Infiniti To Launch First Electric Car, To Be Made In China

Infiniti to launch first electric car, to be made in China

BEIJING — The first electric car for Nissan's premium brand Infiniti will be a sporty sedan produced in China, the Japanese carmaker said in a statement viewed by Reuters ahead of a public announcement expected as soon as Wednesday. The vehicle would hit the market in around three years, and consumers would get a taste when the company unveils a concept car, dubbed the Qs Inspiration electric sedan, at the Shanghai auto show later this week, Nissan officials said. "China has the most growth potential for electric vehicles globally, especially in the premium segment," Infiniti Chairman Christian Meunier said in the statement seen by Reuters. Automakers operating in China have to sell more so-called new-energy vehicles, either battery electric cars or plug-in electric hybrids, to comply with official production quotas designed to reduce smog. It was not immediately clear whether Infiniti planned to produce its first electric vehicle in other markets. An Infiniti spokesman said, however, the brand did not intend to export the e-sedan from China. The planned e-sedan is part of Infiniti's longer-term strategy to significantly electrify its product lineup. Brand officials have said that from 2021 every Infiniti model launched will be either an all-electric car or so-called "e-Power" hybrids, underlining Nissan's previously announced plan to make Infiniti primarily an electrified offering. The sedan likely would be built on a new flexible architecture developed specifically to accommodate electrified powertrains, Infiniti said in the statement. Its design, especially the interior, would be significantly different than current models, design chief Karim Habib said. EVs do not have bulky gasoline engines and transmissions, opening up space inside the car. "It will have a flat floor, and if you are a passenger you can cross your legs or stretch out your legs," Habib told Reuters. Competition in China's rapidly emerging electric car market is heating up amid an onslaught of models from startups such as Nio and WM Motor, as well as those from established automakers. In the luxury segment, Infiniti will be competing with Tesla Model S and Model X, as well as other models due to be launched in coming months by Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus.

Nintendo Could Launch Two New Switch Models This Year

Nintendo Could Launch Two New Switch Models This Year

According to earlier rumors, Nintendo could actually be planning on launching a new Nintendo Switch console later this year. Now according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, it seems that we might expect more than just one Nintendo Switch console this year, and that we could actually be getting two.

The report claims that Nintendo could be following a similar strategy to Microsoft’s, where there have been rumors that Microsoft could have at least two Xbox consoles in the works. One of the Switch models is rumored to be an “enhanced” model that will be aimed at more hardcore gamers, although it still won’t be as powerful compared to the PS4 Pro or the Xbox One X.

Microsoft Has No Plans To Launch Xbox Live Sdk On The Nintendo Switch

Microsoft Has No Plans To Launch Xbox Live SDK On The Nintendo Switch

Last week Microsoft brought its Xbox Live service to iOS and Android devices. This meant that developers who wanted to integrate Xbox Live into their iOS and Android games would be able to. There were rumors that this could be the start of something bigger and that it might even make its way onto the Nintendo Switch.

However it seems that will not be the case. According to journalist Russell Holly who attended Microsoft’s presentation at GDC 2019, Microsoft will not be bringing its Xbox Live SDK to the Nintendo Switch. If you’re a bit confused, we get where you’re coming from. Microsoft had recently announced that popular indie game Cuphead, which was previously exclusive to the console, would be coming to the Switch with Xbox Live in tow.

Walmart Reportedly Planning To Launch Its Own Budget Android Tablet

Walmart Reportedly Planning To Launch Its Own Budget Android Tablet


Amazon has seen considerable success with its low-cost Fire tablets and it appears that Walmart wants in on the action as well. A new report claims that the retailer is planning to launch a cheap Android tablet under its in-house ONN brand. The device will be made by a Chinese supplier and is going to be powered by Android.

A spokesperson for Walmart confirmed to Bloomberg that this tablet will be launched under the in-house ONN brand. It’s expected to have functionality which would make the cheap Android tablet a good fit for kids.

Japan Soccer League To Launch Esports Tournament

Japan soccer league to launch esports tournament

Japan's professional football league will launch an esports league this year in cooperation with a major videogame maker, Konami Digital Entertainment.

J.League and the company announced on Friday that they will co-host the tournament, which will take place in July.

Xperia Xa3 'plus' To Launch Alongside Xa3; First Renders Leaked

Xperia XA3 'Plus' to launch alongside XA3; first renders leaked

Sony Mobile is expected to launch the Xperia XA3 (the name may change) at the MWC tradeshow in Barcelona later this month. This much we have known after numerous leaks. However, it now looks like Sony will also release a bigger brother, which looks identical in every way – apart from being larger. This comes from newly leaked press renders from Twitter leaker Roland Quandt (@rquandt).

Nhk World To Launch New Chinese Service In January

NHK World to launch new Chinese service in January

NHK WORLD-JAPAN is launching on January 15th of next year a new online Chinese-language service. NHK Huayu Shijie will broadcast some of the most popular programs that focus on news, culture and current events.

The service will be for five hours on weekdays. Five anchors will each be assigned a day and bring the news on that day, starting at seven PM.

Android Pie Beta For Galaxy S9 To Launch Today

Android Pie Beta For Galaxy S9 To Launch Today


Samsung confirmed at its developers’ conference last week that it will soon be launching the Android Pie beta program for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Owners of these handsets in select countries will finally be able to get a taste of Pie if they manage to snag a place in the beta program. Samsung is reportedly going to launch the program later today.

The folks at SamMobile reached out to Samsung’s customer support staff in Germany who confirmed that the Android Pie beta for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will launch today. It’s pertinent to mention here that the United States, Germany, and South Korea were confirmed as the first markets for the beta last week. So if the beta is going live in Germany today there’s a good chance it will be out in the United States as well.

Docomo Shows 5g In Japan Ahead Of 2020 Commercial Launch

Docomo Shows 5G In Japan Ahead of 2020 Commercial Launch

At Inter Bee 2018 (Tokyo/Japan), Docomo has installed a 5G demo truck with a huge screen inside to demonstrate the power of 5G live streaming video.

The Truck is driving across Japan as part of Docomo’s 5G awareness campaign and has a live 5G base station at the top. The truck we went into didn’t use a live connection, perhaps because the trade show location doesn’t have 5G coverage yet. To reproduce the normal experience, Docomo used pre-recorded videos from previous sessions.