The exploit is obviously reliant on characteristics of the hardware and the OS is actually near irrelevant. I am impressed that Android's encryption is good enought to be such a serious obstacle to require such a HW level exploit.
Just what the world wants, an OS made by Huwai with built-in back-doors for the intelligence arm of the People's Army to exploit. I'm so excited, where can I join the queue?
What are the Chinese government going to do in practical terms? Tell Google do what we tell you or get out of China? If I was Google I would tell them to FOAD, there's plenty of scope for us in India.
GSM arena are claiming the specs have been pretty much confirmed: Looks like it uses ARMs Big Little tech with A15 and A7 cores. It will be interesting to see if that really does translate to decent battery life. I am curious as to whether they managed the reported hexagonal pixels to achieve such a high density. The initial benchmarks put it at being somewhat quicker than the HTC One.