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.
Source: FOSS Patents
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.
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.
source: Phone Arena
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.
Huawei is working on the Ascend G6, which will sport the same thin design as the Ascend P6, but for the budget-minded. Pictured above, it was recently certified for sale in China, which divulged the specs.
The display size is still unknown, but it will sport qHD (960 x 540) resolution. It will also include a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor, 1GB of RAM, microSD slot, 8MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, and support for China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA 3G. It’s also speculated to have Android 4.2 onboard.
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.
The new Nokia Lumias, Nokia’s latest offerings to the smartphone world, can be used with gloves in the winter, unlike HTC‘s phones. This is thanks to a layer on the screen developed by the company Synaptics. In fact, HTC isn’t alone – many smartphones cannot be used with gloves.
Yesterday HTC Russia asked their followers on Twitter how they use a phone in the cold if they don’t want to take off their gloves. Nokia then replied saying that they can “quietly enjoy”, and attaching a picture of their Lumia 520.
If that wasn’t enough to frustrate HTC, Huawei also then joined in and posted a picture of their Ascend P6, which is also usable with gloves.
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.
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.
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.