Chinese national living in U.S. pleads guilty to selling $1.1 million of fake iPhone and iPad units

Jianhua “Jeff” Li, a 43-year old Chinese national who was living in the U.S. on a student visa, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey over charges related to a criminal operation. The illegal scheme sold $1.1 million of fake Apple iPhone and iPad devices in the states. Li admitted to one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and labels, and to smuggle goods into the United States, and to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. He will be sentenced on May 30th.

Li and his associates smuggled 40,000 electronic devices and accessories into the U.S. …


Samsung to start selling Exynos chipsets to other smartphone companies

Apparently, Samsung wants a piece of the chipset market share, as the South Korean company plans to expand production of its Exynos CPUs and find buyers for them among smartphone vendors.

At the moment, Samsung is only fourth place in terms of smartphone chipset market share, as Qualcomm is in leading position followed by Apple and MediaTek. According to industry sources, Samsung plans to sell mostly chipsets for mid-range smartphones in an attempt to take on MediaTek. If Samsung’s plans turn out to be successful, MediaTek may have a tough 2018.

Moreover, analysts say Samsung is …

Cricket Wireless starts selling the entry-level Alcatel Verso for just $30

The new Alcatel Verso is one of the cheapest Android smartphones that you can now purchase in the United States. US carrier Cricket Wireless now offers the Verso for free with number transfer or $30 with new number (or current customer upgrade).

As you might have guessed, the Alcatel Verso is far from being impressive specs-wise. It’s true, the Verso runs Android 7.0 Nougat, which is quite decent even for a 2018 smartphone.

However, the handset sports a modest 5-inch display with FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) resolution and Dragontrail Glass. It’s got a 1.1GHz quad-core processor, 16GB …

Essential is now selling phone accessories, including HD earphones and USB-C to 3.5mm adapters

Quite many months after releasing the interesting Essential Phone,
Essential today started selling accessories via its official website (US
only). When we say accessories, we mean more than just the Essential 360 Camera
module that was already available to buy.

 

Here’s a list of new Essential accessories that you can
order right away, prices included:

Essential Earphones HD ($99), featuring “immersive
fatigue-free sound” and a multi-action button that can even activate Google
Assistant. These high-definition earphones work not just with the Essential
Phone, but also with other devices …

The iPhone X may not be selling as well as Apple hoped

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The iPhone X is one of our favorite gadgets of 2017, and basically sets the benchmark for new smartphones. It has an impeccable camera, a gigantic screen that takes up the entire front panel, and a fancy 3D camera used for authentication.

But all of this excitement hasn’t been enough to guarantee strong sales. Early signs indicated iPhone X adoption was outpacing iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales in the first week of availability, but expectations have finally tempered.

Now, multiple Wall Street firms are reporting Apple will be reducing its iPhone X shipment forecast in Q1 2018 from 50 million to 30 million units, according to MacRumors. Read more…

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The Apple iPhone was the top selling tech product of 2017

A research firm called GBH Insights said today that the Apple iPhone was the top selling tech product of 2017. In fact, with 233 million units expected to be rung up for the entire year, the device sold more than the numbers 2 through 5 products added together. In second place you’ll find the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with 33 million phones sold. The low-end model of Amazon’s smart speaker, the Echo Dot, was third with 24 million units sold for the year. Apple returned with the fourth most purchased tech product of 2017, the Apple Watch; 20 million timepieces were bought this …

OnePlus says 5T is its fastest selling phone ever, handset now ships in up to 2 weeks


Not long after launching the 5T – its newest flagship
smartphone – OnePlus announced that this became its “fastest selling
device” to date. Earlier this year, OnePlus said the same thing about the
OnePlus 5, which means the 5T is more successful than its predecessor.

 

According to OnePlus, it took only 6 hours to realize that
the 5T broke its sales records. Unfortunately, the company did not share exact
numbers, so we don’t know just how many OnePlus 5T units have been sold in those 6
hours. In any case, right now, the new phone is a bit hard to get, at least in
the US.
If you want …

T-Mobile selling the Moto Z2 Force for just $375 upfront for a limited time

It appears that Moto Z2 Force didn’t sell too well in the United States if we are to take into consideration that latest numbers provided by local carriers. Even so, the Moto Z2 Force is a solid alternative to other, more expensive flagships available in the US.

Now, for a limited time, the Moto Z2 Force is on sale at T-Mobile for an amazingly low price: $375. In fact, saying this is an amazingly low price would be an understatement since AT&T is still selling the smartphone for $800 outright.

In any case, if you don’t want or can’t afford to pay $375 …

Microsoft starts selling Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ online

Microsoft had been selling the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ at its brick and mortar stores since their launch, but they weren’t available online until recently. Starting this week, customers who prefer to shop online will be able to purchase Samsung’s flagship’s via Microsoft Store Online.

The unlocked versions of both Samsung smartphones are now available at Microsoft Store, as well as AT&T and Verizon models. The former sell for $725 and $825 respectively, while the Verizon models cost $720 and $840.

Consumers who favor AT&T over Verizon will have …

Huawei could start selling its own "Made for Huawei" accessories

Undoubtedly, Huawei is one of the biggest smartphone makers in the world, as the Chinese company sells millions of handsets every year. To increase the margin profit of its products, Huawei has decided to start developing some components in-house. Huawei’s Kirin chipsets are inside most of its flagships, but lately, they have been embedded in some of the company’s mid-range smartphones.

It looks like the next step for Huawei would start making accessories for its smartphones. Well, we could say the Chinese company might be tempted to follow in Apple’s footsteps …