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Vivo could be set to launch the all-screen Apex next month

We saw a lot of things at Mobile World Congress this year, but one of the wildest was the Vivo Apex. Even if the name isn't familiar, you've probably seen photos of it. This prototype phone was almost entirely screen, and it had a pop-up camera instead of a notch. Now, Vivo appears to be on the verge of launching the phone. The company has sent out invites for an Apex announcement in Shanghai on June 12th.

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White House suggests $1.3 billion fine and management shakeup to lift restrictions on ZTE

Chinese smartphone maker ZTE is currently in a holding pattern after Commerce Department action last month blocked it from accessing US technology for seven years. President Trump has expressed his intention to lift that restriction, but it's unclear when or how that will happen. At a White House event with reporters, Trump has floated a hefty fine and management changes to restore ZTE's business.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Lite launches as Galaxy S Light Luxury in China

Samsung's new Galaxy S8 Lite has landed in China, but it's not quite what we were expecting. The new device, which leaked out earlier this month, is actually named the Galaxy S Light Luxury. It sports a gorgeous Infinity Display and a much cheaper price tag.

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Galaxy S9 and S9+ to soon be available in Sunrise Gold and Burgundy Red, but not in the US

In the past few years, Samsung has been launching new colors for its flagship phones a few months after release to keep things fresh. The company has just announced two new colors for the Galaxy S9 and S9+: Sunrise Gold and Burgundy Red. Unfortunately, neither is coming stateside.

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Nokia X6 launches in China, with dual cameras, 19:9 screen, and a notch

Rumors have been swirling for a while that HMD Global was gearing up to launch a new device with a notched display. The Nokia X6 is now official, breaking cover on its Chinese website. Its name is an ode to the 2009 Symbian phone released by the company, although it shares little else in common.

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Galaxy S8 Lite appears in leak, may be announced May 21

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are now available worldwide, but it looks like Samsung isn't done with the S8 lineup just yet. The company already makes a number of budget phones, like its popular A8 and A8+ . Samsung appears to be working on another mid-range device, using the shell of last year's flagship.

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Blu comes to settlement with FTC over misleading privacy claims

Blu has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over allegations that it afforded Adups, a Chinese device management firm, inordinate access to personally identifiable user information. The FTC's complaint said that Blu misled its customers when the company claimed it had taken appropriate measures to protect user privacy.

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Xiaomi's Black Shark gaming phone ships in China on April 20th

Look at you, playing games on a phone that was not specifically designed for gamers. How can you expect to compete in PUBG or the upcoming Fortnite when your phone doesn't have any sick green accents or liquid cooling? Well, Xiaomi is here with a phone to improve your gaming skills. The previously rumored Black Shark gaming phone is official, and it's coming to China on April 20th.

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Xiaomi reportedly working on gaming smartphone, with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage

The smartphone market is extremely saturated at this point, so it's not often we see something actually unique. Xiaomi makes plenty of regular phones, but it has also produced a few wild devices like the Mi Mix family. It appears that another strange phone from Xiaomi is on the way - one tailored to gamers.

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Huawei still committed to US market, calls government suspicion 'groundless'

Huawei hasn't given up on the US market despite facing difficulties, CEO Richard Yu told CNET in an email. Chinese smartphone makers have had a rough go in the States in recent months, with US intelligence agencies cautioning consumers against purchasing electronics from firms like Huawei and Xiaomi.

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