Posts tagged with: Huawei
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    For the bloggers that cover them, one of the greatest things about trade shows is the opportunity to connect with counterparts from other publications ... and to podcast with them. Sometimes the best salve for a salvo of comparison videos shot back-to-back over 13 hours is a few minutes in front of the mic with friends, picking up the pieces while picking out the messages, trends, and lessons from the show. Helping us do that on today's Pocketnow Weekly podcast are two luminaries of the mobile tech world, both of whom have been on our guest "wish list" for over a year. Fresh from ...

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    Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 are fresh devices launched at the ongoing IFA 2014. In fact, they're so fresh, that our coverage has already started on the Ascend Mate 7 with an on-location unboxing, while we only had the chance to have a quick and dirty hands-on with the Galaxy Note 4. What do these two phablet-class smartphones have in common, and what are the differences? That's what we're trying to find out in our Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Huawei Ascend Mate 7 video below. However, both feature huge screens: 5.7- and 6-inches, respectively, while one has a ...

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    At this point, with so many IFA 2014 product launches out of the way, it's starting to become very clear which devices we just aren't going to see announced. Yes, rumors did an excellent job this year at predicting what we'd see debut, but not every thread has led somewhere fruitful. In the days leading up to the expo, we heard about HTC's rumored smartwatch plans, with the company supposedly working on a pair of models that would arrive this month. So why hasn't there been a peep about these at IFA? According to a new source, it's because HTC has ended up getting cold feet, and has ...

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    Metal construction. A Kirin 925 SoC. 4100mAh of battery capacity. Spec, by spec, Huawei captivated us in Berlin earlier today as it announced its Ascend Mate 7. We grabbed a hold of this latest flagship phablet and slipped away from the show floor to give the Mate 7 a little one-on-one attention for a Pocketnow unboxing video. Once the hustle and bustle of IFA dies down, we'll be bringing you a full review of the Mate 7, and that's a good thing, as it's going to take quite a bit of time to give all the features Huawei has baked-in here the attention they need. Will that fingerprint scanner ...

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    One of the two all-new Androids Huawei launched at its IFA press event earlier today, the Ascend G7 sets out to be an affordable option for smartphone shoppers looking for a phone a little on the larger side of things. The 5.5-incher has to keep a few specs dialed-back in order to still hit the 300 EUR price point Huawei's going with, like the presence of just a 720p display, but does it still have what it takes to be an attractive phone you might what to buy for yourself? Let's take a look at the Ascend G7 so you can begin deciding for yourself. One of the big pluses we noticed straight ...

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    Already at IFA this morning we've seen Huawei introduce the Ascend Mate 7 and Ascend G7, and while those help fulfill some of the Huawei rumors we'd been hearing leading up to this week, there was one more big one: the company had been officially teasing the launch of an updated version of its existing Ascend P7 handset with a scratch-resistant sapphire glass display. Just as we were hoping, today in Berlin Huawei shared new details about its sapphire-enhanced Ascend P7. It's not just sapphire, though: remember how we were curious what would be happening with the P7's back panel? The ...

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    The six-inch Ascend Mate 7 phablet isn't Huawei's only new device ready to premiere in Berlin today, and while that one may very well be up in the flagship space, the manufacturer came prepared to introduce models hitting a variety of price points. We've just seen it go official with a new mid-ranger, the 5.5-inch Ascend G7. Like the Ascend Mate 7, one of the big selling points Huawei is pushing for the Ascend G7 is the phone's metallic construction, giving it a premium look and feel. Unsurprisingly, though, this being a mid-range device, the rest of the hardware takes a few hits. Like ...

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    Nearly a month ago we were checking out an early Huawei IFA 2014 teaser, featuring the shadowy image of a handset that -when the light hit it just right- seemed to form the shape of the numeral 7. Was this a sign? A seven-inch screen, perhaps? Rumors were quick to say "no," insisting that this was a six-inch model, and that the 7 referred to the phone's name. Well, today Huawei's IFA event is finally upon us, and we get an answer to that mystery as the company announces its Ascend Mate 7. Sure enough, we're looking at a six-inch phablet, one with a 1080p display. The phone's powered by one ...

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    Who's ready for a little Funkausstellung? We're about a week away from the start of IFA 2014, where mobile device manufacturers from all around the world will descend on Berlin to show off their newest products. The F in IFA –Funkausstellung– may translate as “radio show,” but the expo has evolved far beyond its early audio roots to feature the very latest in smartphones, tablets, and wearables. The Pocketnow team will be on the ground in Germany to share with you everything IFA 2014 has to deliver (or at least, everything worth seeing) but before we send our boys abroad, we wanted ...

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    Smartphones with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protecting their displays are no longer the stuff of bank-breaking luxury phones; with the launch of the Kyocera Brigadier, they're soundly within reach of the average smartphone buyer. Still, sapphire's arrived with more of a whimper than a bang, and it remains to be seen if efforts from big names like Apple will be what the material needs to really go mainstream. Another manufacturer has just stepped forward with news of a sapphire-screened handset of its own, as Huawei confirms rumors about its plans for a sapphire-covered version of ...

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    Tizen just can't seem to get off the ground when it comes to smartphones. Sure, Samsung's put the platform inside its consumer electronics, and the OS powers the majority of the company's smartwatches, but a Tizen smartphone continues to elude us. Sure, we saw the Samsung Z go official a couple months back, but the phone's been hit with delay after delay since then, and now it's anyone's guess when (or if) sales might actually begin. Keep in mind, though, while it may seem like Samsung's baby, Tizen is actually an effort from multiple companies; could any other players be working on Tizen ...

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    IFA 2014 is just a couple weeks away, and smartphone companies everywhere have already been getting us psyched-up for their respective showings by dropping a few hints here and there of what we can expect. Some have been relatively straightforward, like that ASUS smartwatch teaser from yesterday, while others can be a bit more inscrutable. Today, Huawei's got a clever one out, and it might just take a little brainstorming before we're fully able to get to the bottom of it. That first image seems clear enough, hinting at a device with some sort of fingerprint authentication, but what about ...

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    Even though Huawei is still many steps away from being popular in the United States, the company is huge in Asia, and it's also gaining a lot of traction in emerging markets like Latin America. We've seen some interesting innovations from this company in every tradeshow that we cover, and we know that IFA is the company's next frontier. It seems that Huawei has already begun to tease what we should expect to see at its IFA event, and there's nothing small about these rumors. Huawei's press event will happen on September 4th, and the press invitations show us a seven being drawn with the ...

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    Updated with high-quality audio and links to download and stream below! Enjoy! Round smartwatches, roundly terrifying TOS agreements, and roundtable smartphone discussion: 'round here, it doesn't take much more than that to get a mobile podcast together, and –assuming the Hangouts gods will it– we'll be proving it to you in less than four hours. On today's episode, we're returning to a new favorite in the segments list, plumbing the depths of the podcast inbox to let you know what phone you should buy. We'll also tell you who won last week's smartphone giveaway and surprise you with ...

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    How much do we love you guys? For the fourth week in a row now, we're running a smartphone-themed giveaway, letting you not just get expert opinions and up-to-date news from your visits here at Pocketnow, but also have the chance to score some pretty nice hardware. While our summer of giveaways didn't officially get started until the beginning of July, back in late June this whole movement found its inspiration when we hooked a lucky Pocketnow reader up with a brand new Ascend Mate2 4G LTE from Huawei. With such a great response from that contest, we decided to keep things rolling, and set ...

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    Winner, winner, smartphone... dinner? OK, that doesn't work, but we've still got a winner for our Ascend Mate2 4G LTE giveaway: Dennis E. Miller, congratulations! We'll be in touch shortly to get this Huawei phablet into your hands. Everyone else, check back next Monday for news of our next giveaway. ____ "Pocketnow, you used to be cool. Remember when you started this whole 'summer of giveaways’ a few weeks back, and you had big prizes like that Sony Xperia Z2 with custom Pocketnow skin from dbrand?" Yeah, that was a pretty sweet phone. What about it? "Well those OnePlus One invites ...

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    The close of June marks an end to the latest season of smartphone shindigs: WWDC and Google I/O are behind us, and we've still got a couple months to go until IFA. What's a smartphone fan to do in the interim? Pocketnow's got plenty of news, reviews, and features coming out over the next few weeks to keep even the most fickle smartphone user interested, but this year we thought we'd spice things up even more with a special month-long event. A couple weeks back we brought you our latest smartphone giveaway, as Huawei helped us award a lucky Pocketnow reader a new Ascend Mate2 4G LTE. That ...

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    Update: Thanks to everyone who participated (and for all your helpful comments about what you want to see more -or less- of  from Pocketnow), but the contest is over. Dunzo. No more. While that means that most of you will have to wait for your next chance to win (a wait that might not be too, too long... stay tuned), one of you is walking away from this with a shiny new Ascend Mate2 4G LTE. <drum roll> The Ascend Mate2 4G LTE goes to Pocketnow reader Joshua Robert Cooper. </drum roll> Joshua, check your email for details on collecting your prize. As for the rest of you, ...

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    The Huawei Honor 6 was announced yesterday, as the phone-maker continues to release devices from the Honor family, which tries to combine affordable prices and flagship-like specs. The Huawei Honor 6 will be launched in China on July 1, with pre-orders starting today, June 25. The prices are CNY1,999 (US$321) and CNY2,299, depending on whether you go for the 16 or 32GB storage variants. As far as specs are concerned, the Huawei Honor 6 packs five-inch Full HD screen with 1080 x 1920 resolution, HiSilicon Kirin 920 octa-core processor clocking at 1.7GHz, 3GB RAM, 16 and 32GB storage ...

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    Last week we saw Huawei set its sights squarely on the US market with the launch of its official online store and introduction of the Ascend Mate2 for American shoppers. That move was a big one, and this new focus on Western markets could be key to Huawei's future. The only problem was the Mate2 itself, and while it looks more than capable in some areas, in others there was definitely room for improvement, like the Snapdragon 400 SoC and the presence of a 720p resolution despite the 6.1-inch screen size. Surely Huawei can do a little better, and today we look at what just might be such a ...

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    Huawei will be selling the Ascend Mate2 4G LTE direct to consumers via GetHuawei.com. Read that again: direct to consumers! For our readers across the pond and in various parts of the world outside these United States, that might not sound odd, interesting, or unique. However, for those of us in the States, it's somewhat unusual. Most phones over here are sold with a contract. Sometimes they're peddled by a carrier, but more often than not they're offered by an "authorized reseller" or "value added reseller". That might be a store down the street, a kiosk in the mall, a big box store, or ...

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    This morning is proving to be quite the busy one for Chinese OEMs, and following ZTE's launch of its new Grand S Pro just an hour earlier, we've got a fresh announcement from Huawei, as the manufacturer makes with the details for US availability of its Ascend Mate2 4G LTE, a phone we first got to visit back at the CES in January. Unlike the five-inch ZTE model, this time we're squarely in phablet territory, with the Ascend Mate2's display measuring in at an expansive 6.1 inches. Unfortunately, the IPS panel's resolution isn't as high as the size might suggest, coming in at just 720p. With ...

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    "Who are we?" That's the question Huawei executives opened with at the new Ascend Mate2's press event, and it's a good one indeed. Besides serving as a mnemonic to settle the long debate over how exactly the Chinese company's name is pronounced in English (yes, the "H" is voiced), the question itself is interesting ... because according to Huawei's data, almost 80% of Americans would be unable to answer it. If you're a US citizen and you're familiar with the Huawei brand, that's probably due to the unsteady relations between the telecom giant and the American government, which not too long ...

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    For the past year or so now, when it comes to the systems-on-a-chip that power our smartphones, it's been a story of Qualcomm, Qualcomm, Qualcomm. Yeah, there's the odd Exynos now and then, and Apple's off doing things Apple's own way, but anybody who's anybody has been outfitting their phones with Snapdragon chips. And that's fine – Qualcomm makes a fine SoC – but a little competition's always nice to help keep things fresh, and recently we've seen signs that once-dormant forces in the SoC game may still have some life in them yet: look no further than yesterday's news that Google's ...

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    If nothing else, HTC has always been renowned for its keen sense of design. Its software may have taken a detour down a treacherous path, but the hardware has rarely ever let us down. The Nexus One, One X, One M7, One M8, One S, DROID DNA, DROID Incredible, and many of the in-between devices were all rather pretty and built exceptionally well. (We'll go ahead and forget the ThunderBolt, Rezound, and Inspire 4G existed, Deal? Deal.) In particular, though, HTC has been on a hot streak for the last year and a half. The One M7 was – and still is by many – considered to be one of the most ...

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