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.
Huawei just held a nice little event in Paris, and as expected, the star of the show was the Ascend P7. It comes in at only 6.5mm thick and weighs a mere 124 grams. Those of you that like to take selfies will love the 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.4 aperture and five-element aspherical lens. It also includes IMAGESmart 2.0, which includes 10 levels of auto-facial enhancement as well as some wide-angle functions. There is even a panoramic group selfie mode, which Huawei is referring to “groufies.”
The phone comes with Android 4.4 along with Huawei’s own UI called Emotion (version 2.3). This new version of Emotion includes an updated version of Do Not Disturb as well as a new permission manager.
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Some images have leaked on the Chinese site Weibo suggesting Huawei has a new device for their “Glory” line of smartphones, a device that is heavily influenced by Samsung’s design cues. The device, referred to a a Huawei Glory 3X Pro, comes with a Samsung inspired faux leather back similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Huawei’s Ascend P6 made some waves as a sleeker option for Android lovers. Although limited in specific markets, it didn’t stop international users from shipping it to their homeland.
The Ascend P7, the P6′s sequel, promises to be even better, and we’ve finally gotten some up close pictures of the device. Hit the break below for a gallery of shots.