Tencent is a company you probably haven’t heard of, but that doesn’t mean they’re not important. Over 700 million people use their instant messaging client QQ. According to DigiTimes, last week the company launched a service called “WeChat” in Taiwan. What exactly is WeChat? It’s another OTT (over the top) messaging platform, similar to how WhatsApp and Viber work.
We’ve seen HTC’s J Butterfly and Oppo’s Find 5 prancing around with the first 1080p displays, we know that Sony is prepping an impressive 5-incher, but also a gargantuan 6-incher, and now Huawei is joining this crazy race with… a 6.1-incher.
Although it’s still not where some thought it could get, China’s “affordable mobile revolution” has brought some pleasant surprises of late. Tech manufacturers like Huawei, ZTE, Oppo or Xiaomi, which didn’t say much to Westerners a few months ago, have come a long way, teasing us with an entire series of budget-conscious super-phones. We aren’t going to get into the whole limited global availability debacle, which doesn’t allow phones like the MI-Two or Find 5 to reach all the people that are literally drooling over them, but we are going to bring to your attention a new name to join…
Though it’s still viewed as a somewhat exotic name by many tech enthusiasts in the West, Xiaomi is definitely making waves in its native land of China. After selling 3.5 million units of its first ever Android phone, the MI-One, in less than a year, the company is driving people nuts with the second gen Mi-Two and MI-One S phones.
We have two Android-based tablets released that can compete with the new iPad at least in terms of the screens’ resolutions. The Cube U9GT 5 and Chuwi V99 are as exotic as they are hard to find, but if you’re not fazed with the possible poor build quality of Chinese tabs coming from no-name companies, you should be happy to hear about their existence.
Last week a report from the U.S. House Intelligence Committee accused Chinese manufacturers Huawei and ZTE of being a threat to national security. Both companies were quick to deny the claims, but a number of complaints have emerged in the days following the report and suspicions of Chinese espionage will be investigated further.
Ask your parents what Americans thought of Russia when they were growing up. Chances are you’ll hear horrible stories about communism, nuclear weapons, and espionage. After the collapse of the USSR in 1991, America stopped being scared of Mother Russia. The new enemy became China.
There’s a very exciting race currently going on for the first few phones powered by quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processors to get official launches. Right now, LG’s Optimus G is in pole-position for the number one spot into the limelight, although the number of contenders is growing by the day, with the Xiaomi Mi-Two, Pantech Vega R3 and Oppo Find 5’s wide releases being only a matter of time.
Although promises were made and prototypes were shown, we’re yet to see an Android-based tablet capable of getting near the iPad’s Retina Display even with seven months gone after the new Apple slate’s release.
Another phone is joining the select club of cloned devices, but in a surprising twist it’s not one that has been very well received by either critics or the public. That’s right, it’s the is-it-a-phone-or-a-camera Nokia 808 PureView.