Posts tagged with: Huawei
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    It's unusual to see a Chinese firm sue other companies for stealing their unique designs — partly because those other companies copy each other at rapid pace that you can't really tell who came up with what in the first place. It's mostly due to loose regulations in the country guiding intellectual property. But it's Huawei suing Korean manufacturer Samsung in both the US and China with claims that the chaebol hasn't been paying up for patents covering 4G technology, operating systems and user interfaces. Shenzhen is still willing to negotiate licensing terms if the chaebol comes to the ...

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    Kantar released its report on the state of the smartphone market last week, now it's Gartner's turn. More smartphones entered the market in this quarter than the same time last year. Fittingly in time for Google I/O, it's a victory this time around for Android at the expense of all the other major platforms. Research firm Gartner reported first quarter sales for smartphones worldwide totaled 349 million units, up 3.9 percent annually. Android sold approximately 293.8 million units representing 84 percent of the market, up more than 5 points. Apple itself reported iPhone sales, but Gartner ...

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    We've been watching some of these partnerships for years, and other collaborations are new territory for consumers. Phone manufacturers can generate a lot of buzz and generate some healthy headlines when announcing a partnership with a camera company. It's exciting to see a fancy new label printed on the back of our phones, highlighting a photography reputation designed to impress us. A logo is slapped on the side of the box. Companies deliver press releases, but when actually using the fruits of those partnerships, do consumers actually benefit from these licensing deals? Do we really get ...

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    Perhaps fearing the pretty impressive sequels to the beloved third-gen Moto G unveiled yesterday in India would enter the US scene earlier than July, as the “mid-summer” ETA appears to suggest, Huawei and Newegg joined forces for the best Honor 5X deal to date. That’s if you don’t count last month’s one-dollar promo, which was more a raffle type of publicity stunt, and the occasional bundle affair where you can score free accessories like earphones and cases. Just how much more affordable can the $200 Honor 5X get? Well, if you hurry, the all-metal 5.5-incher is yours at a measly ...

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    CEO Tim Cook may try to shine a bright light on Apple’s recent financial numbers, spinning them in such a way that sales decline signals forthcoming growth, and weak China penetration beats yesteryear’s even lousier box-office scores in the world’s largest smartphone market. Meanwhile, the Apple Watch is still considered a hit, and future generations will only make naysayers realize how they can’t live without an iPhone-compatible wearable. Then again, it’s impossible to deny the massive sequential drop in global demand, despite discounts seizing the timepiece its fair share of ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Is Apple Music deleting your downloaded music? What does Lenovo have up its sleeve for the next generation of Motorola devices? What are we looking forward to at this Google I/O? Plus, we're giving away TWO phones to celebrate TWO hundred episodes! We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone comparisons, and of course we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready! It's time for episode 200 of the Pocketnow ...

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    Most of the discussion on Huawei's latest phone has focused on photography and video performance. No surprise there, as the dual camera experiment, a joint collaboration with boutique manufacturer Leica, is an interesting development. We're a bit guilty of that too, as our first video after unboxing, was to take that camera for a spin. The P9 is more than just a pair of camera sensors however. Our review unit arrived with a 5.2" 1080p LCD, 3GB, 32GB of storage, a Kirin 955 octa-core chipset, and a 3,000mAh battery. This processor was something of an unknown, as this is the first time we've ...

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    Kantar Worldpanel ComTech’s smartphone numbers for the three months ending March 2016 are in, and it’s the same old story over again. Android keeps surging, Windows Phone moves one step closer to obsolescence, while iOS posts more worrying losses. Wait, that’s not exactly what Apple came to expect from a timeframe in which the latest iPhone release wasn’t quite out-of-date. But after underwhelming holiday sales, and a recent financial report causing panic among investors, we’re not at all shocked to hear the global mobile OS duopoly is slowly heading towards a monopoly. ...

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    Although it technically moved out of a two-year-long beta test back in the fall of 2013, “hybrid” mobile operator Republic Wireless continued to offer services that felt experimental and unripe for the mainstream segment. Until today, when a critical T-Mobile collaboration is officially announced, alongside network compatibility for seven of the most popular Android smartphones available stateside. Well, more like six, plus the entry-level Galaxy J3 (2016). The seven handhelds are manufactured by four of the top five US industry brands, and will range in price from $180 to $800. The ...

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    Exactly like Xiaomi, Huawei gave priority and put the spotlight first on its newest remarkably affordable phablet before also talking entry-level wearable releases at a Beijing press event yesterday. But unlike its domestic arch-rival, the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer was ultimately open about the full specs and capabilities of the Honor Band A1, which will begin shipping on Chinese shores in exactly two weeks. As the name suggests, the A1 isn’t a series pioneer, though it really looks nothing like the Honor Band Zero fitness watch. The new guy is an extremely ...

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    While we won’t pretend to understand Huawei’s dual-brand release strategy, with many of its phones rehashed as lower-priced Honor-series models, it’s sure nice to see a jumbo-sized P9 sold for the equivalent of $350. That’s right, the Honor V8 is official at last, and its “entry-level” configuration, with 32GB internal storage, a Full HD 5.7-inch screen and no NFC, will set you back 2,300 Yuan in China. NFC support oddly fetches an extra RMB 200 ($30) by itself, whereas digital hoarders and spec junkies can get a 64GB ROM/2K display resolution variant at 2,800 Yuan, or $430. ...

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    Here at Pocketnow, we pride ourselves on producing some of the most in depth lifestyle examinations of smartphone performance available online. Recently we've taken to reviewing phone cameras in the same way we might examine a standalone camera. Our Real Camera Reviews are deep-dive videos for folks who want to know as much about photo and video performance as we can demonstrate while shooting in real world conditions. The major phone releases for the first half of 2016 have all been reviewed. Looking at Samsungs, HTCs, LGs, Huaweis, and iPhones, which phone cameras rise to the top for the ...

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    We recently produced a full, in depth review focusing on the camera performance of the Huawei P9, where in that review we made the following statement: While we might be concerned to see the smaller f/2.2 apertures over competing phones, on sensors this small, the difference in depth of field blur between f/1.8 and f/2.2 is fairly minimal. We still achieve a nice shallow blur to backgrounds... We got a few comments on that review regarding the above statement about aperture size and how it affects depth of field. Several people felt we were too nice on the Huawei, or were oversimplifying ...

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    When choosing your next smartphone, some argue that pure Android is the way to go. The question is if following an ideal is really better than everything else? By now, most of the world already knows about Samsung’s new Galaxy. The company does a tremendous job at marketing its flagships, and our reviews prove that this year, marketing isn’t the only good thing about this phone. By contrast Google is at the opposite end of the Marketing food chain, but at least among geeks, the cult following behind a pure Android experience is strong. Today we decided to test what it was like to live ...

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    Galaxy Note 6 rumors are heating up. What might be in store for Samsung's next phablet? We ask our viewers, which HTC has the best BoomSound? HTC 10 or the One M9? And we're wrapping up our time with the iPad Pro 9.7. Can this tablet really be used for work? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone comparisons, and of course we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready! It's time for episode 199 of the ...

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    The most interesting things about Huawei's P9 are the dual camera sensors on the back. This is the first device born of the collaboration between Huawei and Leica, and it's not without a little controversy. While Huawei representatives insist that Leica was an active partner in developing the camera hardware and software for the P9, many are still concerned this might only be a branding exercise. Regardless of the logos on the box, or the lofty certifications referenced, the P9 is an interesting photography experiment. We've seen dual sensor phones before, but none with quite the same ...

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    Apple's apocalypse/demise/plateau has firmed up enough for the time being to give Samsung the biggest portion of the US smartphone market. At least, it was the case back in March. Counterpoint Research reports that Apple had 23 percent market share, short of Samsung's 28.8 percent. It's the first monthly win for Samsung in 11 months and signals that the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge did indeed have great first-month results, especially when pitting them against the Galaxy S6's sales. Rounding the top five are LG (17.1 percent), ZTE (6.6 percent) and Alcatel (4.5 percent). Global ...

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    Even though the “Lite” version of Huawei’s latest flagship phone was rumored to discard the key dual rear camera selling point, its other specifications made it pretty weird that a formal announcement was put on hold all this time. But as it turns out, the P9 Lite will not ultimately be branded that way, at least in China, where it’s just been officially unveiled as the Huawei G9. Similar to how the GX8 strongly resembles the ultra-low-cost Honor 5X, this G9 is almost an exact replica of the Honor 5C, with a much higher price tag for some reason. Namely, 1,700 Yuan, or around $260, ...

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    Android distribution numbers are out for the previous month and it seems like platform stratification has started to unwind just a bit. Out of the 11 APIs recognized, seven lost share while Marshmallow was the only version of the OS to grow in share. Lollipop is still the largest contingent in the space with 35.6 percent of the pie while KitKat, experiencing the largest loss for the month, is holding onto second place with 32.5 percent share. Marshmallow is still behind the 20.1 percent that Jelly Bean had, but it ate up all of the other versions' losses with a near 3 point gain to 7.5 ...

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    Chinese manufacturers have trended away from Apple and more towards Samsung in terms of smartphone design. With the Xiaomi Mi 5's fit and finish taking more inspiration from the Galaxy S7 and the Vivo Xplay 5 flat-out going S7 edge, the rumor machine has been giving hints to more of these double-curved display devices coming soon. One Weibo user is reporting that Xiaomi and Huawei are working on such phones with the former's possibly taking on the "Mi Edge" name and the latter's likely flowing with "Mate Edge." Original, right? Here's the rub: Xiaomi is apparently turning to LG Display for ...

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    2016 is turning out to be a year for interesting camera experiments. Huawei is the second company this year to use dual rear cameras on a flagship phone. Unlike the LG G5, which has a standard camera and an extreme wide angle shooter, the P9 has two cameras with the same view, but with different tasks for color and light. The primary camera takes color photos just like any other smartphone might, but the second sensor only shoots in black and white. This monochrome sensors is designed to maximize light and detail. It's something of a tech metaphor, meant to perform similarly to how the ...

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    Despite arriving to the Android Wear party a little late, and boldly going for Apple Watch’s jugular with similarly extravagant pricing, the Huawei Watch didn’t take long to develop a cult following of sorts. Still, many prospective buyers held off waiting for discounts and bundle deals, which have become rather frequent recently. Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg are currently selling a number of 42mm configurations at probably their lowest tags yet, with stainless steel frames and various finishes, colors and band types. Of course, the black suture leather strapped model remains the most ...

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    If a 44mm smartwatch makes sense for your wrist, you may interested in either Huawei Watch for Women — one is encrusted with Swarovski zirconia and named "Jewel" while the plainer one is named "Elegant." We got to know them at CES and it was a full month ago that the Google Store started listing, but not selling the two. Google's still not selling them, but Best Buy, Newegg and B&H are to varying extents. With Best Buy, it only has an entry for the "Jewel" on its site, though it looks more like the Elegant — the picture and the price of $449.99 are the tells. Orders will get ...

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    When Huawei decides to put out a flagship, there comes flying from the factories a few of its friends. Something large. Something small. Sometimes, some thing that's a little mid-ranger. And that's where we get to know the Huawei G9 over some paint-poisoned fruit and some Ferrero Rocher. Yes, we know that the US just got hold of the Huawei GX8, but we're talking China here and they're looking forward to a May 4 event for this new device. We're hearing a few analogues that connect the G9 to the Honor 5C, the main one being that they share use of the Kirin 650 chipset — eight cores clocked ...

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