Huawei teases new devices for MWC with iPhone and Siri clones

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Yup, not all teaser videos are supposed to make sense. Take Huawei’s latest offering, which uses a phone that resembles an iPhone along with a Siri clone. The narrator asks her, “What’s new at this year’s Mobile World Congress?” Then of course, you get the usual visuals that you find in any teaser along with certain bits of information. However, the visuals take place in the “iPhone” and is narrated by “Siri.” She talks about a tablet, a smartphone, and a new multimedia tablet.

Does the “iPhone” and “Siri” software have anything to do with the new announcements? Probably not, but Huawei sure got our attention this morning didn’t they? Hit the break for the video.


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Huawei to unveil smartwatch and smartphone at Mobile World Congress later this month

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We thought Huawei would be unveiling the successor to the Ascend P6, the Ascend P7, later this month at Mobile World Congress— instead, they’ll be launching another phone, alongside a brand new smartwatch.

Details aren’t yet available on either device, and we’d expect that most would be more interested in the smartwatch of the two. It looks as though Huawei, Apple’s main Asian competitor, will be beating Apple to the wearable market, at least in Asia.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted on all of this, especially because, as always, leaked specs and photos should be coming relatively soon.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Photos of Huawei Ascend P7 appear online

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Judging by how nice the design of the Ascend P6 was, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that the device’s successor, the P7, will look just as nice, or even better.

Thankfully, in a series of leaked photos, we got a nice look at the back panel of the phone, which should be released at Mobile World Congress at the end of February.

In terms of specs, here’s what we have so far:

A 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear shooter, a 1.6GHz HiSilicon chipset.a 2,460mAH battery and Huawei’s EmotionUI 2.0 Android skin.

Hit the break for a  larger photo of the device’s back panel.


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Image surfaces showing supersized 7-inch smartphone from Huawei

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A new image has surfaced showing a new device from Huawei which indicates they are not content to stop at 6.1 inches for the size of a smartphone. The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 was announced last month at CES 2014 with a massive 6.1-inch screen. The new device supposedly has a 7-inch screen that will run at 1920×1200 resolution. Other hardware reportedly included in the device includes a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Sources also report that Huawei considers the device, despite its size, a smartphone and not a tablet. Early pricing rumors suggest the device will sell for 1,200 yuan ($198 USD).

If this were to ever find its way outside of the Asian markets, is it something you would be interested in buying?

source: Weibo
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Huawei P7 “Sophia” shell and design leak, shows extremely small bezels and some sharp corners

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Huawei has been hard at work developing a follow-up to their Ascend P6, and today we’re getting a pretty good look at the design of the Ascend P7, code named “Sophia.” This early render shows a device with some very, very thin bezels, no capacative buttons, and a pretty angular design.

A second leak at Phone Arena shows off the backside shell of the device in person, and it pretty closely resembles the render. The corners aren’t quite as sharp as the render leads on, but the overall angular design is still present in the physical model.

As far as we can tell, the specs of the device are still the same as what we’ve heard previously. 5-inch screen, 1080p resolution, 13 megapixel camera, and a customer quad-core CPU clocked at 1.6 GHz. So far, it looks like Huawei is going to continue making solid, well-designed devices into 2014, although it’s still not likely we’ll ever see this make its way to US markets.

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Samsung’s lead over Apple in market share grows, other OEMs start to show substantial growth

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The final quarter of 2013 was very good for Samsung. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung’s market share grew to more than 29.6%, compared to 29.0% for the same quarter in 2012. In looking at the entire year, Samsung’s share increased to 32.4%, up from 30.4%. Apple’s market share, however, fell in both the final quarter and overall in 2013. Huawei pulled into third and LG sits in fourth. These numbers should be interesting to see in a few months as both Samsung and Apple are slated to announce their latest flagship devices within the next few months.

It is great to see Lenovo joining the mix (in fifth). Hopefully they finally make their way to the United States this year. After all, I don’t think an HTC acquisition is happening just yet; therefore, Lenovo needs to think about doing it on their own.

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Huawei settles with Rockstar Consortium, pays to avoid any legal battle

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Back in October, Rockstar Consortium launched a fierce patent lawsuit against Google and Android. Then in December, Google decided to fight back and stated Rockstar’s own CEO said that every tech company is infringing on their patents. Google, rightfully so, was sticking up for their Android OEMs. But now Rockstar has made one of them give in. Rather than going through a legal battle with a group that has much more power, Huawei has decided to pay off Rockstar.

Had Huawei stood up to Rockstar, they would have faced a group led by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony, and Ericsson. Since Huawei filed a joint motion with Rockstar, the group will now likely push harder against the remaining OEMs they previously sued — Samsung, LG, HTC, ASUS, Pantech, and ZTE. If history means anything, we know one of them will put up a good fight.

Source: FOSS Patents

Huawei’s Ascend P6 S launches following series of leaks

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The Huawei P6 is a super-slim device with some serious horsepower, but its successor, the Ascend P6 S, promises to pack even more punch. Launched today with not much fanfare, the P6 S is a bit thicker (6.5 mm) but has the same battery capacity, 2,000mAh.

While it lacks LTE support, there is now a quad-core 1.6GHz processor. It’s also a dual-SIM, dual-standby phone. The remaining specs are the same as its predecessor— 4.7-inch LCD with 720p resolution, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, an 8MP rear shooter, and a 5MP front camera.


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Huawei Ascend Mate 2 will cost $445

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Huawei showed off their Ascend Mate 2 at CES this year but didn’t mention a price for the device. Today, they’ve announced that they’ll be selling the Ascend Mate 2 for $445 this quarter. For the specs in the device, that’s a very reasonable price.

The Ascend Mate 2 has a 6.1 inch 720p screen, a massive 4,050 mAh battery, and Android 4.3. The 3G model comes with a Hisilicon CPU, while the 4G model has a Snapdragon 400. One of the more unique features of the device is its ability to reverse charge. It can charge other handsets that are connected to the Mate 2, so it can function as an external battery brick on the go.

Huawei plans on releasing the device on US shores at some point, but there’s no official word on when that might be.

source: Phone Arena

Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth2 aims to compete in the affordable tablet market

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Huawei has stepped in to the crowded affordable tablet market with an updated device, the MediaPad 7 Youth2. With a metallic frame, the MediaPad 7 Youth2 comes with a 1024×600 7-inch display, a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. The tablet does support microSD cards for additional storage. The tablet will come with Huawei’s Emotion UI 1.6 running on top of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The device will come equipped with 2G/3G antennas, so Huawei suggests it could double as a phone letting users eliminate one of their devices. The tablet also comes with built-in support for GPS.
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