Posts tagged with: Huawei
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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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    Huawei may not be as big as many of us would think, but that's mainly because it's not as big here as it is in Asia. Still, we can't deny that we were wowed by the company's offerings at MWC 2014, and much of it had to do with the company's new design language. The company is already working on the devices it plans to wow people with during the fall, and one of these just got leaked. We've got the first photos of the Huawei Ascend D3, and if we had to start talking about the internals, this phone is clearly a flagship. Rumors include a 1080p display, and the octa-core HiSilicon Kirin ...

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    Huawei's next Ascend smartphone has been on our minds since last year, but it's only been quite recently that the P7's story has really started coming together. The last five weeks have been full of hardware leaks, brought us a number of pictures of the handset, and have been leading us up to today, for Huawei's scheduled launch event. This morning in Paris the company finally goes official with its latest Android, the Huawei Ascend P7. One of the biggest (or smallest, perhaps) unanswered questions about the P7 has been just how thin it might be, at least compared to the 6.18mm-thick P6. ...

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    Earlier this month we got our first look at Huawei's Ascend P7, though with some serious blurrycam quality to the pics. More recently, we heard about some new shots making the rounds, but those were revealed to be fake before we had a chance to share them with you. Today we've got some new imagery that should hopefully be legit, revealing the phone in white and depicting some very official-looking renders. Everything we see here aligns nicely with that earlier leak, and maybe more importantly, these images from two separate sources match with each other, really helping us feel confident ...

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    Huawei has set a bold goal for 2014: it wants to grow 53.8% compared to last year (it sold 52 million in 2013) when it comes to smartphones shipped globally. The Huawei 2014 target has been set to shipping 80 million smartphones, of course, globally, and over the course of the entire year. How will the Chinese manufacturer achieve this? The company has secured $300 million for its marketing efforts which should boost sales and brand recognition globally, though 40% of the amount is being set aside for its home market, China. In addition to marketing efforts, the company will need to ...

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    In just under a fortnight, on May 7, Huawei is set to reveal its Ascend P7 to the world. We've been talking about the phone since last fall, the presumed successor to the super-thin Ascend P6, and have heard a number of rumored specs, as well as got the chance to check out some possible in-the-flesh pics of the handset itself. As we wait for the model to go official, we get a little update on the P7's hardware, going into further detail about what we might expect. For instance, we've been anticipating that the P7 would follow the P6's lead in being a very thin handset, but we never had a ...

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    A smartphone kill switch, as described by CTIA's Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment, is "a baseline anti-theft tool" which will come, at no additional cost to the customer, pre-installed, or downloadable, on the first phones produced after July 2015, by the manufacturers adhering to the document. Network operators, manufacturers, and OS builders that adhered so far include Apple, AT&T, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless. This so called kill switch will likely grace your next phone -- if manufactured ...

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    Late last December, as we were still gearing-up for CES, we started hearing rumors about an Ascend P7 from Huawei. With a five-inch 1080p display, a 13MP main camera, and a possible 8MP front-facer, the phone sounded decent enough, even if we still didn't know very much about it. But then we didn't see the P7 at CES, nor did we at MWC. Was it still happening? In early March rumors suggested that the phone could launch in May, but that was the last we heard of it. We're still looking to get to the bottom of its launch story, but today we're checking out some new imagery instead, with a ...

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    When talking about smartphones, Apple and Blackberry are somewhat alone in that they make their own  hardware. Phones powered by Microsoft's OS and Android are built by OEMs like HTC, Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and others. Back in the day, major companies like Dell, HP, Compaq and others would outsource the production of their devices to OEMs. Over time, these OEMs began to gain popularity and eventually brought hardware carrying their own brand to the market. Ironically, Compaq, Dell, HP, and others have all but gotten out of the smartphone/PDA game, having been replaced by the OEMs ...

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    What is it about smartphones capable of running multiple operating systems (just like your laptop or home PC can) that has the companies involved so very, very scared? Could entities like Google lack so much confidence in their platforms that they feel compelled to derail OEM plans to deliver handsets that split their time between Android and something like Windows Phone? It's not clear just where everyone's motivations are, but for whatever reason, dual-OS hardware seems to be coming to a screeching halt nearly as soon it enters the public light. First we hear about ASUS backing down from ...

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    A little earlier today we were talking about one of the two big changes to Windows Phone licensing rumored last year that have actually come to pass, with Microsoft dropping licensing fees for some of its new OEMs. The other rumor that proved to be true concerned Microsoft giving the OK for OEMs to use Windows Phone in the context of a dual-boot smartphone, giving users the option to boot into Android. One of those new OEMs, Karbonn, is supposed to release such a device before the end of the year, but now we get word of one that could be out much sooner (and available for sale a lot closer ...

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    With March now upon us, the early year expo season has drawn to a close, as first CES and then MWC delivered their one-two punch of new hardware, services, accessories, and as much mobile news as we could handle. With Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera on the floor in Barcelona, we had dozens of great opportunities to check out all the new Mobile World Congress gear for ourselves, while our team back in the States brought you word of the latest product announcements as they broke, while also swinging by New York City to check out the US side of Samsung's Unpacked event. While the whole week is ...

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    Huawei brought a lot of new gear to show off at MWC 2014, including its unusual TalkBand B1 convertible smartwatch, but not everything we were hoping to get news of ended up making an appearance; for instance, the Ascend D3 was nowhere to be found. Today we get an update on when the D3 might finally arrive, and also hear a rumor about Huawei's first venture into smartphones with 2K quad HD displays. Supposedly, a 2K Huawei handset is in the works for a launch sometime in September. It would have a five-inch display (with much higher density than a six-inch 2K panel, like we've seen from ...

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    Anton D. Nagy chasing a taxi on foot. Jaime Rivera almost burning down a building with a power strip. A Honduran drinking palinca and a Romanian doing a Mexican accent. The tales from our leather-clad Barcelona duo are intense - but their intensity is matched by the hot mobile news that burst forth from this week's Mobile World Congress, the most epic in recent memory. To wit, that news includes an MWC 2014 Samsung Unpacked event that gave the world the latest Galaxy; a Sony unveiling of similar proportions that built on the Xperia legacy; a press conference that saw the world's first ...

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