Huawei takes a stab at the Android video game console market with Tron mini-console

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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. » Read the rest

Hands on with the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G at CES 2014

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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.

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Huawei announces Ascend Mate 2 4G smartphone, plans to bring it to the U.S.

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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. » Read the rest

Huawei hints at new Ascend series device in new teaser video

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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!

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Pictures of Huawei Ascend Mate 2 leak, will feature same display as its predecessor

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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.

Source: Engadget 

2014 isn’t looking to good for LG, HTC, and Huawei

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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.

source: DigiTimes

LG quashes rumor of Huawei partnership

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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

Huawei announces the Glory 3X / Honor 3X with a true octa-core processor and an affordable price

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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).

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Huawei Ascend P7 specs get confirmed thanks to internal document leak

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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.” » Read the rest