Huawei’s Ascend P7, the follow-up to the Ascend P6 as seen above (Huawei is really clever with their naming schemes), has been more-or-less confirmed thanks to an internal document that leaked. The Ascend P7 is going by the code name Sophia and will feature a pretty hefty update to what Huawei usually offers. We’ll likely see a 5-inch, full HD screen as well as Huawei’s Emotion 2.0 UI. The processor will be one of Huawei’s in-house chips, but it’s a quad-core clocked at 1.6 GHz. There’s also 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage space on board, plus a microSD card slot. The device will also reportedly have a very high 8 megapixel front-facing camera, which is supposedly going to be used to take “best selfie videos.”
Huawei seems like it has always been under the eye of scrutiny after several accusations of cyberspying in the US, and it looks like they’ll finally exit the US smartphone market because of those claims. Huawei believes if they get caught in the middle of relations between the US and China, it could spell serious trouble for the company, and they’re looking to completely avoid that risk altogether.
Many companies have already stopped using Huawei for network equipment, but they still have a presence in the low-end smartphone market in the US. There’s no word on if they’ll pull out 100% with their phones, but the network equipment installation and maintenance will cease.
source: 9to5 Google
The Huawei Glory 4 was teased a while back by Huawei CEO Richard Yu, but no specs for the device were known until today. The specs for the Glory 4, a rival to Xiaomi’s Red Rice, were leaked today from Chinese website MyDrivers, showing off a very impressive phone indeed!
Richard Yu mentioned that the Glory 4 would be a better value for the money than the Xiaomi Red Rice, and the specs of the device certainly aren’t a laughing matter. In fact, the Glory 4 is set to make use of the MediaTek MT6592 “true octa-core” processor, as well as a 720p HD touchscreen, 13MP rear facing camera, and a 5MP front-facing camera. The device is also set to have 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, and will run Huawei Emotion UI 2.0 on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
The only thing left to find out about the device is it’s price. Don’t expect to see this one outside of China.
Huawei’s Ascend P6S isn’t their only device that has leaked. Today, the Ascend Mate 2 has posed for some photos and we have information on the specifications for the handset. This phablet’s screen comes in at 6.1-inches. But we now know that it will be a 1080p IPS display. The Mate 2 will have a 1.6Ghz quad-core Cortex-A9 processor with 2GB of RAM and Mali-450 GPU. Like the Ascend P6S, this handset will run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Huawei’s Emotion UI, but a software update could allow it to ship with Android 4.4 KitKat at launch. Right now we see 16GB variant as the only storage option. With both the Ascend P6S and Mate 2 seeing massive leaks as of late, we can expect to see them both formally unveiled fairly soon.
Hit the break for a gallery of the leaked images.
Huawei’s upcoming device for its Ascend line has leaked in multiple photos. The Ascend P6S is set to have an octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM underneath a 4.7-inch IPS 720p display. The device is going to have a brand new chipset that allows power consumption to be lowered while also improving performance by 80%. The new chipset is likely to be based on ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture that allows for eight cores to be running the show with less power consumption and impressive performance. The front camera will be an impressive 5MP camera and the rear will be 8MP. The leaks show the device running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean; however, Android 4.4 KitKat is expected in January so there’s a chance it could launch with the latest version of Android.
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Samsung and Apple continue to be at the top of global smartphone market share, but there’s a new number 3. Huawei has overtaken LG, according to estimates from Strategy Analytics. Huawei now owns 5.1% of sales, while LG is at 4.8%, a switch in positions from Quarter 2. This isn’t the first time Huawei has appeared at this position, but while LG continued to grow during Q2, Huawei grew even faster. Researchers attribute the rise to the Ascend P6 and the mainstream G610, particularly in China.
Otherwise, Samsung still leads the world with a 35.2% share, with Apple still in second place with 13.4%. Click through the break to read the full official press release from Strategy Analytics.
Last week, we heard the crazy report that Microsoft was asking HTC to put Windows Phone OS on Android tablets. Apparently, HTC wasn’t the only manufacturer Microsoft talked to. A new report says that Microsoft also had discussions with Samsung and Huawei asking them to dual-boot their Android devices with Windows Phone OS for smartphones, and Windows RT for tablets – for free.
Why would Microsoft do this for free, plus compensation for necessary adaptation costs? Because they desperately want it to appear that their operating system is growing in popularity. In addition, it seems that Samsung already has a Windows RT/Android dual-booted Galaxy Tab 2014 edition in the works. It’s going to be around 12 inches, very thin, and with a “crazy good” retina display, according to sources.
Stay tuned for more info.
Source: Unwired Review
Today, Huawei unveiled their Honor 3 smartphone, which is following the waterproof/dustproof trend. It’s not a high-end flagship offering, but it’s a cool device nonetheless. You’ll find a modest 720p 4.7-inch screen that can recognize wet hands, a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, a 13 megapixel camera, Android 4.2.2, 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory. You’ll also find an IR blaster on board, which makes the device a pretty good bang for your buck when you consider it’s priced at about $309.
What do you think about all of these waterproof devices we’ve seen in the past year? Just a useless trend or a nice option to have in a smartphone?
The Huawei Ascend P6 is one of the world’s thinnest smartphones, but being so thin could cost them. Huawei believes that they could sell 10 million units of the device, but they have run into a problem. The 4.7-inch HD in-cell LCD panels used to make the phone’s screen are running out, as there is currently more demand than supply for the P6. The phone is currently priced at CNY $2688 ($440 USD), but if demand stays the same and supply goes down, that price is going to have to go higher.
According to an unconfirmed report on Hungarian tech site Tech 2, ASUS is working on a new tablet device that is only 6mm thick. If accurate, this would enable ASUS to grab the crown for thinnest tablet away from Sony and their 6.9mm thick Sony Xperia Tablet Z. For the time being, the Huawei Ascend P6 has grabbed the title of word’s thinnest smartphone, so a 6mm thick ASUS tablet would also beat that device.
Beyond the report of the device being super thin, no other details are known, like the size of the screen or what operating system the device might have. We will have to keep an eye out for any devices or announcements surfacing at IFA 2013 about a 6mm thick ASUS device.
source: Tech 2