It’s been quite a party for Samsung. Ever since the Galaxy S was introduced, they never looked back as they stream rolled over the competition. Getting to the top is no easy task, but sometimes it’s actually easier to get there than to stay there. Samsung is definitely feeling it as their market share has dropped significantly over the last year. Are consumers starting to get sick of Samsung’s dominance? Or is this just a bump in the road?
It might only be heading to China, but Huawei has announced a very impressive device. The Honor 6 was unveiled earlier today, featuring a 5-inch 1080p display. Although it runs Android 4.4.2 at its core, the Honor 6 is covered with Huawei’s custom user interface. The impressive part about the Honor 6 is its inside components. Four A15 and four A7 cores make up the Kirin 920 octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM. Along with 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, there is a microSD slot. On the back is a 13MP camera and the front-facing one is 5MP.
Back in April, we heard that Huawei was working on a new device codenamed “Mulan” and benchmarks for the Huawei Mulan was leaked recently.
Now, a handful of pictures coming from the Chinese social network Weibo shows the design of the device along with more specs. It sports a metal frame along with a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device, right below where the camera is located.
Huawei (pronounced Wah-Way) isn’t the most well known name, at least in the U.S., but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world. They might not be in the same ballpark as Samsung and Apple, but they do sit in the 3rd spot with just under 5% of the global market share. Now Huawei has set their sights on Samsung. That is lofty to say the least, but one thing is for sure, you can’t be number one without a presence in the U.S. So Huawei has made the Ascend Mate2 4G available for purchase now. Unfortunately, it’s not available at a carrier store, which is where most consumers feel comfortable buying a phone. However, if you’re willing to order it online, you can grab it unlocked and contract free for only $299. It’s GSM and LTE based, so it will work on either AT&T or T-Mobile. Should your next smartphone be a Huawei? Well hit the break to get started.
We had a chance to see the Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G in action at CES, and today it becomes the first Huawei phone to be available for purchase in the U.S. If you’re looking for a large and in charge phone, this one might be for you. This 6.1-inch (1280 x 720) beast is priced at $299 unlocked and contract free and can only be purchased directly from Huawei.
Other specs include a 1.6 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, an Adreno 305 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to an additional 64GB of storage, 13MP rear camera BSI with 2.0 aperture (1080p video capture), 5MP front-facing camera, 3,900mAh battery, LTE, GSM, UMTS, HTPA+, Gorilla Glass 3, and Android 4.3. It has one of the largest screen-to-body ratios (79%) and is only 9.5mm thick.
Huawei seems to be skipping the Honor 4 and 5 and jumping straight to the Honor 6. The device should include a 5″ 1080p display, but all we know about the device as far as specs go other than it including the Kirin 920.
With a number of companies releasing LTE octa-core chips, it looks like Huawei is ready to join them. Huawei’s new Kirin 920 is made up of a quad Cortex-A15, plus a quad Cortex-A7. These two cores work simultaneously, along with a Mali-T628 GPU.
The chip also includes a multi-mode LTE Cat 6 radio, allowing for data speeds of up to 300 Mbps on carriers that are set up for carrier aggregation. The Kirin 920 also has a low-power I3 sensor co-processor, along with a Tensilica HIFI3 audio processor. A release date is still yet to be announced.
Huawei’s flagship device for 2014, code named “Mulan,” has shown up in the AnTuTu benchmark database. We’re getting a pretty good look at what’s going to power the device, and it looks like it’s going to be a pretty powerful phone. The benchmark confirms an octa-core Kirin processor, 3 GB of RAM, and a 4.9-inch 1080p screen, which is definitely on the same level as the devices that are currently being released.
Huawei has updated their Honor lineup of aggressively priced, high spec devices with two new handsets, including the Honor 3X Pro and the Honor 3C 4G.
The Honor 3X Pro is pretty similar to the existing Honor 3X, but it has a 1080p screen instead of a 720p screen, twice as much internal storage space, and a new texture for the back of the device. Otherwise, it’s the same as the older model with a 5.5-inch display, 13 megapixel camera, 2 GB of RAM, and an octa-core MediaTek processor. The 3X Pro is priced at 1,698 yuan, 272 US dollars. Not a bad deal.
Earlier today Huawei officially unveiled the new Huawei Ascend P7 smartphone. To help generate additional interest in the device and help potential buyers understand some of the decisions and technology that went into the device, Huawei has released a couple videos touching on these subjects.