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Quadcore chipset, 5in or larger screens next big trends in China smartphones

Advanced smartphones support 1 to 4GB RAM and 4 to 16GB NAND flash, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Some units enable NFC and MHL connectivity.


  • Moving to quadcore chipset: The MT6577, MSM8225 and MSM8260 are the top choices. Makers investing in quadcore platforms adopt the MT6589. Some suppliers employ quadcore tablet PC chipsets in 3G tablet phones.
  • Screen: Multipoint capacitive touchscreens are common. The mainstream displays measure 4, 4.3 or 4.7in, but more models sport 5, 5.3, 5.5 or even 6in screens. The resolution is 960x540 pixels.
  • OS & other features: Android 4.0 is the dominant OS. Some basic units run on Android 2.3. Mainstream models support Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. A few enable NFC or integrate an MHL port.
  • Power source: Li-ion battery remains widely used, although makers are turning to Li-polymer to produce slimmer designs. Basic smartphones have 1,500 to 2,000mAh battery. Units with 5in or larger screens run on 2,000 to 3,500mAh variants.


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