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ChromeOS Vs. Windows 8.1: Fight!

After testing this at Best Buy …

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… I came across this:

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That threw me for a loop. I had no idea a mainstream company had any kind of Windows hardware at that size for that price. And it’s all in an appealing blue color too!

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China Apple Watch Clone Looks To Be Worth US$10

Yesterday I noted the Ployer W2 Apple Watch clone for US$56.

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Here’s a look at the Zeblaze Rover Apple Watch clone, via a YouTube video after the break.

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Ployer W2 Apple Watch Clone: US$56

Here’s something for the mildly adventurous to buy and try, an Apple Watch clone from Ployer, the W2.

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Xiaomi’s Store Goes Semi-Live Next Week In U.S.

Xiaomi Beta Store will open for UK, France, Spain, Germany and U.S on the 18th May

There will only be a few accessories to choose from during the Beta stage including the Xiaomi Mi Band for $14.99, Mi Headphones for $79.99 and the popular 5000mAh and 10400mAh Xiaomi powerbanks.

I’d get a MiBand — but lacking a phone still, it’d be rather pointless for me.

Previously here:

Xiaomi To Enter American Market In 2015

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Apple Watch Spotted on CCTV Anchor

Weibo:

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Sony IMX214 Camera Component Shortage

Sony reporting huge shortage of IMX214 camera units

The issue is so serious that Sony have taken to their official Weibo account in China to explain the situation. Apparently Sony say that only %50 of current orders of the IMX214 will be able to be filled!

Well, that’s going to wreak havoc on a hell of a lot of Chinese phone makers.

It’s going to be interesting to see which company will be able to press Sony into giving them a smooth supply ahead of everyone else. I’d place my bets on Lei Jun and Xiaomi getting the lion’s share until production can meet demand.

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Tablets Versus Large-Screen Phones

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says iPhone shipments for the current product cycle “have peaked”

The analyst is blaming “industry structural changes” for a rather large 52.7% drop in iPad shipments from fiscal Q1 to Q2. The 10.1 million tablets Apple is estimated to have shipped in its fiscal second quarter is a 38.1% decline from the 16.3 million iPads it shipped in the same quarter a year ago. Declining iPad shipments, partially due to the successful launch of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus phablet, will continue next quarter as well with Kuo predicting a further quarter-to-quarter 28.5% drop in shipments of Apple’s slate.

We’ll have to see what Apple says in terms of actual numbers, but things seem to be getting weird in the tablet market.

Tablet news, reviews, and releases have collapsed in China. Companies that were in the news just two years ago aren’t heard from at all now. And it seems everyone wants to migrate to doing Core-M tablets for higher prices.

Have people really been abandoning tablets altogether in favor of large-screen phones? I’d still want — and need — a tablet even with a large-screen phone. But I have a special reading requirement: Google Books PDFs.

If Apple does indeed release an iPad Pro, the sales numbers of that will be very interesting.

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Sizes: Pebble Vs. Apple Watch

Previously here:

Sizes: Xiaomi MiBand Vs. Apple Watch

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Xiaomi Exec Disses Apple Watch Design

Xiaomi TV Operations Director, Operations Director Li Xiaomi community, disses the Apple Watch on Weibo:

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The trouble with saying something like that is Xiaomi now has to reveal a better design.

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Sizes: Xiaomi MiBand Vs. Apple Watch

Via Weibo:

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