ZTE Could Beat Samsung With Its Own Foldable Phone

Samsung isn’t the only company working on a folding phone apparently. While rumors about Samsung’s folding phone that you hold like a book are heating up, another phone maker may be about to unveil a folding design, with the device arriving as soon as next month.

ZTE's Blade Z Max is pretty big, but ZTE could be working on a phone with a foldable display. (Credit: Tom's Guide)ZTE’s Blade Z Max is pretty big, but ZTE could be working on a phone with a foldable display. (Credit: Tom’s Guide)That’s the word via VentureBeat, which is reporting that ZTE is working on an dual-screen phone with AT&T that would fold out to form a 6.8-inch phablet. An anonymous source knowledgeable of its design told VentureBeat that the Axon Multy — the phone’s apparent name — will feature two 1080p panels on both the the front and the rear. When folded together on a vertical axis, they’ll form a 2160 x 1920 display.

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Because the device can be used in multiple orientations, there’s only one camera, supposedly rated at 20 megapixels.

The hardware underpinning the unique form factor sounds a little more dated. The Axon Multy could feature the Snapdragon 820, the leading mobile processor from Qualcomm in 2016. The phone will also reportedly feature 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. A 3,120 mAh battery will power the two displays, but the phone still measures less than 10 millimeters thick when folded, according to the report.

ZTE’s reported partnership with AT&T could be one of the more interesting tidbits about the Axon Multy’s development. AT&T could tout the foldable phone as a companion to its DirecTV entertainment bundles.

We could find out very soon if this folding phone is for real. ZTE is holding an October 17 press event, and phone leaker Evan Blass, who wrote the VentureBeat report, thinks the ZTE Multy could be on the agenda. He expects the phone to cost around $650.

ZTE’s timing is key, as a number of companies are experimenting with flexible displays. Last year, Lenovo offered us a glimpse of one such concept designed to be worn like a bracelet. The United States Patent and Trademark Office published an application for a book-like iPhone several months later. In January, the Korea Herald reported LG was even further along toward production than Samsung. This year marked the arrival of bezel-less devices, but at this rate, 2018 could be the year of the foldable smartphone.

Monday’s Vital Data: Tesla Inc. (TSLA), Nvidia Corporation (NVDA) and Apple Inc. (AAPL)

Options activity provides a look at expectations on TSLA, NVDA and AAPL stocks

U.S. stock futures are pointed lower this morning, as Wall Street continues to struggle with the idea of tightening monetary policy. Last week, the Federal Reserve promised to begin quantitative tightening, signaling the beginning of the end for easy money. Furthermore, there are a slew of Fed speakers this week, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, on Tuesday, and Vice Chair Stanley Fischer, on Thursday.

Monday’s Vital Data: Tesla Inc. (TSLA), Nvidia Corporation (NVDA) and Apple Inc. (AAPL)As a result, futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average are down 0.02%, S&P 500 futures are off 0.04% and Nasdaq-100 futures have slipped 0.09%.

In the options pits, volume remained below average and put volume gained considerable traction. Overall, about 12.3 million calls and 12.7 million puts changed hands on Friday, pushing the daily put/call volume ratio north of 1.00. On the CBOE, the single-session equity put/call volume ratio jumped to 0.77 — a six-week high — while the 10-day moving average held at 0.63 in one-month high territory.

Taking a closer look at Friday’s volume, Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) logged its worst week in two months on Model 3 production and profitability concerns. Elsewhere, Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) retreated on analyst projections that demand from cryptocurrency miners is beginning to cool down. Finally, short lines for the iPhone 8 release weighed heavily on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) options activity.

Monday’s Vital Options Data: Tesla Inc. (TSLA), Nvidia Corporation (NVDA) and Apple Inc (AAPL)

Tesla Inc. (TSLA)

TSLA stock logged its worst losing streak in two months last week, dropping 7.6% by the close on Friday.

Concerns that Model 3 production isn’t ramping up fast enough and Jefferies’ prediction that Tesla would lose money until at least 2020 provided a case for TSLA bears. Jefferies also initiated coverage on TSLA stock with an  “underperform” rating and a $280 price target — a 20% drop from current levels.

Option volume on TSLA was strong on Friday, with more than 288,000 contracts changing hands — more than doubling the stock’s average daily volume. Calls only made up 53% of that activity, though, arriving below average for TSLA. Meanwhile, front-month October puts remained popular with TSLA, as the put/call open interest ratio arrived at 1.11, indicating that profit taking or loss control may have been the motivation for Friday’s call activity.

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Short Term Outlook For Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC)

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) closed its last session at $33.02. The stock traded within a range of $32.50 and $33.18. The company operates in the Technology sector with a market capitalization of 20.3 Million. Trading volume for Symantec Corporation was 4.27 Million in its previous trading session. Currently, Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) has an average volume of 7.15 Million.

Company Profile

Symantec, a world leader in Internet security technology, provides a broad range of content security solutions to individuals and companies. The company is a leading provider of anti-virus protection, Internet content and e-mail filtering, and mobile code detection technologies to enterprise customers.

Analyst Views

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) received a Buy rating from 2 analysts. 0 analysts gave its stock an Outperform rating. 4 analysts say it’s a Hold while 1 analysts provided their expert opinion as Sell.

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) touched its 1-Year High price of $34.20 on 09/20/17 and its 1-Year Low price of $22.76 on 11/04/16.

EPS & Financials

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) reported its EPS in the last quarter as $0.33/Share beating the analyst estimate of $0.31/Share by a difference of $0.02. This showed a surprise of 6.5% in the last quarter earnings.

For the current quarter, 26 analysts are projecting a mean EPS of $0.43/share. According to their observations and findings, the stock could provide a high EPS of $0.44/share and a low EPS of $0.39/share.

Analysts believe that the company has the potential to earn average revenue of $1.28 Billion for the current quarter. According to their predictions high & low revenue estimates are 1.37 Billion and 1.18 Billion respectively.

Technical Analysis

By taking a look at the stock’s current statistics it can gauged that the stock candle is BULLISH with MEDIUM volatility. Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) has a 20-Day average volume of 6.59 Million. According to today’s trading volume Symantec Corporation is BELOW its 20-Day Avg. volume with the stock showing BELOW Abnormal volume in the past 150 days.

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that the stock is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the company was in BULLISH territory while an analysis of the last 40-Day trend shows a BULLISH signal. The 100-Day trend also shows a BULLISH trend as well.

The company currently has an insider ownership of 0.5 Percent and Institutional ownership of 95.8 Percent. The return on assets stands at -2.2%, Return on Equity currently is -10.2% and the Return on Investment value is -0.6%.

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) gross margin percentage stands at 77.7% and it-5.8s overall profit margin (ttm) is -8.7 Percent. The stock is currently moving above its 20-Day Simple Moving Average of 4.78% with a 50-Day Simple Moving Average of 8.37 percent. As of today, the company has a SMA200 (200-day simple moving average) of 13.35 Percent. The Stock has YTD (year to date) performance of 38.22 percent.

The TTM operating margin for the company stands at -5.8%. The return on invested capital is at -0.6%, which is good, compared to its peers. The Free Cash Flow or FCF margin is 45.12.

The company’s stock is currently moving with a +ve distance from the 200 day SMA of approximately 13.35%, and has a solid year to date (YTD) performance of 38.22% which means that the stock is constantly adding to its value from the previous fiscal year end price.

Samsung is working on a AI chips dedicated to making your gadgets smarter

Samsung is working on creating chips with dedicated processor cores for powering artificial intelligence (AI) tech, with the South Korean electronics giant reportedly looking at having them ready for use in a few years.  

Industry sources familiar with Samsung’s chip plans tipped-off The Korea Herald about the R&D work Samsung has started, noting its the company’s goal to have the chips handle the data crunching and processing needed to power AI systems and apps on a device rather than relying on a internet connection to an external server or cloud platform.

“[Samsung] is in the middle of developing several types of chips that will be capable of processing massive data from AI applications on devices, eliminating the need to communicate with cloud servers,” a source from one of Samsung’s partners told The Korea Herald.

As the current leading chip maker, having recently overtaken Intel, Samsung will want to make the AI capabilities of its next-generation chips widely available for use in all manner of devices and systems, once it commercialises them. But we can also expect to see future Galaxy smartphones and tablets, alongside Samsung’s TVs and smart home tech to also sport dedicated AI processor cores as the company has been keen to push its Bixby virtual assistant, which makes use of machine learning and AI techniques.

Given the amount of data various connected device we have in our homes such up from everyday use, having a dedicated AI processing in them could not only make them smart and more useful, but also help accelerate the over all development of AI.

“In the next three years or so, smartphones will have designated chips that will improve the processing of AI features by 50 percent from today,” the industry source explained. “A kind of an accelerator can be applied to empower AI devices.”

In the next few years, such developments could mean a boost in the abilities of Alexa in the Amazon Echo and a much smarter Google Assistant running in more than just the latest Android smartphones and the Google Home.

But Samsung is not alone in delving into AI-powering chips; Microsoft’s next-generation HoloLens mixed reality headset is going to have a separate co-processor designed for running AI and machine learning code within the headset itself.

Related: What is Bixby? A complete guide to Samsung’s smart AI assistant

Do you want smarter devices or is the development of AI getting a little too much like the rise of the machines? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter or Facebook. 

OnePlus Releases OxygenOS 4.5 OTA For OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

OnePlus has just announced the release of OxtgenOS 4.5 OTA for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. The new update brings in a number of new additions to the stable OxygenOS for these devices, as well as various system stability and battery improvements.

Lift up Display, a feature previously limited to the OxygenOS beta channel has now finally made it to the stable version with this new update. That means users can now peek at their notifications simply by lifting the device up from the surface, without actually waking up the device by double tapping the screen or pressing the power button. The new update also adds a Gaming Do Not Disturb mode to help gamers better focus on their gameplay by effectively blocking out heads-up notifications and sounds. This last addition has been in the stable ROM of the OnePlus 5 since the device arrived, so it’s nice to see it get to the hands of OnePlus 3 and 3T owners.

Other notable changes include the ability to show network speed in the status bar, scheduled night mode, redesigned calling UI, a redesigned photo editor in Gallery and new secure box feature in the default File Manager application. Again, these are the features beta users or OnePlus 5 owners are already used to, but it’s nice to see them come to the device.

Unfortunately, the new update doesn’t seem to include the latest security patches from Google, leaving both devices vulnerable to recent vulnerabilities as they are still on the August patch level. On the plus side, this update does not bring the new bootanimation that is seemingly universally despised.

OnePlus has already begun rolling out the OxygenOS 4.5 OTA to the OnePlus 3/3T. If you’re sporting either a OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T you should be receiving this new update in the coming days. However, as always is the case with staged OTA roll-outs, it may take some time to reach all devices.

The full changelog of the OxygenOS 4.5 update:


  • Added lift up display
  • Added Gaming Do Not Disturb
  • Added low priority notification
  • Added network speed in status bar
  • Added scheduled night mode
  • Added OnePlus Slate font
  • Redesigned Dash Charge animation
  • System stability and battery improvements


  • Added Shot on OnePlus wallpaper


Camera / Gallery

  • Added Shot on OnePlus watermark
  • Redesigned photo editor in Gallery

File Manager

Source: OnePlus

Fitbit’s $300 ‘Ionic’ Apple Watch competitor launching October 1, SDK preview out tomorrow

Last month Fitbit unveiled its $300 Ionic smart watch based on its acquisition of Pebble, and today the company has announced the ship date for its Apple Watch competitor. Fitbit Ionic will hit stores on October 1 in plenty of time for the holidays (and just a few days before Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3). Fitbit has already been taking pre-orders for its new smart watch on its website and promises orders will ship within one week.

New features include support for Fitbit Pay (an Apple Pay competitor with limited bank and card support), a built-in GPS, automatic sleep tracking, and promised five days of battery life.

Fitbit Ionic also lets you sync local music for offline playback, although there’s no LTE for streaming music. Apple Watch Series 3 launched on Friday with built-in cellular, and Apple Music streaming is coming in October.

Fitbit is also releasing its software development kit for its new smart watch tomorrow ahead of the hardware release. The SDK will be a Developer Preview to start:

Fitbit Ionic is available to pre-order in three colors and releases October 1. Full press release below.

Fitbit software development kit available Sept. 26 for developers to begin building for the Fitbit App Gallery

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Fitbit (NYSE: FIT), the leading global wearables brand, announced today that its latest products, Fitbit Ionic™ and FitbitFlyer™, will be available at major retailers worldwide beginning October 1. Following ongoing, extensive testing, Ionic achieves industry-leading battery life of up to 5 days.i Fitbit is also releasing its software development kit (SDK) tomorrow, enabling the 1,000+ developers who have already signed up to support the platform the ability to begin creating apps and clock faces to share with friends and family, and submit for review and availability in the Fitbit App Gallery beginning this Fall.

  • Fitbit Ionic delivers advanced and innovative health and fitness features like industry-leading GPS, enhanced heart rate tracking, on-device guided workouts and automatic sleep tracking with Sleep Stages, all powered by up to 5 days battery life and cross-platform smartphone compatibility. With the smart features consumers need most, like contactless payments, on-board music, notifications, and a variety of popular apps and clock faces delivered via the Fitbit App Gallery, Ionic offers consumers a smartwatch with purpose.
  • Fitbit’s first wireless headphones, Fitbit Flyer, feature a durable, sweatproof design and customizable fit with an advanced sound performance for whether it’s listening to music seamlessly from Ionic, Audio Coaching from the FitbitCoach smartphone appii, or staying in touch on the go.

“We defined the fitness tracker market 10 years ago and look forward to doing the same with the smartwatch category, delivering what consumers want most and have not yet seen in a smartwatch. Ionic offers up to 5 days battery life for 24/7 health tracking and insights, advanced health and fitness features, enhanced heart rate and dynamic sleep tools paired with the smart functionality consumers need on the go to stay in touch and simplify their life,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit. “These features, coupled with Ionic’s broad compatibility across Android, iOS and Windows platforms, means consumers around the globe never need to choose between their watch and their phone.”

The Fitbit SDK, available tomorrow as a Developer Preview, includes the Fitbit OSDeveloper Beta Firmware for Ionic, the Fitbit Studio development environment, and resources developers need to quickly and easily build and share apps and clock faces with family, friends, or the large, global Fitbit community via the Fitbit App Gallery. In addition to the leading partner apps from Pandora, Starbucks Coffee Company, Strava and Weather, powered by AccuWeather, available on Ionic at launchiii, popular apps expected to be added to the App Gallery this Fall include adidas All Day, Flipboard, GAME GOLF, Nest and Surflineiv along with apps and clock faces created by the developer community.

Pricing and availability

Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Flyer will be available in stores worldwide starting October 1 at global retail partners across Asia Pacific, Europe Middle East and Africa(EMEA), Latin America, and North America. Both are currently available for sale on Fitbit.com and at major online retailers.

  • Fitbit Ionic will be available at North America retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohl’s, Macy’s, REI, Target and Verizon for $299.95. It is available in three color combinations: silver gray tracker and clasp with blue gray band, smoke gray tracker and clasp with charcoal band, or burnt orange tracker and clasp with slate blue band. Classic and Sport accessory bands are available for $29.95, and hand-crafted and perforated Horween leather bands are available for $59.95v.
  • Fitbit Flyer is available in two colors, lunar gray or nightfall blue for $129.95. It will be available at major global retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Brookstone, Nordstrom and Target.

Additionally, Fitbit Aria 2 Wi-Fi Smart Scale, reengineered for greater accuracy, easy setup and an improved interface, is available for presale on Fitbit.com for $129.95 and will be available on Fitbit.com and at retailers worldwide beginning Fall 2017, including Amazon, Best Buy and Brookstone in North America and select retailers across EMEA and Latin America as well as Australia, New Zealand and Singaporewith broader availability in Asia Pacific in 2018.

The new Fitbit Coach personal training app, featuring more than 90 video and audio workouts, will be available on Android, iOS, and Windows devices in October 2017with introductory pricing of $7.99 per month or $39.99 per year. The first Guided Health Programs will be available in 2018 in the “Coach” section of the Fitbit app.vi

About Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE: FIT)

Fitbit helps people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals. As the leading global wearables brand, Fitbit designs products and experiences that track and provide motivation for everyday health and fitness. Fitbit’s diverse line of innovative and popular products includes Fitbit Surge®Fitbit Blaze®, Fitbit Charge 2®Alta HR™, Alta®, FitbitFlex 2®, Fitbit One® and Fitbit Zip® activity trackers, as well as the Fitbit Ionic™smartwatch, Fitbit Flyer™ wireless headphones and Fitbit Aria® and Fitbit Aria 2™Wi-Fi Smart Scales. Fitbit products are carried in 55,000 retail stores across 65 countries around the globe. Powered by one of the world’s largest social fitness networks and databases of health and fitness data, the Fitbit platform delivers personalized experiences, insights and guidance through leading software and interactive tools, including the Fitbit and Fitbit Coach apps, Guided Health Programs, and the Fitbit OS for smartwatches. Fitbit Health Solutions develops health and wellness solutions designed to help increase engagement, improve health outcomes, and drive a positive return for employers, health plans and health systems.

Fitbit and the Fitbit logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Fitbit, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Additional Fitbit trademarks can be found at www.fitbit.com/legal/trademark-list. Third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that involve risks and uncertainties including, among other things, statements regarding the future retail availability of Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Flyer and Fitbit Aria 2 Wi-Fi Smart Scale, including any device accessories, as well as the future availability of the Fitbit app software development kit, Fitbit Studio, Fitbit App Gallery and available apps, Fitbit Coach, Guided Health Programs, and other product features described in this release. These forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual results due to a variety of factors, including the effects of the highly competitive market in which we operate, including competition from much larger technology companies; any inability to successfully develop and introduce new products, features, and services or enhance existing products and services; product liability issues, security breaches or other defects; and other factors discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in our most recent report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements contained herein are based on information available to us as of the date hereof and we do not assume any obligation to update these statements as a result of new information or future events.

i Battery life varies with use and other factors. Up to 10 hours using GPS or playing music.

ii Fitbit Coach app and Audio Coaching sessions in the app will be available in October 2017. Audio Coaching sessions on Fitbit Ionic will be available in 2018.

iii Pandora app requires Pandora Plus or Premium subscription, available in the U.S. only. Starbucks app is available in North America only.

iv adidas all Day app will be available in U.S. only; Nest app will be available in Australia, EMEA and U.S. only; and Flipboard, GAME GOLF and Surfline available globally.

v Leather accessories are made of Horween leather and other leather materials.

vi Fitbit Coach video workouts will be available in English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish this fall. Audio Coaching workouts will be available in English in the Fitbit Coach app this fall, with French and German languages coming soon. Guided Health Programs will be available in 2018 in English in the Fitbit app.

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Source: Fitbit, Inc.

Intel Coffee Lake i7-8700K brings six cores to the mainstream on October 5

Coffee Lake desktop processors, the follow up to 2016’s Kaby Lake processors, launch on October 5, Intel announced today. Like the recent U-series Kaby Lake Refresh laptop processors, which also launched under the “8th generation” moniker, Coffee Lake is largely based on the same core 14nm architecture as Kaby Lake, which in turn was essentially just Skylake, but with more cores across the range.

The top-of-the-line 17-8700K features six cores and 12 threads, 12MB of L3 cache, and a boost clock up to 4.7GHz. The i5-8600K keeps the six physical cores, but ditches hyperthreading, while the i3-8100 and i3-8350K both feature four physical cores. The latter, which matches the core count of the older i5 7600K, could prove to quite the bargain for gamers on a budget, particularly as it’s unlocked for overclocking.

Previously, Intel processors with more than four cores fell under the high-end-desktop (HEDT) E-series and X-series ranges, which cost significantly more than mainstream processors. Unfortunately, while Coffee Lake is more affordable than an X299 chip—the questionable quad-core i5-7640X and i7-7740X excluded, prices are higher than Kaby Lake across the board.

The i7-8700K costs $359, up from the $305 launch price of the i7-7700K, while the i5-8600K costs $257, up from the $217 of the i5-7600K. Bear in mind that these are that these per chip in a 1000 unit order prices—expect retail to be higher still. Coffee Lake also requires the new Z370 chipset, which features improved power delivery in order to support processors with more cores. There’s also official support for DDR4-2666MHz memory.

Those that can make use of the extra cores should see a significant increase in performance in multuthreaded workloads. Intel claims Coffee Lake offers up to 25 percent more FPS in games, and 45 percent more performance during “mega-tasking” compared to the Core i7-7700K. Intel is keen to stress how good its processors are at gaming, attacking one of the criticisms levelled at AMD’s Ryzen processors.

Notably, Intel’s quoted boost clocks are for Turbo Boost 2.0, which means all six cores should hit 4.7GHz when using a motherboard’s built-in multicore enhancements. That’s a very high out-of-the-box clock speed for a six-core processor, one that should result in some interesting gaming benchmarks.

While the i7-8700K makes the X299-based i7-7800X somewhat redundant, the X370 platform does suffer from the same limitations as its predecessor X270. There’s only support for dual-channel memory, and there are only 16 PCIe lanes connected directly to the CPU. The platform as a whole supports up to 40, but those extra 24 share a single DMI 3.0 connection to the CPU, which can limit performance, particularly in systems with multiple M.2 NVMe storage drives.

Like Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake also features integrated GPUs across the board, which is handy for those need the processing power, but only have modest GPU requirements (current Ryzen CPUs all require a discrete GPU). Unfortunately, there are no significant improvements to speak of on the GPU side, with all CPUs featuring Intel UHD 630 graphics, which are largely unchanged from Intel 530 graphics.

While Coffee Lake is unlikely to offer a significant IPC improvement over Kaby Lake, that there are finally mainstream Intel processors with more than four cores is welcome. Ars will have a review soon, but for now read the Core i9-7960X review, which pits Intel’s 16-core chip against AMD’s 16-core Threadripper.

This post originated on Ars Technica UK

Samsung zips past Toyota to become Asia’s top brand- Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO — Samsung has overtaken Toyota as Asia’s most valuable brand for the first time, according to a global ranking released on Monday by U.S. consultancy Interbrand.

Its Best Global Brands 2017 list features 11 from Asia — the same number as last year. But a stronger showing by South Korean brands over their Japanese rivals illustrates an ongoing shift in the marketplace, where more dynamic Asian companies are nudging aside the once-dominant Japan Inc.

The survey also underscores the limited brand power of Chinese companies, despite their massive scale and market capitalization. For the most part, their reach is still confined to their home market.

Samsung improved to sixth place, from seventh — no small feat considering recent setbacks, including the bribery conviction of the group’s heir, Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong. The company was also forced to scrap its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone last October after just two months on the market, due to fire-prone batteries.

“Samsung has made it a policy of strengthening its brand in the past 10 years,” Interbrand Japan’s chief executive Masahito Namiki said in an interview. “The policy remains unchanged, despite the turmoil at the top, helping to limit the fallout from the scandals on its brand image.”

Samsung has two powerful lines of business — flash memory and smartphones — but still has a ways to go to catch up with archrival Apple, the world’s No. 1 brand. “Everyone knows what Apple is,” Namiki said. “That’s not always the case with Samsung.”

Toyota saw its ranking drop to seventh, just one year after it became the first Asian company to crack the top five. The Japanese automaker suffered a sales decline in the key U.S. market. At the same time, it faces rising costs for the development of self-driving cars — a field in which U.S. technology companies like Google and Tesla have the lead.  

“The question facing the auto industry is whether it will be able to maintain growth in the face of new competition from other industries,” Namiki said.

Apple, Google, everyone else

Brand power, Interbrand contends, is crucial for success in business. It helps recruit and retain talent, while allowing companies to charge premium prices. The extra money earned, in turn, can be invested in new products to further strengthen brands.

Google came second to Apple — just as it did the last four years. Microsoft, Coca-Cola and Amazon rounded out the top five.

Of the 11 Asian brands, six are Japanese. Like Toyota, however, most dropped down the rungs: Canon fell to 52nd from 42nd, Sony to 61st from 58th, and Panasonic to 75th from 68th.

Honda managed to climb to 20th, from 21st. It received a boost from the bankruptcy filing of air bag maker Takata — a close business partner — which is expected to help relieve the automaker’s burden from recalls of millions of defective Takata air bags.

Nissan also improved to 39th place, from 43rd, thanks to the release of a new Leaf electric car and its adoption of self-parking and self-braking technologies. These innovations are cementing the company’s position as a leader in electric vehicles and automated driving.

Outside looking in

Interbrand’s list covers only companies with a global presence, and focuses on listed entities with transparent finances. These criteria exclude many of China’s biggest state-owned enterprises.

Only two Chinese brands made the top 100: Smartphone maker Huawei placed 70th, up from 72nd, while PC company Lenovo ranked 100th.

That these companies held their positions suggests they are gaining recognition as reliable suppliers even outside Asia, albeit slowly, according to Interbrand researchers.

However, like Chinese brands, the results show most Asian companies are still regional players, with limited name recognition further afield. The researchers said Asian brands enjoy strong domestic positions but have yet to reach the vanguard of innovation and technology. 

At the same time, Western incumbents are fighting hard to fend off new competitors. As a result, the researchers said, a further ascent by Asian companies is by no means a foregone conclusion.


iPhone 6 Falcon giá 2,17 nghìn tỷ đồng, iPhone X chỉ là ‘muỗi’

Giá 1.000 USD của iPhone X cũng chỉ như “muối bỏ biển” khi xếp cạnh các ấn phẩm có giá “cắt cổ” từng xentimét dưới đây.

1. iPhone 6 Falcon Supernova Pink Diamond giá 95,5 triệu USD (2,17 nghìn tỷ đồng)

Điện thoại đắt nhất trong danh sách này có lẽ sẽ khiến bạn “kinh hồn bạt vía” đó chính là iPhone 6 Falcon Supernova Pink Diamond với giá 95,5 triệu USD. Chiếc điện thoại không nạm các hạt kim cương, mà dát vàng 18 k với viên kim cương hồng khổng lồ ở phía sau lưng.

SỐC: iPhone 6 Falcon giá 2,17 nghìn tỷ đồng, iPhone X chỉ là

Mức giá đó quá đắt với bạn đúng không? Đương nhiên rồi! Nhà sản xuất Falcon cũng có một ấn phẩm khác gọi là “rẻ hơn” SuperNova Pink Diamond với lớp mạ bạch kim và kim cương xanh da trời ở phía sau lưng chiếc iPhone 6. Nhưng mẫu điện thoại này cũng có giá lên tới 48,5 triệu USD.

2. iPhone 5 Black Diamond giá 15,3 triệu USD (347,7 tỷ đồng)

SỐC: iPhone 6 Falcon giá 2,17 nghìn tỷ đồng, iPhone X chỉ là

Dường như đính kim cương đen là cách tạo ra sự thay đổi khiến điện thoại di động trở nên đắt tiền hơn. Chiếc iPhone 5 nhỏ đính kim cương đen cũng có giá cắt cổ lên tới 15,3 triệu USD. Dĩ nhiên, nút Home bằng kim cương không chỉ là những gì tạo nên chiếc điện thoại này. Toàn thân điện thoại còn được khoác lớp áo có các hạt kim cương và vàng. iPhone 5 Black Diamond được cho là sản xuất độc quyền dành cho giới doanh nhân Trung Quốc.

3. iPhone 6 Amosu Call of Diamond giá 2,7 triệu USD (61,36 tỷ đồng)

SỐC: iPhone 6 Falcon giá 2,17 nghìn tỷ đồng, iPhone X chỉ là

Bạn có bao giờ nghĩ chiếc iPhone 6 của mình giá đắt không? Có thể không nhưng bạn hãy nghĩ một chiếc iPhone 6 này được thiết kế cải tiến, nạm 6.000 viên kim cương và lô-gô của Apple cũng được làm bằng kim cương thì đủ thấy mẫu dế này đắt cỡ nào rồi.

4. Goldvish Le Million giá 1,3 triệu USD (29,54 tỷ đồng)

SỐC: iPhone 6 Falcon giá 2,17 nghìn tỷ đồng, iPhone X chỉ là

Là một nhà thiết kế đồng hồ và trang sức, Emmanuel Gueit đã đem tới một thiết kế vô cùng bắt mắt cho chiếc điện thoại này. Goldvish Le Million được làm toàn bộ bằng loại vàng trắng 18 k và đính hàng trăm hạt kim cương loại 20 carat. Mẫu dế này từng nhận được kỷ lục Guiness là mẫu điện thoại đắt nhất trên thế giới.

5. Diamond Crypto Smartphone giá 1,3 triệu USD

SỐC: iPhone 6 Falcon giá 2,17 nghìn tỷ đồng, iPhone X chỉ là

Làm bằng bạch kim rắn, chiếc điện thoại này có công nghệ mã hóa cao được thiết kế với bồng hồng bằng vàng 18k làm nút định vị, 28 viên kim cương được đính xung quanh bông hồng vàng và các viên kim cương cắt nạm xung quanh viền điện thoại.

6. Gresso Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot giá 1 triệu USD (22,725 tỷ đồng)

SỐC: iPhone 6 Falcon giá 2,17 nghìn tỷ đồng, iPhone X chỉ là

Vâng, giờ như bạn thấy đấy, một chiếc điện thoại có giá 6 số 0 là chiếc điện thoại đắt nhất thứ 6 trong danh sách này, có giá 1 triệu USD. Xe được bọc kim cương đen và bàn phím bằng đá sapphire, điện thoại này có tấm ốp bằng gỗ đen Châu Phi trăm tuổi độc nhất vô nhị ở phía sau, khiến giá bán của nó lên tới mức quá chát. Chỉ có đúng 3 chiếc được sản xuất và nếu bạn không phải là người quá may mắn thì cũng không thể có được dù bạn thừa tiền đi chăng nữa.

7. Vertu Signature Cobra giá 310.000 USD (7,044 tỷ đồng)

SỐC: iPhone 6 Falcon giá 2,17 nghìn tỷ đồng, iPhone X chỉ là

Một mẫu điện thoại sang chảnh khác được nhà sản xuất Vertu chế tạo là Vertu Signature Cobra với giá 310.000 USD. Mẫu điện thoại này có tên là cobra (rắn hổ mang) vì nạm từ 409 viên đá rubi và 2 viên ngọc lục bảo nhìn giống như đôi mắt của rắn hổ mang. Khung điện thoại cũng được ốp bằng kim cương.

8. Black Diamond VIPN Smartphone giá 300.000 USD (6,817 tỷ đồng)

SỐC: iPhone 6 Falcon giá 2,17 nghìn tỷ đồng, iPhone X chỉ là

Nếu bạn muốn một thiết kế điện thoại trơn mượt và hấp dẫn thì đây là chiếc điện thoại đắt 300.000 USD dành cho bạn. Dĩ nhiên bạn sẽ tự hỏi liệu mức giá này có quá đắt so với điện thoại không? Không đâu, bởi vì kính điện thoại được thiết kế có khả năng chống vỡ cực tốt, và phía sau điện thoại còn được nạm hai viên kim cương cỡ 3 carat và 2,5 carat. Chỉ có đúng 5 chiếc điện thoại này được sản xuất vì thế độ độc quyền cũng cực cao.

9. iPhone Princess Plus giá 170.400 USD (3,86 tỷ đồng)

SỐC: iPhone 6 Falcon giá 2,17 nghìn tỷ đồng, iPhone X chỉ là

Ra mắt vào năm 2008, đây là mẫu điện thoại giữ vị trí số 9 trong danh sách điện thoại đắt nhất cho tới ngày nay. iPhone Princess Plus có các viên nạm kim cương phía trước và còn có lớp mạ vàng trắng 18k.

10. Vertu Signature Diamond giá 88.000 USD (1,998 tỷ đồng)

SỐC: iPhone 6 Falcon giá 2,17 nghìn tỷ đồng, iPhone X chỉ là

Đến từ một thương hiệu nổi tiếng của dòng điện thoại sang chảnh, Vertu Signature Diamond được làm bằng bạch kim và lắp ráp thủ công rất tỉ mỉ. Ngoài ra còn có 200 viên kim cương được đính lên khiến cho mẫu điện thoại này đắt giá vô cùng.

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Samsung Certifies Synopsys Design Platform for 28nm FD-SOI Process Technology

  • Samsung Foundry’s 28FDS process is ideal for IoT, mobile and automotive applications
  • Comprehensive certification includes digital, custom and SPICE tools of the Synopsys Design Platform

Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) today announced that the Synopsys Design Platform has been fully certified for use on Samsung Foundry’s 28FDS (FD-SOI) process technology. A Process Design Kit (PDK) and a comprehensive reference flow, compatible with Synopsys’ Lynx Design System, containing scripts, design methodologies and best practices is now available. For Samsung Foundry’s latest differentiated process offering, support for bias throughout the Design Platform flow has been thoroughly verified and certified to achieve optimal power and performance tradeoffs.

“FD-SOI technology offers one of the best power, performance, and cost tradeoffs,” said Jaehong Park, senior vice president of the Foundry Solutions Team at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung Foundry’s 28FD-SOI technology allows designs to operate both at high and low voltage making it ideal for IoT and mobile applications. Moreover, the FD-SOI technology exhibits the best soft error immunity, and, therefore, is well suited for applications that require high reliability such as automotive. Availability of certified Synopsys Design Platform, PDK and reference flow will allow our mutual customers to accelerate adoption of our 28FDS technology.”

“Our long standing, close collaboration with Samsung Foundry starts very early, allowing Synopsys to refine tools and flows enabling customers to achieve desired performance and power targets,” said Michael Jackson, corporate vice president of marketing and business development for the Design Group at Synopsys. “Certification of the Synopsys Design Platform, complete with PDK and reference flow helps our mutual customers to rapidly design with confidence for Samsung Foundry’s 28-nm FD-SOI process.”

Key Synopsys tools certified by Samsung Foundry include:

  • IC CompilerII place and route: Multibit register optimization, low-power placement and advanced design planning for optimized module placement and timing
  • Design Compiler® Graphical RTL synthesis: Correlation, congestion reduction, and physical guidance for IC Compiler II
  • DFTMAX and TetraMAX® test solutions: Simultaneously meet design and test goals while addressing ISO 26262 automotive test requirements, achieving accurate silicon diagnosis and quickly ramping yield
  • PrimeTime® timing signoff: Ultra-low voltage timing signoff with Advanced Waveform Propagation (AWP) and placement rule-aware Engineering Change Order (ECO) guidance
  • IC Validator signoff physical verification: Automated DRC repair, DFM pattern matching and metal fill In-Design with IC Compiler II; DRC and LVS with Custom Compilerfull-custom solution
  • StarRCextraction: Multi-rail signoff with support for multi-valued standard parasitic exchange format (SPEF)
  • Custom Compiler full-custom solution: Features the pioneering visually-assisted automation flow to speed up common design tasks, reduce iterations and enable reuse.
  • HSPICE® simulation: Gold standard for accurate circuit simulation


  • Reference flow is available now through Samsung Foundry

About Synopsys

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) is the Silicon to Software partner for innovative companies developing the electronic products and software applications we rely on every day. As the world’s 15th largest software company, Synopsys has a long history of being a global leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP, and is also growing its leadership in software security and quality solutions. Whether you’re a system-on-chip (SoC) designer creating advanced semiconductors, or a software developer writing applications that require the highest security and quality, Synopsys has the solutions needed to deliver innovative, high-quality, secure products. Learn more at www.synopsys.com.

Editorial Contact:
Carole Murchison
Synopsys, Inc.

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