You might say that things are going well for Samsung, and that would be an understatement. They are the top dogs in Android smartphone sales, and thanks to tremendous marketing, you won’t find too many people that never heard of a “Galaxy” smartphone. Although demand is generally lower during Q1, Hong Kong market researcher Counterpoint Research thinks Samsung will break another record when it comes to smartphone sales. They think Samsung will move 70 million smartphones during the quarter, which isn’t too shabby. Counterpoint says that Samsung had a 35% market share after February (2 months), which is 3% higher than Q4 2012′s 32%. For those of you that like to follow Apple, they didn’t do too bad either as they came in a 21% for February (2 months), which is up 4% from Q4 2012′s 17%.
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Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 may be getting all the headlines, but more than a few competitors are out to show that there are more attractive options out there. Despite the recent introduction of the Ascend D2, there is rampant speculation that Huawei is currently working behind the scenes to develop what is going to be one heck of a beastly smartphone. The device is rumored to certainly be no slouch in comparison to other flagships like the Galaxy S 4 by featuring a next-generation 1.8 GHz K3V3 quad-core chip with a Mali T604 GPU, 2GB of RAM, a 4.9-inch 1080p display, 13 Megapixel camera, 2,600 mAh battery. In keeping up with the Galaxy S 4 slim figure, Huawei’s upcoming superphone will be only be 6.3mm in total thickness.
The device is rumored to be available for a 10-20% discount from the Galaxy S 4 in Chinese markets if or when it is officially announced. Of course a sexy, smooth and fast smartphone that’s priced just right would sound appealing to customers— especially those out there in China. We’ll wait and see however, if this latest rumor holds up any weight.
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories from this past week. Most of the coverage concerned the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S 4, but there were some juicy tidbits regarding the upcoming Motorola X phone, smartwatches and Google Glass. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
evleaks on Twitter has a history of leaking photos and one such photo of the ZTE Grand X Quad is up for all to see. It looks relatively nice and specs aren’t so bad either with a 5-inch 720p HD display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 8 megapixel camera, dual-SIM support, and 2500 mAh battery. As with any leak, we can’t guarantee this is what the ZTE Grand X Quad will truly look like and it may not make it to the US. Also, with ZTE not releasing any pricing, availability, or specs, one should take these specs with a grain of salt until we hear more.
It appears that we’re about to see more cheap and inexpensive Mediatek-powered 1080p smartphones on the horizon. We already knew that Sony was making plans on introducing some quad-core devices for a budget price– but Lenovo, Huawei and ZTE are among 20 or so manufacturers expected to launch devices with the MediaTek MT6589 quad-core chip. In case you’ve forgotten, the MT6589 is an ARM Cortex A7-based units that utilizes all the bells and whistles that can be found in competing chipsets, but at a fraction of the cost. The result is the ability to see some pretty sexy smartphones with 1080p capabilities for a low, low price– just like what we’ve seen with the world’s cheapest smartphone that was recently introduced.
Expect to see the a bigger batch of Mediatek-powered 1080p to be shipped between now and April.
Huawei definitely looks to be making some noise in 2013 by blanketing the market with high-end and budget level phones. The latest leak today is of the Huawei Ascend G700, which has fairly similar specs and a model number to the Ascend G710, which was a leaked, 5-inch budget level device. The G700 will also reportedly sport a 5-inch, 720p display, as well as 2 GB of RAM and a MediaTek quad-core processor. Best of all, it’s slated to come in at just under $300. The big difference between the G700 and G710 appears to be the design, so Huawei may release the two to really try to grab up the entry level market. There’s also the possibility that only one device may see the light of day. It’s anybody’s guess at this point.
Unfortunately, the device is only coming to Chinese shores at first, but maybe if it sells well enough, we’ll see it come to other countries? It’d be great to see more quality, budget unlocked phones in the US.
Huawei and MetroPCS announced today the addition of the Huawei Premia 4G to MetroPCS’s portfolio of 4G LTE devices. The Premia 4G is a 4-inch device equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 5 MP camera. The device will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. MetroPCS will include their joyn by MetroPCS app on the devices to give customers the ability to make video calls or take advantage of WiFi calling.
MetroPCS is making the Premia 4G available for $149 with no contract. Check out more images and the full press release after the break. » Read the rest
It looks like the possible successor to the MediaPad Lite made its leaked debut earlier on Twitter thanks to DLNA and @evleaks. The new tablet from Huawei will come in two versions. The first one will sport a quad-core Cortex A9 processor running at 1.2 GHz, with the second one carrying a quad-core Cortex A9 processor running at 1.5 GHz. Both tablets will feature a 7-inch 1024×600 display with Wi-Fi, DLNA support, as well as HDMI output. They’ll come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. There’s no telling on when and where this tablet will arrive so keep it locked here.
It seems like we have been waiting for the release of the Huawei Ascend Mate for a really long time, but in reality Huawei is not too late in releasing the device relative to some of our earlier projections of a February release date. Huawei has confirmed today the giant phone will be available in the Chinese market on March 21 for 3,120 yuan ($500 USD). You may recall the Ascend Mate comes with a huge 6.1-inch IPS display, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and a gargantuan 4050mAh battery, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
What is still unclear is whether the Ascend Mate will ever find its way outside of China. There is some hope that it will at least make it to some European markets like Germany, where Amazon has listed the device for €499 ($646 USD).