Apple iPhone X was still on top of the smartphone world in March

Counterpoint Research released its list of the top selling smartphones during March, the latest data available. Remaining on top during the month was the Apple iPhone X, with 3.5% of the market. In second place, with 2.3% of global smartphone sales for the 31 days was the Apple iPhone 8 Plus. And for the first time in history, Xiaomi was the proud producer of the top selling Android handset, which for March was the Redmi 5A and its 1.8% share of sales. The latter narrowly beat out the Oppo A83 mid-range model.
Also in a virtual tie were Samsung’s 2018 flagship phones. …

Verizon to offer the RED Hydrogen One holographic smartphone (UPDATE: AT&T too)

UPDATE: AT&T confirmed as well that it will sell the RED Hydrogen One “later this summer.” On the plus side, AT&T also offers consumers the chance to get a first look at the holographic smartphone through a demo at AT&T SHAPE at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles, on June 2-3.
Verizon has just announced it will carry the RED Hydrogen One, world’s first holographic smartphone. In addition to the new smartphone, the company behind the smartphone will launch the HYDROGEN network, an exclusive network of channels with 4-View …

HMD may launch a new Nokia 3 smartphone later this year

HMD Global made a habit of launching beefed-up variants of its Nokia-branded smartphones. It happened with the Nokia 6, Nokia 7 and Nokia 8, and it’s about to happen again with the Nokia 3.

Nokia 3 is more of an entry-level rather than a mid-range smartphone, which made its debut on the market about a year ago. The phone embeds a 1.4GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB expandable storage.

Well, it looks like HMD Global plans to launch a better-specced version of the low-end device, which will be named Nokia 3.1 or Nokia 3 (2018). The name of the unannounced …

Razer sets China event for May 22, smartphone launch hinted at

Razer has just announced a new launch event in China set to take place on May 22. The popular gaming brand initially launched the Razer Phone back in November, but in recent times its competition has been increasing due to launches from Chinese brands Xiaomi and ZTE. In the wake of this, the California-based company has announced it will be holding an event on May 22 in China.

It’s currently unclear what the company will be revealing at the event, but the teaser the company has published certainly hints at an upcoming product launch. Now, there are two possible outcomes to this. The first …

Finney, the first blockchain smartphone, features flagship specs and price

Back in March, we told you about Finney, Sirin Labs’ blockchain phone. Developed for cryptocurrency Bitcoin, blockchain is an anonymous peer-to-peer network that all members of said network can see. Any change to the blockchain must be approved by those in the network. It is said to be immune to hacking, and thus provides a safer backdrop for keeping track of financial transactions.

Sirin Labs has just released updated specs for the Finney smartphone, which will be the first connected handset to support blockchain. The device will carry a 6-inch screen with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a …

Asus could take on Razer with its own ROG-branded gaming smartphone

Asus could be about to launch a smartphone under its Republic of Gamers brand. In recent times a certain gaming smartphone trend has been developing in the mobile industry, with brands such as Razer, Xiaomi, and ZTE all producing their own unique devices. Now, according to a new rumor, it appears Asus may be about to challenge the trio with its own smartphone offering.

As stated by the information, Asus’ device will be launched under the popular Republic of Gamers brand, or ROG for short. In terms of what the smartphone will offer, a Snapdragon 845 is said to be inside, with this being …

Motorola's newest patent is a foldable smartphone that turns into a tablet

Motorola, or better say Lenovo, doesn’t want to be left behind in the race for the first foldable smartphone, hence the new patent the company filed recently. Although the patent that shows a smartphone that unfolds into a tablet was filed back in September 2016, it was approved in March 2018.

Designing a truly foldable smartphone is definitely a tremendous task, not to mention that developing one that’s ready for mass market is even harder, so Motorola working on a device that can switch from a smartphone to a tablet factor seems close to impossible.

The …

Huawei Y3 2018 goes official as the company's first Android Go smartphone

With the launch of Android Go, Google wants to make sure that everyone gets to enjoy the latest features offered by its mobile platform, including those who can’t afford to buy flagship smartphones.

Huawei is the latest handset maker that declares allegiance to Android Go by launching the entry-level Y3 2018, the sequel to the Y3 2017, which made its debut on the market exactly one year ago.

Although there’s no info on pricing yet, we do know the smartphone will be available in white, grey and gold. As far as the specs go, Huawei Y3 2018 is as entry-level as it gets. The phone has …

Chinese smartphone shipments continue to fall, decline 34% from last quarter

Last week, we told you that global smartphone shipments dropped 2.9% in the first quarter led by a decline in Chinese smartphone shipments. While we knew that the number of shipments in China declined to less than 100 million units for the first time since Q3 of 2013, we now have a better handle on the weakness in that country. According to a fresh report published on Friday, the number of smartphones shipped in China during the first quarter of 2018 tallied less than 90 million units.

Some of the decline can be blamed on the Chinese Lunar New Year. The holiday cut into smartphone production. …

Samsung to announce the Galaxy S10 in January to make room for its foldable smartphone

Samsung is trying to outmaneuver the competition each year by launch its flagship smartphones earlier than usual. Both the Galaxy S9 and Note 8 came a couple of weeks earlier than its predecessors, but the Galaxy S10 may give a new meaning to the word “earlier.”

It appears that Samsung has given the green light to its “foldable smartphone” project and has decided that the best release window for the device would be the one that coincides with the Galaxy S10’s announcement.

Because Samsung doesn’t want the Galaxy S10 or its upcoming foldable smartphone to steal each others spotlight, …