On Monday, Huawei posted an image teasing what it has planned for MWC 2015. The company did not include anything but the silhouette of an unidentified device with the tagline ‘Next is here’ attached. The styling of the teaser closely resembles what Samsung has done with its MWC 2015 teaser. And, yes, the taglines are similar as well. Samsung is using ‘What’s Next’ and Huawei’s answer is that the ‘Next is here’.
There is some belief that the device teased by Huawei is a smartwatch that features its own 4G LTE connection. Nothing is confirmed at this time and there have been almost nothing to support the smartwatch theory, so we will have to wait and see in a few weeks what Huawei has going on.
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Huawei’s upcoming flagship device, the P8, may have shown up in benchmarks, confirming some of the specs of the device. The benchmark came from a device with a model number of ML100-UL00, and it scored fairly highly, giving credibility to the rumors.
The processor in question was an unnamed octa-core CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz. The benchmark score was higher than the older Kirin 620, and it’s fairly close to the Kirin 925 in the Ascend Mate 7. If this does end up being the P8 with this particular chipset, it will be the first Kirin 930 device on the market. Read more
A new season is approaching and that means new devices are to come. From Huawei, it seems as if a new device from the Mate line is coming. On Twitter, leaksfly posted two images of what is allegedly the Mate 7 Compact. It looks much like the original Mate 7 — simplistic design with on-screen buttons and camera/flash rear setup. The rear also includes the same fingerprint scanner below the camera. The original Mate 7 had a 6-inch display, so the Mate 7 Compact could have a display measuring 5.5 or 6-inches.
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Huawei may be bringing a smaller version of its Ascend Mate 7 to MWC this year, if rumors about the mini phone are true. While the Ascend Mate 7 features a massive 6-inch screen, the Compact may shrink down just a 5.5-inch display. It’s tough to call that a compact device, but it’s still technically smaller than the larger variant.
The rumors don’t suggest anything else about the device, such as the processor or screen resolution, but it’s possible it’ll carry similar hardware as the normal Ascend Mate 7. MWC 2015 isn’t too far off, so hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to find out. Read more
Huawei hasn’t exactly kept its successor to the Ascend P7 a secret. After all, the Chinese manufacturer has been posting teasers on its social networking platforms left, right and centre. Unfortunately, none of them bestowed any indication of its design, but now that’s all about to change.
The new phablet from Huawei, the Mate 8, has received a brand new photo leak. While it doesn’t show the phone in its entirety, but the photos show off a rather large handheld device. What we see from the photos it shows a gold and black colored device similar to that of Huawei’s special edition top-tier phones.
The next handset from Huawei will presumably be the successor to the Ascend P7. This time around, however, the naming will be slightly different. The company is apparently dropping the word “Ascend” when naming future phones. This means that the next handset will simply be known as the Huawei P8.
Omlet Chat, touted as an open social platform, was started as a spinoff from Stanford University’s StartX platform. Now, the messaging app will be pre-installed on upcoming Huawei devices (running Android) following the announcement of a partnership. Omlet will be tailored for Huawei devices, saying that “the partnership will also make the social experience on Huawei more fluid, freeing people to share messages, images, videos, and themes from across the device with one click.” The first feature to hit Huawei devices due to the partnership is photo sharing from the lock screen.
All Omlet features will ship with Huawei devices starting later this year.
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Last month Huawei introduced the Honor 6 Plus, a follow-up device to the Honor 6 that was released earlier in the year. The Honor 6 Plus bumped up the screen size to a 5.5-inch display compared to the Honor 6’s 5.0-inch display. When initially released, Huawei was only making the device available in the Chinese market. Now, buyers outside of China have a chance to get the Honor 6 Plus for $399 thanks to Oppomart which is selling an unlocked version.
The $399 that you shell out for the Honor 6 Plus will get you a 16 GB version that does support 4G LTE. The main caveat is that you have to want a white phone as that is the only color that is currently available. Along with the 5.5-inch 1080p full HD screen and support for 4G LTE, Huawei gave the device an octa-core Kirin CPU running at 1.8 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, and the dual 8 MP camera setup particular to the Honor devices. Huawei also gave the device their Emotion UI on top of Android 4.4.
If you want to check out the Huawei Honor 6 Plus or even place an order, hit the source link to start the process.
It is no secret by now that Chinese smartphone manufacturers are finally starting to generate some significant momentum in gaining market share through increasing sales of devices. A leaked memo floating around Huawei as the company preps for the public announcement of their 2014 results reveals strong growth for the manufacturer. According to the data revealed in the memo, sales rose by almost one-third to $11.8 billion in 2014 on the back of a 40% increase in smartphone shipments. If there is any downside, it is the fact that Huawei’s estimated 75 million smartphones shipped lags below their target of 80 million units for the year. Read more