Huawei P7 “Sophia” shell and design leak, shows extremely small bezels and some sharp corners

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Huawei has been hard at work developing a follow-up to their Ascend P6, and today we’re getting a pretty good look at the design of the Ascend P7, code named “Sophia.” This early render shows a device with some very, very thin bezels, no capacative buttons, and a pretty angular design.

A second leak at Phone Arena shows off the backside shell of the device in person, and it pretty closely resembles the render. The corners aren’t quite as sharp as the render leads on, but the overall angular design is still present in the physical model.

As far as we can tell, the specs of the device are still the same as what we’ve heard previously. 5-inch screen, 1080p resolution, 13 megapixel camera, and a customer quad-core CPU clocked at 1.6 GHz. So far, it looks like Huawei is going to continue making solid, well-designed devices into 2014, although it’s still not likely we’ll ever see this make its way to US markets.

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Huawei settles with Rockstar Consortium, pays to avoid any legal battle

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Back in October, Rockstar Consortium launched a fierce patent lawsuit against Google and Android. Then in December, Google decided to fight back and stated Rockstar’s own CEO said that every tech company is infringing on their patents. Google, rightfully so, was sticking up for their Android OEMs. But now Rockstar has made one of them give in. Rather than going through a legal battle with a group that has much more power, Huawei has decided to pay off Rockstar.

Had Huawei stood up to Rockstar, they would have faced a group led by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony, and Ericsson. Since Huawei filed a joint motion with Rockstar, the group will now likely push harder against the remaining OEMs they previously sued — Samsung, LG, HTC, ASUS, Pantech, and ZTE. If history means anything, we know one of them will put up a good fight.

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Huawei’s Ascend P6 S launches following series of leaks

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The Huawei P6 is a super-slim device with some serious horsepower, but its successor, the Ascend P6 S, promises to pack even more punch. Launched today with not much fanfare, the P6 S is a bit thicker (6.5 mm) but has the same battery capacity, 2,000mAh.

While it lacks LTE support, there is now a quad-core 1.6GHz processor. It’s also a dual-SIM, dual-standby phone. The remaining specs are the same as its predecessor— 4.7-inch LCD with 720p resolution, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, an 8MP rear shooter, and a 5MP front camera.

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Huawei Ascend Mate 2 will cost $445

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Huawei showed off their Ascend Mate 2 at CES this year but didn’t mention a price for the device. Today, they’ve announced that they’ll be selling the Ascend Mate 2 for $445 this quarter. For the specs in the device, that’s a very reasonable price.

The Ascend Mate 2 has a 6.1 inch 720p screen, a massive 4,050 mAh battery, and Android 4.3. The 3G model comes with a Hisilicon CPU, while the 4G model has a Snapdragon 400. One of the more unique features of the device is its ability to reverse charge. It can charge other handsets that are connected to the Mate 2, so it can function as an external battery brick on the go.

Huawei plans on releasing the device on US shores at some point, but there’s no official word on when that might be.

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Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth2 aims to compete in the affordable tablet market

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Huawei has stepped in to the crowded affordable tablet market with an updated device, the MediaPad 7 Youth2. With a metallic frame, the MediaPad 7 Youth2 comes with a 1024×600 7-inch display, a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. The tablet does support microSD cards for additional storage. The tablet will come with Huawei’s Emotion UI 1.6 running on top of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The device will come equipped with 2G/3G antennas, so Huawei suggests it could double as a phone letting users eliminate one of their devices. The tablet also comes with built-in support for GPS. » Read the rest

Huawei CEO confirms three upcoming processors, 64-bit octa-core chipset is one of them

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Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, has confirmed that his company is working on three new processors for its devices. While one is a quad-core chipset, the two others are octa-core. The quad-core chipset is based on ARM Cortex-A9 and one of the octa-core chipsets is based on ARM Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7. The final octa-core chipset, however, will have 64-bit architecture and fall under Huawei’s Hisilicon brand. It will have ARM Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57, meaning that it will essentially contain two quad-core chipsets. Yu claims that Huawei will have the 64-bit octa-core chipset ready this year. » Read the rest

Huawei takes a stab at the Android video game console market with Tron mini-console

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Android video game consoles are a popular trend lately as we’ve seen with the OUYA console and the Mad Catz MOJO console. And of course, anything that’s worth doing is worth overdoing, so Huawei is going to throw their hat in the ring with their latest mini console titled Tron. It’ll run a slightly tweaked version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Huawei’s own digital store for content. That probably means no Play Store, unfortunately.

The actual hardware isn’t bad, with a Tegra 4 CPU, 2 GB of RAM and standard WiFi radios. The Tron will be available in 16 and 32 GB storage variants, as well as black and white color schemes. The console itself is cylindrical and looks pretty basic with no LEDs or anything. The controller sticks out the most looking like an Xbox 360 controller with a touchpad crammed between the buttons. That touchpad will likely come in handy when trying to play touch-screen only games, though, so you can’t fault Huawei for trying. » Read the rest

Hands on with the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G at CES 2014

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Huawei pulled the wraps off of the Ascend Mate 2 4G this morning at CES. It sports the same size display (6.1-inches) as the original Ascend Mate, but it gets a significant processor and battery upgrade. The Ascend Mate 2 sports a Snapdragon 800 and a whopping 4,050mAh battery. That battery is so big that it sports reverse charging so you can charge a friends phone if you wish. Check out the hands on video after the break.

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Huawei announces Ascend Mate 2 4G smartphone, plans to bring it to the U.S.

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After a recent leak of images of Huawei’s successor to the Ascend Mate, the Ascend Mate 2, it is no surprise to see the device at CES 2014. This refreshed version of a super-sized smartphone will come with a 6.1-inch screen running at 720p resolution. While giving up some sharpness to manufacturers producing 1080p or greater screens for their smartphone devices, the lower energy demands combined with Huawei’s 4050 mAh battery means the device should run for quite a while between charges. Huawei claims under “normal use” that translates to 60 hours per charge or 12 hours of constant web surfing. » Read the rest

Huawei hints at new Ascend series device in new teaser video

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Huawei plans to unveil a brand new “Ascend” series device at CES 2014 next week in Las Vegas, but it’s unclear on the specifics. A sequel to the Ascend P6 has been rumored, which could be branded as the Ascend P6S or the P7. Photographs of the Ascend Mate 2 have been leaked recently, so this could be the mystery device as well.

Either way, video after the break teases the new Ascend phone to come next week. We’ll know which one it is (or both) soon enough!

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