Posts tagged with: Huawei
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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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    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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