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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Outsold All Other Smartphones in October

The latest data provided by market research firm, Counterpoint, reflects that during the month of October, 2017, Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were the No. 1 and No. 2 best selling smartphone devices, respectively.

According to the firm’s Market Pulse: November Edition, which seeks to provide key insight into current trends in the mobile handset market, Apple’s iPhone 8 flagships are performing much better than we’ve been lead to believe.

This is especially true in comparison to other offerings from Samsung, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi, which also made the list.

As you can see from Counterpoint’s analysis of smartphone sales, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus enjoyed the greatest popularity in October, and especially in relation to Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8+ flagships.

Other contenders include Apple’s older iPhone 6 and iPhone 7, interestingly, which at 1.2 percent apiece were about as popular as Samsung’s aging Galaxy S8+.

“The performance of the Samsung Note 8 was good and the Galaxy S8 series was also decent sequentially,” said Counterpoint analyst, Pavel Naiya, who noted that the South Korean company’s success can be attributed in part to “strategic price moves.”

On the whole, customers veered towards purchasing high-end smartphones in October (those belonging to the ‘Premium’ category of $400+ devices), which has largely been dominated by Apple’s iPhone over the years.

Also worth noting, of course, is that the inherent data does not factor in iPhone X sales, which we can already tell are going to have a huge impact on these figures as they continue pouring in.

The present analysis, while providing insight into U.S. smartphone sales, also highlights the increasing demand for high-end devices in burgeoning markets like India.

Did you pick up a new smartphone this fall? Let us know which kind in the comments!

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Police: Man accused of stealing woman’s iPhone on Pink Line

An Austin neighborhood man who knocked a cellphone from a woman’s hand on the Pink Line has been charged with theft, Chicago police said.

Cedric Williams, 19, was scheduled to appear in Central Bond Court Tuesday on the charge, police said.

The victim, a 24-year-old woman, was sitting in a Pink Line train Nov. 10 about 4:35 p.m. when Williams approached her, grabbed her iPhone and ran away, police said.

The incident was captured on CTA surveillance video, and police arrested Williams, of the 100 block of North Pine Avenue, on Monday after officers identified him as the suspect.

Google is launching 3 new experimental apps on both Android and the iPhone

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  • Google is launching a new research project to develop so-called “appsperiments.”
  • Appsperiments are new apps that use some of Google’s experimental technologies.
  • The company is releasing three new apps today, on both Android and Apple’s iOS.

Google is launching three new experimental apps, named Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies, on iOS and Android (we first saw the news via The Verge).

The first will come just to Android, while Scrubbies is an iOS exclusive; Selfissimo!, on the other hand, will be released on both platforms.

The three apps are parts of a first round of products inside the Google’s new, so-called “appsperiment” program. More apps will come, but the current lineup focuses on photography.

The apps are all built on experimental technologies — a bit like Motion Still, the iOS app that transforms Apple’s Live Photos into universally shareable gifs.

“[The apps] rely on object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding and decoding technologies, and perhaps most importantly, fun!” reads Google’s blog post.

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Storyboard is a nifty app that asks users to upload a video, and then automatically extrapolates six frames out of the clip from which it creates a comic-book like panel.

There are six visual styles, Google says, and up to 1.6 trillion different combinations for its algorithms to churn out.

Scrubbies, iOS’ exclusive apps, lets you use your fingers to scroll through a video’s timeline, DJ style, and record the movement to create a video loop that emphasises movement and action.

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The weirdly named Selfissimo! will make its way to the iPhone and Android phones, and is the simplest app out of this first appsperiments’ wave.

A simple tap on the screen will make your phone start recording (with the front-facing camera), and ask you to strike a few different poses.

The end result is a lot like a photobooth’s, with Google’s app snapping a shot every time you move and giving you back black and white pictures to save and share on social media or elsewhere.

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Police Release Photos of Suspected iPhone Thieves

WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — More than $7,000 worth of iPhones were stolen Tuesday morning from a Walmart in Luzerne County.

Police released security camera pictures of the men they believe were involved in the theft near Wilkes-Barre.

Officers say one man used a hammer to smash a case and steal nine iPhones.

Investigators said he left the store with another man and drove away in a black car, possibly a Chevy Cruz.

Wilkes-Barre Township police believe the same people may be responsible for a similar incident in Lackawanna County.

‘Life is Strange’ comes to iPhone and iPad December 14th

According to developer Black Wing Foundation, the game’s Unreal 4 Engine underpinnings will help everything look even better than before. You’ll also get Life is Strange iMessage stickers and an in-game photo mode. You’ll be able to share both your progress in the game as well as the pictures you take on social media, as well. You can pre-order the game on the App Store now, with the first three episodes coming online on the 14th, with episodes four and five following in the first part of 2018. An Android version is planned for early 2018 as well.

“Everyone here at DONTNOD is really excited to share the adventures of Max and Chloe in Life is Strange with a new audience on mobile,” said CEO Oskar Guilbert in a statement. “We welcome new players to Arcadia Bay’s community and look forward to discovering the story choices that they make during their stay.”

You can now preorder iPhone, iPad apps

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You can now preorder new apps in Apple’s App Store.


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Can’t wait to get a hot new app? Apple now will let you preorder it in the App Store.

The new feature, which Apple detailed for developers Monday, only works for new apps that haven’t been published on the App Store before. They have to hit the store within two to 90 days. Apple notifies you when the app you’ve preordered is available for download and automatically downloads it to your device within 24 hours. 

You won’t be charged for the app until the day it’s released for download, and you can cancel the preorder until the release date. If the developer changes the price during the preorder period, you’re charged whatever rate is lower. If the price goes up on the release date, you still pay the lower rate (or Apple lowers the charge if the release date rate is less than what you had for your preorder). 

To find an app to preorder, you go to a developer’s product page or search results or find it as a featured app in the Today, Games or Apps tabs (assuming Apple features it). 

Preorders work on devices running iOS 11.2, tvOS 11.2 and macOS 10.13.2, currently Apple’s most recent software updates. If your device has an older software version, the buy button is disabled. You’ll have to update your device’s software to preorder the apps you want. 

Apple declined to share further details beyond its page about the feature.

Apple redesigned its App Store with September’s iOS 11 to make it easier to use. The more than 2 million apps in the store have been downloaded more than 180 billion times. 

Apple has long offered a preorder option for video and music downloads in iTunes, and expanding that to its App Store makes it easier for developers to market their upcoming apps. With Nintendo’s Super Mario Run, Apple offered a feature to notify users when the app was available, though some people complained that they didn’t get the notice until long after Super Mario Run hit the App Store.

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Google is launching 3 new experimental apps on both Android and the iPhone

6a584_sundarclose Google is launching 3 new experimental apps on both Android and the iPhoneGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai.Justin Sullivan / Getty Staff

  • Google is launching a new research project to develop so-called “appsperiments.”
  • Appsperiments are new apps that use some of Google’s experimental technologies.
  • The company is releasing three new apps today, on both Android and Apple’s iOS.

Google is launching three new experimental apps, named Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies, on iOS and Android (we first saw the news via The Verge).

The first will come just to Android, while Scrubbies is an iOS exclusive; Selfissimo!, on the other hand, will be released on both platforms.

The three apps are parts of a first round of products inside the Google’s new, so-called “appsperiment” program. More apps will come, but the current lineup focuses on photography.

The apps are all built on experimental technologies — a bit like Motion Still, the iOS app that transforms Apple’s Live Photos into universally shareable gifs.

“[The apps] rely on object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding and decoding technologies, and perhaps most importantly, fun!” reads Google’s blog post.

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Storyboard is a nifty app that asks users to upload a video, and then automatically extrapolates six frames out of the clip from which it creates a comic-book like panel.

There are six visual styles, Google says, and up to 1.6 trillion different combinations for its algorithms to churn out.

Scrubbies, iOS’ exclusive apps, lets you use your fingers to scroll through a video’s timeline, DJ style, and record the movement to create a video loop that emphasises movement and action.

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Discover share this Animated GIF with everyone you know. GIPHY is how you search, share, discover, and create GIFs.

The weirdly named Selfissimo! will make its way to the iPhone and Android phones, and is the simplest app out of this first appsperiments’ wave.

A simple tap on the screen will make your phone start recording (with the front-facing camera), and ask you to strike a few different poses.

The end result is a lot like a photobooth’s, with Google’s app snapping a shot every time you move and giving you back black and white pictures to save and share on social media or elsewhere.

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How to Flash Your iPhone’s LED from Your Apple Watch

As you may know, you can use your Apple Watch to locate your iPhone through the magic of its Control Center. To get there, swipe up from the bottom of your watch face.

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Once Control Center opens, scroll down until you find the little vibratey-phone-icon thing.

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If you tap that, it’ll play a loud sound through your iPhone to help you find it, which works even if the device is muted; however, you can press and hold on this icon as well. When you do so, not only will it give you the same annoying beeping noise, it’ll also flash the iPhone’s LED. This could be important for those of you with hearing loss, for example.

I guess if you wanted to flash the iPhone’s LED without making any associated noise, you could consider opening your Watch’s camera app, pressing firmly on the screen to turn the flash on, and then taking a picture. I can’t imagine why that’d be important, but I dunno. Maybe you’ve got a sleeping baby and you often lose your phone in dark rooms. Maybe you’re trying to avoid waking the Christmas demon that lives under your bed. Whatever works for you!

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Expect to see iPhone and iPad apps up for pre-order in the Apple App Store

Super Mario Run was the first instance of the Apple App Store allowing you to pre-order a title, but from today all developers will be able to do the same for their upcoming software.

It’s something we see quite often within the Google Play Store for Android, not to mention on games consoles, but now those who are using an iPad or iPhone will be able to pre-order titles too.

Developers can start to build the hype for apps and games 90 days ahead of the official release date by listing it on the store.

Straight to your phone

You’ll now be able to press the pre-order button and you’ll then get either the app or the game downloaded to your phone or tablet immediately when it’s released.

If you’re spending money on the title, you’ll only have to pay once the app or game is released. You can also cancel at any time without incurring a charge from Apple or the developer.

Some markets – including the US – are already seeing a pre-order section within the App Store, but we’ve yet to see that in the UK and expect it to roll out in the coming days.

Via TechCrunch

Google Promised a Way to Jailbreak the iPhone and It Delivered

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Last week, a Google security researcher announced that he’d be releasing the goods that are needed to jailbreak the latest iPhones. For years, it was pretty easy to get all the customization options of Android on iOS, but the developer scene has since dried up. Even if you don’t plan on jailbreaking your phone, there’s reason to celebrate.

Jailbreaking is just a method of exploiting a vulnerability in Apple’s mobile operating system that gives an iPhone the ability to install any app you like, customize the interface, run emulators, and basically do anything that Apple has decided it doesn’t like. We haven’t seen a major public jailbreak since iOS 10 for several reasons, so when Google’s Ian Beer announced that he’d be releasing the necessary tools to crack open the iPhone, the jailbreak community rose from its grave in anticipation.

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Beer works on Google’s Project Zero, a unit focused on discovering security issues and informing other developers that something needs to be fixed. The team gives other companies at least 90 days to fix their shit and then releases the information to the public. In this case, Beer found an exploit in iOS 11.1.2 that was fixed on December 2nd. On Monday, Beer followed through on his promise to give away his findings and tweeted a link to the code.

As soon as the link was out, hackers got to work turning it into a full jailbreak. The thing about Beer’s release is that it’s for research purposes only. For now, the only way to take advantage of it is to know what you’re doing and sit there with your phone tethered to a computer. Others will have to do the work of turning this into a convenient app with one-time jailbreaking. This work is already being done and shouldn’t take too long.

The news brought a couple of surprises. One is that the exploit apparently works fine with tvOS 11.x and Apple TV 4K, which could mean that the Apple TV will become a lot more useful—i.e. able to do illegal or prohibited tasks. The other good news is that while Beer said he only tested it on iPhone 7, 6s, and iPod Touch 6G, “adding more support should be easy.” In other words, an iPhone X jailbreak should be around the corner.

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Generally, this is going to be of most interest to tinkerers. If you just have to have an iPhone that acts like an Android, and if you’re willing to take on the security risks that come with running an outdated, cracked system, you’ll be flying high soon. But there are also people out there who just like to make devices do things they aren’t supposed to do. These people can be very helpful to us all. Give them the tools to play around with Apple’s OS, and they might find more things to report to Apple and keep us all safe.

This is a rare occurrence, at least in part, because quietly reporting bugs can be a lucrative business. Beer is unique in that he gets paid to release this stuff to the public. If you want to play around with a jailbreak, you’ll likely be stuck in iOS 11.1.2 for a while.

[Ian Beer via Bleeping Computer]

After years of copying the iPhone, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 will finally copy Apple’s smartest strategy

Samsung wrote the book on copying Apple… literally. No, seriously — back when the company was still trying to break through in the smartphone market, Samsung actually created a 132-page internal document to help its designers and engineers copy the iPhone pixel by pixel. The South Korean conglomerate isn’t the only company that ripped off as much as it could from Apple and its iPhones, but Samsung was the first and clearly the most successful.

In recent years, Samsung has pumped the brakes a bit. The company’s flagship smartphone designs veered away from Apple’s iPhone lineup when the started to feature curved displays, and Samsung has become a bit more selective instead of ripping off every new iPhone feature and every strategic move Apple makes. There is one part of Apple’s smartphone strategy that Samsung has curiously never copied, but it looks like that will finally change with the upcoming Galaxy S9.

In doing some research for another article, I came across an old scoop from Venturebeat’s Evan Blass, who reported on the Galaxy S9 toward the end of November. Most of the details in the post were merely a reiteration of rumors that had already been swirling for weeks or even months, but confirmation from Blass always helps to firm things up.

There are plenty of interesting tidbits in the article, but one area is of particular interest to me. Here’s the excerpt:

Other than their screen sizes, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were nearly identical in every way. Not so this time around, according to the briefed individual. Besides a bigger screen, the S9+ will reportedly offer more RAM (6GB versus 4GB) and a second rear camera, similar to the Note8. Both models pack 64GB of internal storage, supplemented by a microSD slot, and both leave the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack intact.

Blass is citing a single source here, which is never a good thing. That said, earlier reports had already made the same claims: Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will not be the exact same phone in two different sizes. What’s so interesting about that? Well, it just so happens that avoiding feature parity on its iPhones is one of the smartest strategic moves Apple has ever made.

Apple is the most profitable consumer electronics company on the planet thanks to the iPhone. The company pockets billions and billions of dollars each quarter by selling pricey smartphones with sky-high margins. And generally speaking, more expensive iPhone models carry higher margins — do you really think a 256GB flash memory chip costs Apple $150 more than a 64GB chip? Of course it doesn’t.

Apart from the higher margins on models with more storage, Apple is also believed to enjoy higher margins on its “Plus” model iPhones. Apple charges an extra $100 for each Plus model compared to its smaller iPhones, but the difference in cost to Apple is much less. For example, market research firm IHS estimates that each 64GB iPhone 8 carries a BOM of $247.51 for Apple, while the 64GB iPhone 8 Plus costs Apple $288.08 to make. That’s a difference of $40.57, and yet Apple charges $100 more for the Plus model.

From a business standpoint, it’s brilliant. Consumers are clearly willing to pay a premium for the extra size and additional features, and Apple is cashing in. Well, beginning in 2018, it looks like Samsung will finally start to cash in, too.

What are the biggest differences between the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus aside from screen size? Apple includes a dual-lens camera with cool effects in the 8 Plus as opposed to the iPhone 8’s single-lens rear camera, and it includes extra RAM as well to help process all of those cool camera effects. Guess what Samsung will reportedly do in order to add some extra appeal to the Galaxy S9+ next year. Yup, it’s going to add a dual-lens rear camera and extra RAM.

Using unique features as a way to encourage customers to purchase pricier, higher-margin phones is a big part of Apple’s iPhone strategy. Like most other things that Samsung has copied from Apple, I expect this strategy to work wonders for Samsung as well.

Would you buy an Android iPhone X clone for under $300?

You probably aren’t familiar with Leagoo, a small Chinese smartphone company. But chances are you’re very familiar with its products, which appear to be heavily inspired by popular flagship phones from other companies.

Leagoo’s latest phone, the S9, is no exception, setting its sights on Apple’s flagship iPhone X, complete with reduced bezels and the infamous notch that has become the device’s hallmark design feature. (Leagoo is also beating Samsung to the “S9” name by a couple of months, because the company looks like an equal opportunist when it comes to borrowing ideas.)

According to Leagoo, the S9 will cost just a fraction of the iPhone X’s $999 price range, with the copycat set to run for “under $300.” That price isn’t getting you the greatest device, though: the S9 features a MediaTek P40 processor (a competitor for Qualcomm’s midrange Snapdragon 670 chip), 6GB RAM, and 128GB of storage. The display is a 5.85-inch AMOLED panel, and the cameras — housed in a vertically oriented iPhone X-style module, of course — are a pair of 16MP sensors.


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There’s not a ton more information on the S9 out there beccause Leagoo hasn’t even officially announced it, despite sending over high-resolution pictures and a spec sheet to The Verge’s tip line. But it’s clearly an iPhone X clone, right down to the glass and aluminum design.

To slightly differentiate its device, Leagoo has opted for a fingerprint sensor on the back, the bottom bezel looks a little taller than Apple’s (similar more to the Essential Phone in that regard), and, of course, there’s a Leagoo logo on the back.

If Leagoo’s last phone — the S8, which cheekily copies Samsung’s Galaxy S8 flagship — is anything to go by, the S9 probably won’t be a “good” phone in the same way that the iPhone X is the best phone you can buy right now. But if you have $300 burning a hole in your pocket and you really want to get in on that #notchlife without giving up the comforts of Android, then that is technically possible now (if not entirely recommended).

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The biggest iPhone game of 2017, HQ Trivia, is coming to Android for Christmas

  • Smash-hit iPhone game “HQ Trivia” is coming to Android on Christmas, the game’s maker says.
  • The game combines trivia questions with a live video feed of a host, and it’s become a massive success.
  • Thus far, the game was limited by its availability on one platform.

The breakout hit iPhone game of 2017 has undoubtedly been “HQ Trivia,” a live trivia game that went from curiosity to viral hit seemingly overnight. And now, in a few weeks, it’s finally coming to Android.

The makers announced the news in a tweet on December 5, which read, “Hey world, we hear you also have Android phones? HQ has a nice little stocking stuffer coming your way.” The game’s Twitter profile more directly confirms the release date: “Coming for Android this Christmas,” it says.

In the last few weeks, “HQ Trivia” has exploded in popularity and users. Live games regularly garner a quarter million players, all attempting to answer every question correctly – winners get real cash as a prize, which is paid out to players through Paypal.

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It’s this combination of trivia, cash prizes, and a live video feed that’s drawn so many players. But it’s one of the game’s “hosts,” a man named Scott Rogowsky, who’s kept so many fans invested.

Rogowsky is the man in the suit seen above, known for his quirky personality and penchant for creating slang words. He calls players “HQties” (pronounced “H-cuties”), makes hilarious hand gestures, and lets slip little bits about himself while hosting the phone-based, live game show. He’s often the subject of memes from the game’s prolific, passionate fanbase.

He even appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” due to the game’s massive sudden popularity:

It’s not clear which Android phones will work with “HQ Trivia” when it arrives on December 25, but we’d expect the last few years of major flagship phones from Samsung, LG, and others to be included.

Apple iPhone X Supply Improves In Time For Christmas

Apple‘s (AAPL) iPhone X will be home for Christmas for shoppers interested in getting the company’s flagship handset this holiday season.

Analysts say Apple’s production of the 11th-generation smartphone could catch up with demand by the end of this month.

The iPhone X was in short supply when it went on sale Nov. 3, with expected delivery wait times of about a month. On Monday, Apple said iPhone X units purchased online would be delivered in two to four days. Many models were listed as available for same-day pickup in stores.

“IPhone X supply improved materially over the past week both in-store and online,” Gene Munster, a managing partner of Loup Ventures, said in a blog post Sunday. “We now believe iPhone X will be near global supply demand equilibrium by the end of December or early January. Previously, we had anticipated iPhone X would reach global supply demand equilibrium by mid- to late January.”

That change should help iPhone sales numbers and average selling prices in the December quarter, he said.


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Apple shares were up 1.5%, near 171.90, in morning trading on the stock market today.

In other Apple news, the consumer electronics giant reportedly is near a deal to buy music-identification app Shazam for about $400 million, TechCrunch and others reported.

The popular app allows users to identify songs by sound.

Apple would link the Shazam app more tightly with its Apple Music service and iOS operating system, according to media reports.

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This Chinese Company Just Announced An iPhone X Clone Named The ‘Notch’

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Behold… the Boway Notch.

The iPhone X has been a generally well-reviewed device, but if there’s one aspect that have drawn the most criticism and mockery — and the one target at which other tech giants have taken shots — it’s that notch at the top of the display, which Apple officials call “sensor housing.”

Personally, the notch (Hong Kong Chinese media amusingly calls it an “M head,” which is Cantonese slang for a receding hairline) doesn’t bother me most of the time when I’m using the phone upright, but when I watch full-screen videos in landscape mode, it is a constant reminder of the design compromises Apple made to mimic a true bezel-less face.

Even Apple’s marketing team seems to be aware of this, as some of its promotional material curiously cuts off the “sensor housing.”

Based in the Hangzhou province of China, Boway is an OEM which has specialized in making printers and cutting machines since 1996. The Notch is its first foray into the world of consumer electronics. And from the looks of the launch event circulating on Weibo, the company is keen to make a big marketing push, even securing two Chinese celebrities to endorse the iPhone X clone.

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Chinese celebrities endorsing the iPhone X clone.

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I’ve covered my fair share of Chinese ripoff phones — they’ve mostly copied the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Xiaomi Mi Mix so far — and contrary to western perception, they are not unsable. Sure, the lack of respect for intellectual property is amusing/frustrating, but other than that, these phones are fully functional and can get the job done for most average joes who just send emails and browse Facebook and Instagram.

These clones usually sell for under $200 and feature a mid-tier MediaTek processor. There’s no information on the Boway Notch yet, but it appears to be going this route.

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Another look at the Boway Notch.

It’s worth pointing out that the device has a fingerprint reader on the back — something the iPhone X does not have — which means the Boway Notch will very likely not have facial unlock. This makes the the notch mostly for looks, because the iPhone X’s notch is used to store a very intricate set of sensors that combine to form the “TrueDepth” camera system.

I have reached out to Boway and will definitely try to test the device. From the look of the photos though, it appears to have done a great job of mimicking Apple’s design.

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