Huawei: Rumors of spying are "groundless speculation"; company shipped 153 million phones in 2017

Huawei CEO Richard Yu has said that the company’s goal is to leap frog over Apple and Samsung to become the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. To help it achieve that goal, the company hoped to partner with the two largest U.S. wireless operators. Verizon and AT&T were prepared to add the Huawei Mate 10 Pro to their lineups earlier this year, but those deals fell through after the U.S. government became vocal about Huawei’s close ties to the Chinese government. Last month, U.S. lawmakers warned Americans not to buy or use Huawei products. In the back of their minds was a report from …


Only 850,000 BlackBerry branded devices shipped in 2017

BlackBerry Mobile appeared to get things on track last year with the release of two handsets. Both were manufactured by TCL under license from BlackBerry. In April, BlackBerry released the KEYone. Even though it sports a physical QWERTY keyboard, this is not your grandpappy’s ‘Berry. For example, a fingerprint scanner was cleverly embedded in the keyboard’s space bar. Making our list of the most underrated phones of 2017, the KEYone features that fabulous aforementioned QWERTY, and outstanding battery life.

TCL also launched the BlackBerry Motion in October, an “all-touch” handset that had …

Top Apple analyst sees 100 million 6.1-inch LCD equipped iPhone units shipped this year

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is considered to be the best Apple analyst in the world. Kuo is plugged into Apple in such a way, that no other analyst comes close when it comes to making predictions about future products or estimating how many units of a model will be sold. Kuo says that Apple will be selling three new models in 2018. All three will be equipped with the TrueDepth Camera, and offer Face ID. Two will feature OLED panels of 5.8-inches and 6.5-inches. Those are believed to be the Apple iPhone Xs and Apple iPhone Xs Plus, respectively.

According to Kuo, the third model will …

Amazon has shipped three times the number of smart speakers as Google has

Amazon created the smart speaker category with the widespread unveiling of the Amazon Echo in 2015. Comprised of a speaker and a virtual personal assistant, the device seemed simple enough, although most saw it as a niche product. Two years later, the smart speaker is one of the fastest growing tech products around. Amazon’s Alexa probably would have won Time Magazine’s Virtual Assistant of the Year if such an award existed. Now, almost every major tech firm has a smart speaker available.

Amazon’s main competition for the Echo is the Google Home line. Just as Amazon has various Echo models …

Huawei breaking records in 2017, over 100 million smartphones shipped so far

Chinese manufacturer Huawei has managed to ship over 100 million smartphones for the first three quarters of 2017. This translates to a year-over-year increase of 19%, which means that the company has a very high chance of surpassing the 140 million units it shipped in 2016.

Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, said that this exponential growth has managed to increase the firm’s operating revenues by more than 30% from January to September. The executive also mentioned that Huawei will seek further expansion by introducing …

The Essential Phone was finally shipped today (UPDATE: Or maybe not)

The last we heard about Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone was that it would ship within seven days. That was on August 16th. But the good news today is that the device has finally shipped, which means that some of those who pre-ordered early should soon receive confirmation that their Essential Phone is on the way. The orders are not all being shipped at the same time, which means that if you do not receive a shipping notice, don’t panic. You might receive it in the next day or three.

UPDATE: Several PhoneArena readers have reported to us that the Essential Phone did not ship yesterday as earlier …

The Essential Phone was finally shipped today

The last we heard about Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone was that it would ship within seven days. That was on August 16th. But the good news today is that the device has finally shipped, which means that some of those who pre-ordered early should soon receive confirmation that their Essential Phone is on the way. The orders are not all being shipped at the same time, which means that if you do not receive a shipping notice, don’t panic. You might receive it in the next day or three.

UPDATE: Several

Some customers were upset because the company charged their credit cards without providing …

Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus are the most shipped smartphones during Q2 2017

According to fresh data from Strategy Analytics, the Apple iPhone 7 was the most popular smartphone in the world for the second quarter of 2017 followed by the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Apple shipped 16.9 million units of the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 from April through June, and 15.1 million of the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus during the same time period. The two handsets had 4.7% and 4.2% of the global smartphone market respectively.

In third place was the Samsung Galaxy S8, which had 10.2 million units shipped world-wide in the period. The larger Samsung Galaxy S8+ was next as 9 million pieces of that model …

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro may indeed come in June, 5-6 million units expected to be shipped in 2017

The anticipated new 10.5-inch Apple iPad Pro tablet seems to be just around the corner, and the latest speculations about a possible official announcement in June find another hint coming from hardware manufacturers in Taiwan. According to Digitimes, the mass production of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro has actually started in March or April, and the volume achieved is currently at around 500,000 units a month. What is more, it is expected to reach a level of 600,000 units in July, since the supply chain’s shipments of components for the manufacturers have been increasing …

First batch of assembled Xiaomi Mi 6 units are ready to be shipped

This past Wednesday, the Xiaomi Mi 6 was officially unveiled. Now, the next date of importance for the handset and its fans is April 28th, which is when the flagship model will be launched. Already, registrations are soaring in advance of the first flash sale of the device. For example, on China’s JD.com there have already been over 600,000 consumers planning on taking part in the first flash sale this coming Friday. By one estimation, there could be 2 million registrations for the handset across the many different Chinese platforms that are selling the phone.

With all of that demand, we …