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!
Huawei’s powerful Ascend Mate phablet has a successor in the works, and pictures of the brand new Ascend Mate 2 have leaked online. As you’ll see in the pictures, it’s definitely a bit thinner, but has relatively the same square form factor as the original Ascend Mate.
The device will feature a 13MP main shooter, as well as a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM. It’ll also ship with Android 4.2.2 on board as well as Emotion UI. The display is rumored to be the same, so we’ll be looking at a 6.1-inch 720p screen. It’s certainly nothing to sneeze at, but it isn’t the top-of-the-line display we’d expect from Huawei if they’re looking to make a big splash in the market. Hit the source link for more pictures of the device, and even some pictures of it next to its predecessor.
Expect the device to be unveiled at CES next week.
As Samsung and Apple continue to dominate the smartphone market share, other companies like LG and HTC continue to slide. LG was hopeful the G2 would put a dent into Samsung’s armor, but consumers didn’t buy in. According to DigiTimes, LG projected to sell 10 million units, but so far they have only reached 2 million globally. HTC, on the other hand, has gotten a lot of praise for their HTC One, but their financial results continued to slide throughout 2013. Huawei might be in the best position of the three, but even they aren’t doing so well. They were hoping to sell 10 million Ascend P6 smartphones, but they only reached 3 million.
Motorola wasn’t mentioned in their report, but there might be hope for them with the very reasonably priced Moto G, and if they continue to sell the Moto X at lower prices.
The bottomline is that there really isn’t room for more than 2 or 3 flagship phones. Consumers like to stay loyal, and they don’t have the attention span to learn about “other” so-called up and coming phones.
Last month images and specs of the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 leaked, and today we get another look. It appears that it will sport a brushed metal frame and a curved backside. This phone will sport a 6.1-inch (most likely 720p) display, a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, Mali 450 GPU, and 2GB of RAM. Hit the break for more images.
LG is not exactly sure what may be going on over at the Korea Times, but they do know their latest report hinting at an LG partnership with Huawei is nothing but hot air. In a statement released today, LG says “there is no discussion now or in the past with Huawei on any aspects of LG Electronics’ business.” This terse statement came in response to a report in the Korea Times suggesting LG and Huawei may be working on a partnership with at least one of the goals being to help “revive” LG’s smartphone business.
While LG has generally been receiving positive reviews for the devices it released in 2013 like the LG G2 or the Nexus 5, it has continued to struggle in the market to gain share. During the past year LG saw Huawei overtake it in global shipments. However, that lack of market share is attributed to LG’s weakness in the entry-level and lower ends of the market. Coincidentally, that is also the part of the market where Huawei primarily targets their devices. Apparently the analyst cited by the Korea Times thinks LG is feeling the heat and described their smartphone business as “fragile.”
source: The Verge
We are only 3 weeks away from CES, but Huawei is already making some noise. They just announced the Glory 3X (or Honor 3x depending on the region), which was previously referred to as the Honor 4. Now this phone sports and octa-core, but don’t be fooled, this is a mid-tier phone. The octa-core is made by MediaTek (MT6592), and although all eight cores can run at the same time, it packs Cortex-A7’s, so don’t expect performance any better than a Snapdragon 600. That’s why we always say, don’t buy a phone because of specs alone.
As to the rest of the specs, the Glory 3X has a 5.5-inch IPS 720p (1280 x 720) display, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, dual-SIM capability, and 3,000mAh battery. It will be priced a 1698 Yuan ($280).
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.