Category: Smartphones

$69 iNew phone with 5″ AMOLED and blood pressure smartwatch

Posted by – December 22, 2016

iNew is a smartphone manufacturer that demos here their L7 model with a 5” AMOLED display, dual-core processor (options up to octa-core), metal back with a fingerprint sensor, an 1800mAh battery, and it runs Android 5.1 (upgradeable to v6). Price quoted is around US$69 for 3k units. The U9 is a 6” model with a 3000mAh battery, quad-core processor, 2.5D curved glass display, 8MP+2MP camera config, and LTE connectivity. Their smartwatch displays real-time heart rate, sleep quality, blood pressure and steps taken, and costs US$120 approx. Lastly, on display are their smartphones, with the cheapest one selling for US$30 approx with an MTK6580 chipset, 1GB RAM, and 4” display.

EziSmart smartphone keyboard case for elderly

Posted by – December 22, 2016

EziSmart is a company based in Norway with factories in Shenzhen. The EziSmart K1 is a range of keyboard cases that one can insert a phone into, to enable a hardware (non-QWERTY) keyboard. Targeted towards the elderly, the case can be flipped close to reveal an SOS button and four buttons for instant use. The company’s app displays the caller’s name in the open window on the case, with hardware buttons for picking up and ending calls. Their feature phone comes with a heart rate monitor, a pedometer and keypad with large keys.

Venus 5.5 and Venus X smart phone Qualcomm CPU by Vestel

Posted by – December 20, 2016

The Turkish Company Vestel shows their Turkish-Produced smart phone brand “Venus” on IFA 2015.
The Venus series phone is powered with Qualcomm processor, running Android 5.1 Lollipop, comes with nice design, and will be available at an affordable price for the European market soon.
Venus X, with sharp contours, and Venus V, with a more rounded design.
The 5.5” Venus model features a 13-megapixel camera, 16GB memory, the 4G LTE and NFC technologies. The 5.0” Venus model features excellent battery life.

40$ Tablet, $94 14″ Laptop, 360 cameras by First View

Posted by – December 17, 2016

First View is an ODM partner for companies such as Intel and produces ODM designs for ARM processors as well. First View has tablet and convertible reference designs running on Mediatek and Allwinnner processors. First View designs run Remix OS. 7″ designs are available for 40 USD MOQ. The 14″ Intel notebook design sells for 94 USD MOQ. First view makes security terminals for education market, multi cam Cameras, and sensors for phones for heart and blood pressures.

Moto Z Moto Mods Developer Program on Indiegogo, Hackathons

Posted by – November 16, 2016

After my initial video showing off the Moto Z and its awesome Moto Mods, here is an Interview with Stephen McDonnell, Director of the Moto Mods Developer Program and with Christian Flowers, Engineer on the Moto Mods platform, talking about the plans that Motorola has to promote their awesome Moto Mods ecosystem, promoting ideas and innovative development through Indiegogo at https://enterprise.indiegogo.com/motomods/ and through Hackathons in New York, in the Silicon Valley and elsewhere to come read more at http://modthefuture.com/

Moto Z, Projector, Camera, Speaker, Battery MotoMods


Lenovo Motorola Moto Z is an amazing new Smartphone, with Greybus (watch the video that I filmed with Greg Kroah-Hartman on their Greybus development for Google’s discontinued Project Ara) based data and hot-swappable power pogopin docking technology on an ultra-thin Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Smartphone design, with options to dock a TI DLP Pico Projector MotoMod, a Hasselblad True Zoom Photo/Video Camera, JBL SoundBoost Speaker and the Incipio offGRID Power Pack, all MotoMods that customizes and expands the functionalities of a Smartphone. An absolutely fascinating potential evolution for the Smartphone market, Motorola is developing a potentially amazing ecosystem for future-proof MotoMods that can turn your Smartphone into a Project, into a point-and-shoot quality Camera, into an amazingly loud Speaker and that can expand its battery life easily. All these MotoMods are magnetically locked onto the back of the Moto Z. Now Motorola is also releasing the Moto Mods Development Kit to enable third parties to develop new MotoMods for the Moto Z, for example I hope someone makes an ultra-thin E Ink Mobius (flexible, plastic and non-glass) display for the back-size of the smartphone, a Kent Displays CH-LCD based notes taking back case and a LapDock Laptop Dock to use the Moto Z to power the Ultra-thin Laptop dock and desktop dock. The functionalities of Moto Z can also expand through the TurboPower fast charging USB Type C which I have used with USB Type C to SD card adapter, for example to upload videos from my SD card to YouTube. The possibilities with the Moto Z ecosystem are very, very interesting. But for these to get the attention of the consumers worldwide, I think that Lenovo/Motorola needs to lower the price of the bundles to around $599 for the phone including the Projector MotoMod, $699 including Projector and E Ink MotoMod, $349 or $399 for the Moto Z by itself (instead of the current $699). $699 should also be a bundle to include an ultra-thin and ultra-light small bezel 13.3″ Laptop Dock and Desktop Dock MotoMod and with the appropriate Remix OS like Android implementation through Android Nougat to support full Android Powered Productivity on the external display.

360 video: China Sourcing Fair 2016 part2


Watch this video in your VR headset or use your phone with a cardboard/VR adapter for best experience! Walking around the China Sourcing Fair AsiaWorld Expo showfloor from filming the JingTeng turning head security robot, filming at the Veidoo booth showing their $28 All-in-one VR headset, Foxcom, Appscom Smartwatches booth, the latest Alldocube 2-in-1 Laptops and Snapdragon 210 Phablets and finishing off with the 10.3″ E Ink mockup at the Boyue booth. Filmed using the Shuoying 1080p dual-lens Panoview 360 VR camera, see my Interviews and my Factory Tour with Shuoying here: http://armdevices.net/category/companies/shuoying/

Alldocube 13.5″ (3000×2000) Reference Design Laptop and Reference Design Phablet For Windows and Android


Alldcube is an ODM that makes reference designs for other companies to use on various products such Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones with ARM and x86. Alldocube has a unreleased 13.5″ (3000×2000) reference design laptop with undisclosed internals. Alldocube has ARM reference designs for laptops and Tablets. Alldocube 6.98″ HD (1280×720) phablets have an msm 8909 processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 marketed by Allwinner to be used with Android or Windows phone.

Ulefone Power with 6000mAh

Posted by – October 30, 2016

The Ulefone 3035 features a 6000mh battery with a 64 bit octa core processor, lte and full hd display. Ulefone also makes a rugged phone called the armor with an IP68 specification for water resistance and resistance other forms of damage.
http://ulefone.com/

Latest Allwinner products, Laptops, 2-in-1, VR, Tablets, IoT, Robots, Drones, Car DVRs


Tour of the Allwinner showroom at China Sourcing Fair 2016, with Damien from the Allwinner Business Development group (industry insiders can contact him at Damien@allwinnertech.com), showing the latest products powered by Allwinner on the market, such as the Phoenix OS based Laptop, Double OS (dual UI of Android) for 2-in-1 market developed in partnership with the Phoenix OS team, the latest Android Marshmallow tablets, including the Aikun Morphus X300 powered by Allwinner. Here also are presented the latest Allwinner powered all-in-one VR devices starting with Allwinner A33 and support for A83T and A64 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53. Allwinner also shows some Smart Home IoT type products powered by Allwinner such as smart vacuum cleaner, smart home robot and smart wifi speaker (Amazon Alexa or Google Home possibly possible), talking about next year’s successor of the Allwinner A33 for the tablet market, which they might do on a lower nanometer to lower power consumption and optimize the low-cost Tablet market further. Allwinner shows some of their Phablets released in partnership with qualcomm, where Allwinner is helping to get shipped Qualcomm based LTE tablets on Snapdragon 200 and 400 series working with the design houses and factories in Shenzhen to get them done more. Allwinner has a big position in the auto market with after market smart Android powered smart mirrors, smart car dashboard and Smart car-dvr products which are quite popular in China, adding object recognition, car parking support, lane departure and car distance alerts and more. Allwinner is also in Drones with their camera chip, in E Ink Android based e-readers, smart speakers (with multi-room sync), and web-TV Karaoke tablets popular in the Chinese market.

$139 Elephone S7 and R9, MediaTek deca-core Helio X20 with 5.5″ FHD JDI bezel-less display

Posted by – October 22, 2016

Elephone S7 is a beautiful phone starting at $139 are showing their newest 5.5″ FHD 1080p JDI curved-to-sides bezel-less display, running on the MediaTek Helio X20 MTK6797, tri-cluster dual ARM Cortex-A72, quad high frequency ARM Cortex-A53 and quad low frequency ARM Cortex-A53. Runs Android 6.0, has Front 5.0MP + Rear 13.0MP with AF and flash light, BT4.0, GPS, Hotknot, OTG, OTA, Iris Recognition, Smart gestures, Wake Gesture, 3000mAh, Dual nano SIM dual standby. Comes with 2GB/3GB and 4GB RAM with 16/32/64GB Flash. You can pre-order this phone at http://www.elephone.hk

the official video is here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRYl8fEywmY

Drone Lead-Go smartphones with MTK6735P, MTK6572/6582

Posted by – September 20, 2016

Drone Lead-go (HK) Digit Technology Co., Ltd is a HongKong-based manufacturer of that shows here their DLG502 smartphone running a 5” 720p display, MediaTek MTK6735P chipset, 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, 8MP + 2MP front/rear camera configuration, and LTE connectivity for Chinese TDD bands. It sells for US$52 at an MoQ of 3000 units. The DLG5W5 uses MTK6582, 5” TN LCD display (854x480px), 512MB RAM, VGA+2MP camera configuration, 4GB ROM and 3G connectivity for US$33. Their 3G tablet with an 8” display costs US$39.

Shenzhen Banana tablets and smartphones with MTK6582, RK3688


Shenzhen Banana Technology Co., Ltd., is based in Shenzhen and started off as a trading company. They now have their own manufacturing plant and make tablets. Manufacturing approximately 50k pieces per month, their most popular tablet is shown here. It uses an Intel chipset and costs US$65. The other, larger tablet uses a RockChip RK3688 CPU and has what seems like a 10.1” display. The 7” Intel model sells for US$40. Tablets have been made for 5 years and smartphones for 2 years – they show a model with a MediaTek MT6582 quad-core CPU that sells for US$53.

Quality Industrial glasses-free 3D smartphone

Posted by – September 11, 2016

China-based Quality Industrial manufactures a range of smartphones, also on display here. The highlight is the flagship  3D model, which features a 6” 1080p screen that allows playing of 3D content without having to use glasses. It runs on MediaTek  MTK6752VL which uses ARM Cortex-A53 architecture at 2 GHz. The phone ships with Android 5.1. It has 13 MP rear and 5MP front camera which  shoots 3D pictures using only a single sensor, taking multiple shots for depth.It costs US$175.

Oppo N3 swiveling camera smartphone

Posted by – September 11, 2016

The Oppo N3 is a smartphone with a swiveling camera above the screen that rotates through a motor, as demonstrated here. This allows one to use the same camera for the front and the back, as well as the flash. The phone runs Oppo’s ColorOS built on top of Android v4.4 KitKat. It features a Snapdragon 801 chipset with 5.5” 1080p display, 32GB of onboard expandable storage, 2GB RAM, and a fixed 3000mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with QHD display

Posted by – June 29, 2016

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 both feature Super AMOLED displays at QHD (2560x1440px) of 5.5” and 5.1” respectively, 4GB RAM, 32/64GB of onboard expandable storage, a 12MP camera with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and 4K video recording, and a 5MP front camera. Depending on markets, the phones come with either Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset (dual 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual 1.6 GHz Kryo cores) or Samsung LSI’s own Exynos 8890 (4x 2.3 GHz Mongoose + 4x 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 cores) and boot Android v6.0 Marshmallow. Both phones are IP68 water and dust proof certified.

Sony Xperia X Predictive Hybrid Autofocus in action

Posted by – June 29, 2016

Sony Xperia X is an upper-midrange device that comes with a 5” 1920x1080px LCD, Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chipset (Dual ARM Cortex-A72 at 1.8 GHz & quad ARM Cortex-A53 at 1.4 GHz), 3GB RAM, 32/64GB of internal storage and expandable storage (up to 256GB), optional Dual-SIM connectivity, and with Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. The 23MP rear camera features phase-detect autofocus for extremely fast focusing they’ve called it Hybrid Auto-focus as demonstrated. The front camera is a 13MP unit that can shoot 1080p video. The phone’s 2620mAh battery can be charged to 60% in half an hour of fast charging.

MediaTek Pump Express 3.0 fast 5V/5A charging using Type-C, 20min to charge 70% of smartphone

Posted by – May 30, 2016

MediaTek shows what they claim is the world’s fastest charging technology that they call MediaTek Pump Express 3.0, it uses USB Type-C, using any standard USB Type-C cable, it can charge a smartphone battery to 70% in 20 minutes; charging for 5 minutes allows for 4 hours of talk time. Mediatek claims Pump Express 3.0 is ready for mass production on MediaTek P20 SoC with their design for a new 5V/5A USB Type-C power adaptor. MediaTek claims to be the first to enable Direct Charge, which bypasses charging circuitry inside the phone and prevents device from overheating by routing the electrical current directly from the adaptor to the battery. MediaTek claims it is Ultra Safe, with 20+ protection mechanisms due to the high 5V/5A charging power.Filmed in 4K using Sony AX53.

Distributors/Brands can contact the MediaTek Pump Express 3.0 team here:
SY Lin, Sr. Manager
sy.lin@mediatek.com (let them know you watched this video)

sub-$400 Windows Continuum Moly PcPhone on Snapdragon 617


Moly PcPhone is a Windows 10 Continuum phone powered by the 64bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, features with 6’’ Full HD JDI display at 1920×1080, 3GB RAM, 32GB Flash, dual-band WiFi, 3900mAh battery and USB Type-C. Moly PcPhone come with dual-sim card slot, supports Windows Continuum with WiDi wireless display to stream the real-time Windows 10 desktop to a big TV screen or Monitor via a 60Ghz WiDi HDMI dongle. The retail price of Moly PcPhone can be somewhere below $400 (end price depends on distrobutor/market). Read more at http://molypcphone.com

$279 Zopo Speed 8 Deca-core MediaTek X20, Zopo S Color 5 at 129€ and Zopo S Color 5.5 at 149€

Posted by – April 11, 2016

Zopo Speed 8 is going to be the first phone shipping with 10-core MediaTek X20, dual ARM Cortex-A72 + quad-ARM Cortex-A53 high clock speed and quad-ARM Cortex-A53 lower clock speed, runs stock Android 6.0, USB Type-C, 32GB Flash, 4GB RAM, white and black available for $279 on pre-order at http://www.zopomobileshop.com/369-zopo-speed-8-smartphone.html shipping by the end of the month or early next month. Zopo S Color 5.5 is 149€ and the Zopo S Color 5 is 129€ on MT6735 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53.