Posts tagged with: Huawei
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    The Nexus nebula, as thick as it is, could use some more muddying. Huawei had done a bang-up job with the Nexus 6P according to critics across the board. There was a little doubt to its future-proofedness, though: it had a Snapdragon 810 and 3GB of RAM. These specs were old news by the end of September last year. Why not really step things up? Well, we don't know why not. And we don't know why a "google Nexus 6P" has popped up again in Geekbench with some weirdo changes. 4GB of RAM? A Snapdragon 820? Android N? The codename "Marlin"? What's happening here? We thought HTC was supposed ...

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    Artemis Fowl was a book I never read while in school, but you'll be reading a lot about a certain "Artemis" in a bit. It's the codename to ARM's new 10nm-based mobile processor that's to replace the Cortex-A72. The A72 is the two-core powerhouse that tops the ten-core packages that are MediaTek's Helio X20 and X25 chipsets. But as we're already talking about the Helio X30, we're looking at some benchmark scores that supposedly come in part from the "Artemis" in action. Pan Juitang, prolific Weibo microblogger and analyst at Huaquang Research out of China, has spilled some AnTuTu marks he ...

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    When we're looking at the biggest smartphone brands around, it's almost not even worth paying attention to the top two: Samsung dominates the market, and Apple's got itself a reasonably comfortable second-place spot. But move a little further down the list, and the fight starts getting interesting. Huawei's been a distant third for a while now, but could the company ever get to the point where Apple needs to be worried? And while Xiaomi and Lenovo filled out the top five last time we looked, will their fortunes hold? The latest global shipment figures are out, and they show some big ...

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    Some phones languish around in the rumor-space for what feels like forever, dropping hints of their existence here and there, but failing to generate a lot of buzz and proceed to launch on a timeline where we still care about them. Then there are those phones that waste no time at all in going from early rumors, to tons of evidence, to a formal launch. Huawei's upcoming Honor V8 feels a lot more like one of those latter handsets, and we've gone from a teaser just one week back, to news about possible pricing, to spotting the phone (with pics) in a regulatory database. Now we're fleshing ...

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    It’s about time everyone took Huawei seriously, from Western flagship phone buyers to Apple and Samsung. The Chinese company has its sights set on mobile industry domination in the long haul, with the Honor sub-brand an integral part of these ambitious but increasingly feasible plans. And the Honor roster isn’t going to be exclusively about ridiculously cheap mid-rangers like the 5X. A pair of ridiculously cheap high-enders are also in the pipeline, dubbed Honor V8 and… Honor V8 Plus (?), mirroring many of the P9 and P9 Plus specs while incredibly enough enhancing certain features. ...

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    How long after the debut of a major new Android release does it become acceptable that new handsets arrive with that latest software present? We're not clueless to the realities of the software development process, and all the testing and re-testing that goes into getting a new release ready for a particular smartphone. Development pipelines are easily months, if not years long, and when a new Android version pops up just weeks before a new phone comes out, we're not about to start making unrealistic demands. But as the weeks and months go on, how long are we prepared to wait before that ...

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    Despite what most recent reports appear to suggest, you may want to hold off on branding the iPhone SE a box-office lemon. After all, while 4-inchers used to be all the rage, you can’t just turn back the clock to 2013, and expect a repackaged iPhone 5s to sell hundreds of millions of units. Instead, the SE has to be judged first and foremost by its penetration of key markets that aren’t typically very warm to overpriced, jumbo-sized iPhones. Like India and China, the latter being said to have generated 3.5 million pre-orders last month. As usual, we’re guessing someone mixed ...

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    Honor and its parent company Huawei are keeping up the counter this season with the former bringing down the price on some hardcore mobile hardware. Take the Huawei GX8 and the Honor 5X — both pretty much the same phone, but the GX8 cost $150 more than the 5X. So, hot off the heels of the Huawei P9's launch with its dual-camera module, we're looking forward to the Honor V8 and its own identical 12-megapixel dual-camera system. We're not sure where the name gets off being of LG's ilk. But we do have some road narrowing to do before the May 10 launch date. The display will come up to 5.5 ...

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    The congestion of the worldwide smartphone market has been anticipated by analysts for a long time now, and you can almost notice it with the naked eye these days. Whether we’re talking Android devices or iPhones, upgrades happen at a slower pace than before, and driving new adoption is mission impossible, as billions of people already own intelligent handhelds. The best most major OEMs can thus hope for this year is share and sales stagnation, with perhaps a handful of rising Chinese stars looking at growth on both fronts. Overall, the market has begun to contract, and global shipments ...

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    In its quest for Apple-contending global smartphone sales numbers, Huawei seems to be taking a page from undisputed champion Samsung’s playbook, flooding the market with more intriguing low to mid to high-end models than we can count. A large part of the OEM’s forecasted 2016 growth hinges on the commercial success of the P9 and P9 Plus, as well as the super-affordable Honor 5X and likely even cheaper upcoming Honor 5C. In the second half of the year, Huawei is also expected to bet big (literally and figuratively) on the Mate 9, while its future involvement in the Nexus program remains ...

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    The Huawei P9 is out with this unique dual-camera module and it has some neat glass from Leica — Leica calls those lenses the "Summarit H 1:2.2/27 ASPH" — as a naming convention, Panasonic has an interchangeable lens authorized by Leica named the "DG Summilux 1:1.4/25 ASPH." As is Leica's wont to make quality lenses for quality rangefinders, though, it did not make the cameras on the P9. So, who made the cameras? Well, MyDrivers seems to believe that Chinese manufacturer Sunny Optical — claimed to be the world's largest mobile phone camera module supplier — has made the module. ...

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    Think Huawei is mad to aim for Apple’s second spot in global smartphone sales in the not-so-distant future, and subsequently, Samsung’s crown by 2021? Perhaps, but if the Chinese company keeps growing at the alarming pace of late, the sky will truly become the limit for its ambitions. Recently, the OEM broadcasted a seemingly random box-office achievement which however goes to prove its sales competence in more than one area. The mid-end, somewhat low-key P8 Lite accounted for 10 million unit shipments all by its lonesome in under a year in stores. You have to figure higher-profile ...

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    Summer's coming, and for a lot of us that means lots of opportunities to find ourselves separated from our hard-earned cash: vacations, concerts, dining out – hell, even air-conditioning bills. So if the looming season has you thinking that you should try and save some money while you can, we may have just the deals for you. After all, living on a budget shouldn't mean that you totally deprive yourself of some techy toys, and today we've got a couple of deals that can hook you up with that tech without breaking the bank. If you're looking for the lowest price in town on the Nexus 5X, ...

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    Unlike in spring of 2015, when it unveiled three versions of its P8 flagship phone, Huawei surprisingly only launched two P9 flavors last week. But a third one is practically confirmed and slated to start shipping on the old continent soon enough, with a fourth one also probably in the works. What, you didn’t really think the “tiny” 5.5-inch P9 Plus was the 6.8-inch P8 Max’s follow-up, did you? The world’s third largest handheld manufacturer has never been an advocate of the “less is more” saying, and going forward, Huawei continues to believe there’s a market for colossal ...

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    Cheap, entry-level virtual reality devices requiring smartphone pairing for immersion into an artificially built environment can’t target the profit margins and net earnings of their PC and console-compatible counterparts, but in terms of shipment numbers, they’re expected to comfortably rule this year. As such, it should come as no big surprise Huawei is joining the likes of Samsung and LG today, trying to find yet another successful marketing angle for its fast-rising handhelds. The aptly named Huawei VR strongly resembles the Samsung Gear VR in external appearance, but actually apes ...

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    Well, this is weird. Even weirder than last week’s full Huawei P9 Lite exposé, which was probably not authorized by the manufacturer, since the mid-ranger skipped the P9 and P9 Plus announcement event. Technically therefore, the single 13MP rear camera-sporting 5.2-incher is not official yet, which didn’t stop a Romanian retailer from… kicking off online sales. Of course, we highly doubt Cel is in possession of actual stock already, but we wouldn’t be shocked if at least the Eastern European e-merchant’s price proves legit. Dubbed Huawei “Venus” P9 Lite for some reason, and ...

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    Probably sensing the incredibly affordable, incredibly well-endowed Honor 5X is starting to lose its novelty factor already, under siege from competitive Xiaomi and Meizu mid-rangers, Huawei seems just about ready to unleash an even cheaper Honor-series “flagship.” Okay, flagship might be a bit of a stretch, but according to information kindly shared by Tenaa, the upcoming Honor 5C, model number NEM-TL00, should haul a 5.2-inch Full HD screen, octa-core Kirin 650 processor, and 2GB RAM. Furthermore, based on relatively high-res product images divulged by the same certification agency, ...

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    HTC is rumored to have the next few Nexus phones down for a lock. So, what's going on with the news that Huawei has filed for trademark protections of the term, "Huawei 7P"? Like, what? Sure, Huawei had a terrific time with the Nexus 6P — it stretched the company's high-end footprint by providing a high-end, stock Android mobile experience to lands that are North America. But what would a Huawei 7P bring to the table? We don't know. We'll have to wait and see and hope that something comes out of this — it doesn't always happen. Also, a Huawei 7P would sound not-at-all confusing ...

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    Huawei's Honor 5X emerged a few months back as a serious contender in the low-cost, solid-performance mid-range market. Sure, it wouldn't set any benchmark records, but the combination of an attractive price, really high-quality-feeling build, and some very capable battery life added up to a package that – for shoppers placing a real premium not just on price, but on value – was hard to resist. All this was true when the Honor 5X was selling for $200, but for a few more hours today you've got the chance to score the phone for might-as-well-be-free, as Huawei sells a limited number of ...

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    To paraphrase the end of one of the most uplifting, hilarious and least effective presidential speeches in Hollywood history, why can’t all superheroes just get along? That’s especially rich coming from the original Tim Burton Joker, and it’s truer than ever these days, as the Man of Steel and Caped Crusader battle each other instead of Lex Luthor, Zod or Doomsday, while Captain America and the Iron Man are themselves gearing up for an epic face-off. Ironically, in a world where the central characters of the same cinematic universe get split in two camps, Huawei pulls off a historic ...

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    Although Huawei’s newest flagship Android phone roster was well documented and often leaked ahead of its recent official announcement, the fast-rising Chinese OEM still caught us off guard by branding the larger P9 variant as Plus instead of Max, and especially by “forgetting” to unveil the P9 Lite. But the mid-ranger has likely not been canceled. In fact, the Russian media somehow managed to enter into possession of a fully working Huawei P9 Lite prototype already, snapping a few pics alongside hands-on shots of the “standard” P9. As expected, this doesn’t cut quite as many ...

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    Honor, firmly under Huawei's wing, has seen new land over the past several months as the 5X finally came to American shores. However, if you're on that chunk of land looking forward to some more Honor action anytime soon, forget it. At least, for now. It seems that another Honor phone will be coming China's way on April 13, at least according to this leaked poster. Other sources are floating April 28 as another event date and there's a belief that it won't just be China getting some new hardware. Speculation's been wafting that Honor has two phones on the way soon — the Honor 8 and the ...

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    The Huawei P9 has had a full day to stand out on its own. You might still be intrigued about those two Leica cameras and how they perform. But it's about time that the phone got compared with its kindred on a different scale of performance. In this case, we're talking about a bucket of benchmarks. As GSMArena has put down, we're picking up on some unimpressively good performance. Unimpressive in that we didn't see much change between the Kirin 955 featured on the Huawei P9 and the Kirin 950 that was on the Huawei Mate 8. The major clock speed change between the two octa-core chipsets ...

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    Update: Welcome to the weekend! The full podcast is streamable just below the YouTube video. We'll have the podcast on the iTunes and RSS feeds starting from 3pm on April 8. Enjoy! We finally have the full scoop on those dual Leica cameras found on the Huawei P9! We'll try to figure out if LG's build quality criticisms will sink the G5, and is the end near for the Blackberry brand? 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 comparing mid range phones, ...

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    Gone are the days you needed to wait for months on end to see premium new Android smartphones discounted by a pithy $50 or $100, as 2016 appears to be the year of launch-coinciding deals. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and its Gear VR freebie got the ball rolling, and LG had little choice but to offer the G5 bundled with gratis accessories off the bat too. And now Huawei takes a buyer-incentivizing page from the playbooks of its rivals, partnering with Vodafone to treat future UK-based P9 owners to a mind-blowing promotion. Not only does the Huawei P9 require no upfront payment from Vodafone ...

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