HTC ends Q3 on a $19 million profit, hopes for the best in Q4

Just like its unaudited report suggested earlier this month, HTC continues its winning streak in Q3. HTC’s financial report for the Q3 2014 states the company made a profit of $ 19 million (NT$ 0.6 billion). Revenue for the period is $ 1.38 billion (NT$ 41.9 billion), which is down from $ 2.17 billion from the previous quarter.

gsmarena 001 HTC ends Q3 on a $19 million profit, hopes for the best in Q4

The company is content with how the HTC One (M8) held its ground for the period and continued to sell well despite growing competition. The mid-range Desire line-up is also profitable for HTC, but it didn’t specify exact shipment figures for any device.

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Xiaomi could be working on a low-end 9.2-inch tablet

Now that it’s become the world’s No.3 smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi may be looking to expand its tablet lineup, which so far consists only of the .

The Chinese company’s next tablet may be a decidedly low-end affair, however. A new benchmark result has surfaced, and with it a spec list for a yet unreleased Xiaomi device with a 9.2-inch touchscreen.

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The new tablet will have a low-res panel, with 1,280×720 resolution. This isn’t standard for Android tablets (which usually go for 1,280×800 and a slightly squarer aspect ratio), then again the MiPad didn’t come with a standard resolution and aspect ratio for the Android world either.

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Samsung Gear S lands on AT&T and Sprint on November 7

T-Mobile US announced just few hours ago it will be carrying the Samsung Gear S SIM-enabled smartwatch. It is offering it with a 2-year contract on $ 0 upfront and 24 payments of $ 14.58. The monthly plan costs just $ 5 and includes unlimited talks, texts and data.

gsmarena 001 Samsung Gear S lands on AT&T and Sprint on November 7

AT&T and Sprint has just announced their pricing and availability details. AT&T will offer you the Samsung Gear S for $ 199.99 with a two-year contract. AT&T’s suggests add the Gear S to a Mobile Share plan for $ 10 per month.

Sprint’s take on the pricing is similar to T-Mobile’s – the Samsung Gear S will cost you $ 0 upfront on Sprint plus 24 payments of $ 16 (a total of $ 384). The best thing you can do on Sprint is also to add the Gear S on a Family Share Plan for $ 10 per month.

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Samsung sees lowest profits since Q3 2011

Samsung is one of the phone manufacturers that make a significant profit (the other being Apple), but this last quarter the South Korean giant experienced a downturn. The consolidated revenue came out to $ 44.7 billion, down from $ 56 billion in Q3 last year. The company marked its lowest profits since Q3 2011.

The mobile division, which has been the most profitable part of Samsung in recent years, saw the biggest drop of 15% in sales. However, the bigger problem is that operating profit slid to $ 1,653 million, down from $ 4,179 million in Q2 this year and $ 6,350 million a year ago.

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Samsung points to a shift in the product mix – it was mostly cheap and mid-range handsets that sold in this quarter, which lead to a big drop in the Average Selling Price (ASP). The Galaxy S5 sales dropped off and the Galaxy Note 4 only came out too late in the quarter.

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HTC Desire D816h with 5″ display visits TENAA

Unannounced HTC Desire D816h made a visit to TENAA. The 5” smartphone appears to be a more compact version of the 5.5” HTC Desire 816 we already know.

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HTC Desire D816h features MediaTek MT6592 chipset with 1.7GHz octa-core CPU and a gig of RAM. The rest of its specs include 8GB of expandable memory, 8MP main camera, 5MP front-facing unit, and Android 4.4.2. There’s no LTE on board.

Measures of HTC Desire D816h are 156.6×78.7×8 mm. Its weight tips the scale at 162 grams.

We don’t when will HTC Desire D816h debut just yet. We’ll keep you posted when we find out.

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Samsung Galaxy A series lands in November to fight Xiaomi

Samsung’s incredibly oft-leaked Galaxy A series is going to get official pretty soon, it seems. A new report from the company’s home country of South Korea claims that the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A7 smartphones will go on sale at some point in November.

The three handsets have so far been rumored to emulate the design of the Galaxy Alpha (pictured below), which uses a metal frame. On the other hand, the A series consists of low-end and mid-range offerings, so they will be more affordable.

gsmarena 001 Samsung Galaxy A series lands in November to fight Xiaomi

Interestingly, Samsung is said to challenge Xiaomi with these models, releasing them on the Chinese market. By one account, Xiaomi has already become the world’s third biggest smartphone maker, following Samsung and Apple, and that’s mostly thanks to its sales in China.

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Huawei Honor 4X goes official with Snapdragon 410 chipset

Huawei announced the mid-range Honer 4X smartphone. The previously leaked, dual-SIM handset is available for pre-order in China for CNY 1,299 ($ 212). Shipments are set to begin next week, on November 6.

gsmarena 001 Huawei Honor 4X goes official with Snapdragon 410 chipset

Huawei Honor 4X features 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 chipset and 2GB of RAM. There’s 8GB of built-in memory, which can be further expanded via microSD card slot.

gsmarena 002 Huawei Honor 4X goes official with Snapdragon 410 chipset

The device’s display is a 5.5” unit with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. A 13MP Sony-made main camera, 5MP front-facing unit, and 3,000 mAh battery are also among the highlights of the device’s spec sheet. The battery is advertised as being capable of providing up to 72 hours of use.

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