Galaxy S9 sales finally surpass 1 million units in South Korea, Samsung confirms

Samsung has officially confirmed sales figures for the Galaxy S9 series in South Korea. The number one smartphone manufacturer still expects the Galaxy S9 line to outperform last year’s Galaxy S8 devices, although the company’s sales figures suggest the new devices are lagging behind slightly.

Since the Galaxy S9 series launched back in March, Samsung has confirmed its new lineup has sold 1 million units in its home country, taking just under two months to do so. For comparison, last year’s flagship devices took just 37 days to reach that number, while even 2011’s Galaxy S2 reached the …


Apple set to sell 440 million iPhone units over the course of 2018 and 2019

Apple could be set to sell a total of 440 million iPhone units across 2018 and 2019. Despite many claims that the Silicon Valley-based company is facing a sales drop due to the higher cost of the iPhone X, analyst Gene Munster expects the brand to sustain a high volume of sales over the course of this year and next.

Specifically, the analyst is forecasting iPhone sales of 220 million units in both 2018 and 2019, which also coincides with Wall Street’s estimates. The reason behind this is a new phase of “greater iPhone visibility” which should strengthen future sales despite high price tags …

Tomorrow is the last day to enter Samsung's 12v12 contest with 100 Galaxy S9+ units up for grabs

What’s better than buying a Samsung Galaxy S9+? Getting one for free, of course! And tomorrow, May 8th, is the last day you can enter Sammy’s contest to win one of 100 Galaxy S9+ units directly from the manufacturer. You can enter using the Instagram app or via a Twitter tweet. And all you have to do is suggest a location for one of the company’s 12v12 pictures. These are two photos of a landmark taken by a Galaxy S9 series phone. One is snapped in the afternoon and the other at midnight; this allows consumers to judge how well the camera and photo processing work on Samsung’s 2018 flagships, especially …

Analysts expect Apple to report sales of 52 million iPhone units for fiscal Q2, up 2.4% YOY

After the stock market closes at 4pm in New York today, Apple will release its fiscal second quarter earnings. Wall Street analysts expect Apple to report sales of 52 million Apple iPhone units during the three month period, which ran from January through March. That would be a 2.4% hike from the 50.8 million handsets that Apple sold during the same quarter last year. It also would be a traditional decline from the previous quarter, which includes the holiday shopping season. In that quarter, Apple sold a record 77.3 million iPhone handsets, 27 million of which were the iPhone X.

With the …

Meet Daisy, the robot that disassembles old and unwanted iPhone units for usable parts

Hey gang, did you know that tomorrow is Earth Day? Well, at least someone at Apple did. The company has launched its Earth Day Apple GiveBack plan that not only will help the environment, it will also help those returning an old or unwanted iPhone. With Apple GiveBack, those returning an eligible device will receive credit in the form of an Apple Store gift card to use for a future purchase. These returned iPhone models can be stripped of usable parts (more on that later). From now through April 30th, Apple will make a donation to Conservation International for every handset it receives …

Huawei P20 sales to surpass 20 million units in 2018

Huawei expects to sell over 20 million Huawei P20 units in 2018. The Chinese company has already revealed its hopes to overtake Apple within the next year or two, and it appears the company’s latest flagship device will be central to this strategy.

In an interview with Huawei’s CEO, Richard Yu, the executive admitted the company is aiming to surpass 20 million shipments when it comes to the P20 lineup, which includes the regular Huawei P20 alongside both the budget P20 Lite and the premium P20 Pro. These figures are certainly not out of reach when the company’s recent growth rate is considered, …

Galaxy Note 8 units in France start getting Oreo. Global update soon?

Although Samsung has been working on an Android 8 Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 for a while now, it did hit what seemed to be a mild speedbump back in February. The patch went live for a little bit, but it was quickly pulled by Samsung as some users began complaining of unexpected reboots after installing it.

It seems things have been fixed, as we are getting reports that users are getting their updates again. Yesterday, we heard that Verizon Galaxy S8 and S8+ units were getting Android 8 Oreo. Today, we learn that Galaxy Note 8 users in France are getting Oreo goodness!

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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 …

Apple offers free repair to fix a serious issue on a "small percentage" of iPhone 7 units

Apple is now offering free repairs to those with an iPhone 7 suffering from a pretty serious glitch. A component failure found on a “small percentage” of units is making it appear as though the device is not connected to a cellular network when in truth, it really is. Apple said that those units suffering from this problem were sold from September 2016 to February 2018 (that is this month, by the way) in the U.S., China, Hong Kong, Japan and Macau.

Those who already paid for a repair to fix this matter will be reimbursed by the company. This happens to be the fourth component replacement …

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. …