More Moto X+1 leaks show up, as well as a clone we never expected to see. It also seems we are winning the war against patent trolls!
The guys at TK Tech News somehow got a hold of a Motorola X+1. They have been protecting their source with sword and shield, but they have ways of showing us the holy grail. After taking down the previous video, they have gone ahead and released a new one with better armor – paper and surround wrap.
It stops us from truly enjoying the glory of the Moto X+1, but we at least get to see some details. It doesn’t look amazing and some features are missing, but this is a pre-production device. The host does tell us the AMOLED screen sports a 1080p resolution.
Opinion: Check out the video below. The little we can see let’s us know it’s very similar to the Moto X. The design language is nearly identical, so this will probably just be a specs upgrade. Let’s wait patiently for TK Tech News’ next video!
The Supreme Court has given us a victory in the Alice Corp. and CLS Bank case, ruling generic patents invalid. To be more specific, they don’t want individuals or companies patenting long-known and applied techniques simply “applied with a computer”.
“[These patents] simply recite the concept of intermediated settlement as performed by a generic computer. They do not, for example, purport to improve the functioning of the computer itself or effect an improvement in any other technology or technical field.”
In shorter words, don’t try to patent something we all know and do just because you made a program that facilitates the process for you. Patents should have a unique idea and technical steps, not just a collection of generic processes.
Opinion: We are far from taking patent trolls out of this industry, but this is a good day for the industry. It can be used as reference for future cases, starting a chain of victories that should fix the patent system at some point.
China is the land of the smartphone clones. Some are good, some not so much, but they are all copying the most popular smartphones in the world. This is why we never thought we would see a Xiaomi Redmi Note getting a Chinese clone.
The Coolgen TM2 takes Xiaomi’s design, offers similar specs and beats the original device’s already low price. The main difference is that this one carries a slightly less powerful 1.4GHz octa-core Mediatek processor. Other specs include a 5.5-inch 720p display, 13MP/5MP cameras, 1 GB of RAM and a 3200 mAh battery.
Opinion: Priced at only 600 Yuan (about $96 USD), this phone does beat the original Xiaomi Redmi Note (about $130), which is rather impressive. It sure seems like an odd device to copy, though. Especially considering the Redmi Note is already insanely affordable.