on the idea that the tenth anniversary Apple iPhone X will turn around Apple’s declining sales trends in China. After reporting six consecutive quarters of  lower iPhone sales in the country, Apple now finds itself the fifth most popular handset brand in China after local manufacturers Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi.

During the first half of the year, Apple’s share of the Chinese smartphone market (based on shipments into the country) dropped to 9% from 14% in 2015. You might remember that the September 2014 launch of the Apple iPhone …


Amazon will sell the Essential Phone too, launch date to be announced next week

Essential Products, the company behind Andy Rubin’s new smartphone, has just announced it has gained new strategic investors that poured no less than $300 million into its business. Among the most important partners Essential Products confirmed today, there are names like Foxconn, Amazon’s Alexa Fund, as well as Chinese company Tencent Holdings.

Furthermore, the US-based company confirmed that Best Buy and Amazon would be its primary retailer partners in the country, while Sprint will be the only carrier to offer the Essential Phone.

Best Buy has been known …

LG Q6 coming to Europe in August, priced to sell for €349

Unveiled earlier this month, LG Q6 is meant to bring the FullVision display with 18:9 aspect ratio to the masses. Along with its improved LG Q6+ version, the smartphones will first be made available in Asian key markets for around $365 and $435, respectively.

However, European consumers looking to try out LG’s FullVision display will be able to do so starting August. Apparently, the Q6 will arrive in Germany on August 21, but other European countries will get it around the same timeframe.

The good news is the LG Q6 won’t be much more expensive than the Asian …

Sony made this gorgeous hybrid watch to only sell it in Japan

Sony is no longer keen on making and selling Android Wear smartwatches, but it’s sure upping its hybrid watch game. Unfortunately, it has been keeping the products of its clocksmithing efforts strictly to Japan. Westerners are only to observe from a distance, and potentially look up imports on eBay. Oh, well!

The Three Hands Square is Sony’s latest masterpiece, a clean and attractive hybrid watch that will be available in both round and square designs. The latter is visibly made for female customers. The pictures speak for themselves, while the smart functions these …

BlackBerry KEYone pre-orders sell out in Japan; phone to launch on June 29th

With the BlackBerry KEYone set for a June 29th launch in Japan, pre-orders of the phone have sold out in the country. Actually, it took about an hour for the Android flavored handset to find a buyer for every unit up for pre-order. BlackBerry Mobile is offering the latest ‘Berry through a partnership with Fox. Inc. and Caseplay. On the latter’s website, the KEYone is listed at a price of 69,800 Japanese Yen, which translates into $623.41 USD at current exchange rates.

Despite the sell out, those interested in the KEYone are being told that they can still register their interest in the handset …

Virgin Mobile to sell the iPhone only; first year of $50 Inner Circle unlimited plan is $1

Pre-paid carrier Virgin Mobile, owned by Sprint, is making it easier for its subscribers to decide which phone to buy. Starting on June 27th, Virgin Mobile will sell the Apple iPhone only. Prices range from $279 for the 32GB Apple iPhone SE, to $969 for the 256GB Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Virgin will also sell the 32GB Apple iPhone 6 for $319. Orders placed today will ship on June 27th.

In addition, new Virgin Mobile subscribers who buy an iPhone, and existing customers who pay to upgrade, can receive the first year of unlimited service for just $1. That plan, called the Inner Circle, is normally …

Sony Xperia L1 makes its debut in Europe, priced to sell for €199

The Xperia L1 was launched in the United States about a month ago, but Europeans weren’t given a chance to purchase the mid-range Android smartphone until this week.

Although we knew the Xperia L1 might not be available in too many regions until June, we thought that at least a couple of European countries would get it much earlier.

In any case, if you’ve been waiting to pick up Sony’s new Xperia L1, you’ll be pleased to know the smartphone is now available in many European countries for around €199. However, if you live in the UK, you’ll have to shell out …

Telus caves, will sell BlackBerry KEYone to consumers

Yesterday, we told you that Steve Cistulli, President and GM of TCL Communication North America, had confirmed heavy launch day demand for the BlackBerry KEYone. It is that kind of demand for the device that has forced Canadian carrier Telus to make a 180 degree change, and offer the phone to consumers. Originally, Telus had planned to sell the KEYone to its business accounts only. Telus probably figured that only business users would be interested in the physical QWERTY that adorns the front of the handset.

But after word got out about the phone’s long lasting battery life and ease of typing, …

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 …