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The Nokia 6.1 Plus is the China-exclusive X6 with Android One

Nokia climbed aboard the screen notch bandwagon a few months back with the X6, a China-exclusive phone with a 5.8-inch display and a chin. Now, that same piece of hardware is launching in a few more markets as the Nokia 6.1 Plus. It has the same specs and design, but this is an Android One phone.

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ZTE gets authorization to conduct limited business for the next month

It's been nothing but bad news for ZTE over the last couple months, but there's finally a positive development for the Chinese technology firm. The US Commerce Department has temporarily lifted part of the trade ban that effectively shut down ZTE back in April. This will help ZTE keep the lights on as it works toward full compliance.

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Report: US to block China Mobile's application to enter US market

The US government has been growing increasingly critical (perhaps even paranoid) when it comes to the operation of Chinese companies in the US. Between the on-again-off-again ZTE snafu and Huawei's allegedly government-influenced issues with its US carrier deals, Chinese tech companies are running into progressively more problems doing business in the United States. This is just the start, though, as according to a recent report by Bloomberg, the FCC is set to deny China Mobile's application to provide telecommunications services in the US.

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Browser maker Opera plans to go public in the US

Opera has been making browsers and other apps for years, and now it's taking the next step. Opera has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) in the US, hoping to raise around $115 million. However, that number could change as we get closer to the IPO.

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ZTE pays new $1 billion fine, but its future remains uncertain

Chinese technology firm ZTE says it has forked over $1 billion to the US government. This is the first step toward ZTE returning to operation after a ban on purchasing US technology in April forced it to partially shut down. However, it's not out of the woods yet as the entire incident has become a political firestorm for the US administration.

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Xiaomi announces Redmi 6 Pro smartphone alongside Mi Pad 4 LTE tablet

Xiaomi has just unveiled two new devices for the Chinese market. The Redmi 6 Pro is something of an upgraded version of the budget Redmi 6 and 6A announced earlier this month, while the Mi Pad 4 is the successor to Xiaomi's iPad Mini-aping tablet from this time last year.

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Oppo Find X sports a bezel-free design with pop-up cameras

Everyone is trying to do away with bezels on smartphones, but necessities like front-facing cameras get in the way. That's why so many phones are shipping with screen notches lately. With the new Find X, Oppo is the second device maker to avoid the notch with a pop-up camera. Although, this phone actually puts all its cameras on the pop-up mechanism. It's a bit elaborate to avoid some bezel, but hey, no notch.

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Google announces strategic partnership with Chinese online retailer JD.com

The Chinese market is notoriously difficult for American businesses to thrive in, and that's as true in technology as in any other industry. Google is clearly keen to increase its standing there, however, and has just announced a new partnership with one of the country's largest online retailers.

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Xiaomi Redmi 6/6A official with 5.45" display and dual cameras, starts at ~$94

Xiaomi has just taken the wraps off of the Redmi 6 and 6A, the latest devices in its budget Redmi line. As usual, both offer great bang for the buck, with the 6A priced at just RMB599 (~$94 USD) and the 6 priced at RMB799 and RMB999 depending on spec.

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Honor launches two phones for gamers in China, both with new GPU Turbo technology

Hot on the heels of the Asus ROG Phone announcement, another mobile device specifically for gamers has been unveiled. The Honor Play comes from Huawei's budget subbrand, but you might not know it from glancing at the phone's specs. At the same time, the less impressive Honor 9i has also launched, and both phones come with a brand new technology to boost graphics efficiency.

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