Posts tagged with: Huawei
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    You are so naïve thinking Huawei could be focusing all its R&D and pre-production efforts on the looming 1,080p Mate 8 at the moment. The world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer must be thinking of its near and slightly more distant future, with P9 and P9 Max plans well underway for presumably a while now. Already, the monumental sequel to the P8 Max (or P8max) unveiled back in April 2015 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow in testing, which is a great sign as far as its system stability is concerned. A not so great sign? The 73,000 total score posted in AnTuTu by a “P950S” ...

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    They say Huawei’s global smartphone sales numbers surged of late chiefly on the back of flagships like the Mate 7, P7 or P8, but the Honor family probably played its part in the impressive, trend-defying growth as well. After all, the Honor 7 recently rolled out in a range of European markets at a palatable sub-$350 price with decidedly high-end specifications in tow including an octa-core Kirin 935 chip, 3GB RAM, and 20MP dual-LED flash camera. Then you have the slightly lower-end, lower-cost Honor 7i with a rotating snapper, plus the ultra-cheap yet respectable Honor 4A. Sadly, the ...

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    People just aren't happy unless there's some kind of controversy running amok. Any sufficiently worthy conspiracy theory, especially those that could be shrouded in an actual or alleged scandal (and especially one that involves a cover-up) is worthy of the -gate suffix. So, here we are, on the verge of another -gate - and not just any -gate, it's #bendgate, part two (or is it part three?). This time around, Google's latest phablet flagship is at the center. Is it true? Is there really a Nexus 6P bending issue? There just may be, but let's look at some history to put it all in perspective. ...

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    The first Nexus phone ever to be manufactured by Huawei has a lot going for it, from smooth vanilla software to a beautiful 5.7-inch 2K AMOLED screen, blazing fast Snapdragon 810 SoC, great cameras, fingerprint recognition tech that reportedly improves over time, front-firing stereo speakers, and USB Type-C connectivity. Many Android purists also lauded the Google Nexus 6P for adopting a full-metal jacket, but as it turns out, the anodized aluminum unibody build could be a curse in disguise, with a degree of frailty bringing back iPhone 6 Plus “Bendgate” memories. Even worse, it looks ...

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    The ability to quickly charge your smartphone can be a godsend: batteries never seem to be as large as we like, and who wants to sit around for an hour or more in order to top things off when your day's not done yet, but your phone's already complaining about needing power? With today's fast-charging tech, you can plug your handset in for a quick 15 minutes and dramatically extend battery life. At least, that's how it's supposed to work, but the existence of a variety of conflicting quick-charge standards can add up to making the situation much more confusing than it needs to be. Last ...

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    Huawei has certainly made great strides lately in smartphone manufacturing and especially Western visibility after a lengthy period of regional dominance, but if the Chinese OEM truly wants to challenge industry leader Samsung, it needs to at least devise a backup plan for when key component suppliers like Qualcomm mess up. Ideally, Huawei would cut its reliance on the Snapdragon architects entirely, though the homebrewed Kirin chipset line isn’t there yet. But the newest family member, the oft-rumored Kirin 950, seems a very meaningful heavyweight contender on paper, matching or ...

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    Painting a picture of all the arcs of mobile phone manufacturers can be pretty difficult. Apple's on the rise here, down over there. Samsung is winning and losing. Everyone's on tectonic plates. Fortunately, there's a new global view we now have access to. Sales data analysts at Kantar WorldPanel ComTech have crunched the numbers from several geographical markets and have come to some interesting observations about Huawei and Apple devices for calendar Q3. iOS has the highest market share in Great Britain it ever had for a third quarter. Also in Great Britain, Samsung and LG were the ...

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    "Everyone needs an expensive hobby, right?" "Zack" of JerryRigEverything has that right. His relatively small YouTube channel has rocketed up in subscriber count since his original torture test of the Huawei-made Nexus 6P. Some have speculated that with the bend test in that video coming after a compromising flame test against the Gorilla Glass 4 panel on the device, it was, of course, an easy bend. It seems that Zack wanted to address the talkers by sinking his hands into another Nexus 6P unit. Videos like his, he argues, are important for consumers as smartphones probably encounter the ...

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    Huawei knows full well it has another winner on its hands in the Google-endorsed Nexus 6P, but the company’s rookie smartwatch effort probably needs a little boost to make the quality-pricing ratio feel fair. Granted, the Huawei Watch is a beaut, possibly more stylish than the Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S2, and LG Watch Urbane 2nd edition in the eyes of many, yet it’s hard to get very excited about it at $350 and up. Would a $50 discount help with the wow factor? That’s only a fraction of the MSRP, namely 14 percent even as far as the base model is concerned, but who doesn’t like ...

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    Huawei likes its Mates big. From the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE to the Ascend Mate 7, the Chinese manufacturer seems to be in love with half-foot screens for its powerhouse devices. The Mate S took things down a step to 5.5 inches as it was launched ahead of the iPhone 6s Plus. But things look to be back in the swing of six as a GFXBench index card pops up for the heavily-anticipated Huawei Mate 8. Lots of stand-out specs here, including a theoretical 64GB storage option, 4GB of RAM, and the odd camera sensor resolutions. The company also seems comfortable to keep the six-inch 1080p display ...

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    Huawei's chic phone lineup for select regions, Honor, has passed beyond its first anniversary in existence. The series currently has the Honor 7 (or the Honor 7i ... and soon, the Honor 7 Plus) as bandleader. They're "For the Brave," Huawei claims, and it seems that the company isn't afraid to execute brave software moves itself. Now, in addition to Chinese Honor devices, we now see Indian Honor devices getting ETAs to Marshmallow. Coming soon! Starting February 2016, we will be rolling out Android M to honor phones. pic.twitter.com/BN3gwPqs6g — Honor India (@HiHonorIndia) November 1, ...

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    We already know (as in know, not presume) Huawei isn’t yet done with flagship Android phone launches for 2015, despite more than satisfying sales numbers posted by the likes of the Ascend Mate 7, P7, and P8. The non-Ascend Mate S will go up against the iPhone 6s, an even larger Mate 8 is in the works as a direct 6s Plus challenger, while the Nexus 6P probably has an altogether different target audience. After all, Android purists rarely consider Apple’s iGear an option, and vice versa. But enough about the Google-endorsed phablet. Let’s dig deeper into what the Huawei Mate 8 has in ...

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    In 1968, novelist Philip K. Dick asked Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In his book (which was the inspiration for Blade Runner), after war had devastated Earth, a bounty hunter was tasked with "retiring" six escaped Nexus-6 model androids - the latest and most advanced model ever. That got us wondering: what's the best Nexus smartphone of all time? For years, Google had denied any intention to make a "Google Phone", reiterating its support of the Android OS and the Open Handset Alliance -  a consortium of companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices. The ...

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    It feels logical to take former mobile underdog Huawei more seriously than ever now that the Chinese outfit has consolidated its spot on the global device manufacturer podium, especially with mid and high-enders on the rise everywhere. And mind you, the popularity of the Mate S and Nexus 6P hasn’t properly been measured yet. A couple of years ago, we wouldn’t have bothered with another flagship Huawei phone rumored to go official a little too soon after the already innovative Mate S. But it sounds like there will be enough distinguishing elements between the 5.5-incher and the ...

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    In case it wasn’t already crystal clear Google let LG and Huawei do their own thing with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P designs, likely welcoming as many distinguishing elements as possible, the two’s teardown reviews couldn’t be more different. While the lower-end polycarbonate-housed 5.2-incher is relatively easy to disassemble, put back together and therefore have its internal components replaced in need, the anodized aluminum unibody-rocking 5.7-incher is best left to professionals. As HTC Ones taught us, this type of super-premium metallic construction doesn’t usually leave room ...

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    We've recently heard not one, but two bits testifying to the fact that Apple, the leading tablet vendor on the market, isn't doing as well as some would have predicted, when it comes to the tablet market. Initially, we heard unconfirmed rumours that orders placed for the upcoming iPad Pro are cautious, then we heard reports that poor iPad sales are affecting the supply chain manufacturers. Apparently, the issue is a larger one, affecting all players on the market. According to the most recent IDC numbers, the entire tablet market is down. For the third quarter of the year, tablet shipments ...

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    After big numbers from Apple, Microsoft and Google, of course we should move to Samsung to cover its digits. After all, talking about the declining shipments, the iPhone's comet chasing and a chaebol in a commandeering crisis. (Drop below for the deets on Samsung shipments, but first, some bits of its Q3 earnings.) Earnings Nevertheless, good news for the most part as Samsung revenues went up 9 percent year-over-year to the US currency equivalent of $45B. Operating profit, while down in sequential quarters, remains a vast improvement from last year: Nearly $6.5B this year versus $4.2B in ...

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    Deemed a return to the Nexus program’s roots (in a very good way), and praised for an extremely well-balanced set of specs in our recent review, Huawei’s rookie stock Android effort started going out to early (and lucky) American adopters last week. Unfortunately, Google can’t keep up with strong Nexus 6P demand nationwide just yet, and so, a few particularly popular configurations originally slated for October 27 – 28 shipments are now only due in early to mid-November. We’re not in a position to confirm which memory sizes and colors will be delayed, but multiple online reports ...

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    Consumer trends are continuously shifting in the hyper-crowded and ultra-competitive mobile tech market, where flagship devices have all of a sudden become the main driving force behind the financial success of most influential OEMs. It’s tougher and tougher to challenge the likes of the just-unveiled LeTV Le 1s in the low-cost segment, even for China-based budget specialists such as Huawei, so the mid to high-end slice of the pie is now by far the juiciest. The Mate 7, P7 and P8 reportedly helped the Nexus 6P makers post a robust global 27.4 million unit shipment score in the year’s ...

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    With 3D Touch on the Apple iPhone 6s (and 6s Plus), users are able to interact with the phone by touching the screen (pushing) with force (hence the name Force Touch on the Apple Watch). It was just a matter of time until someone reverse engineered (hacked, took advantage, you name it) of the feature, and, now, it looks like you can weigh different object using the screen of the Apple smartphone. This is nothing new to Huawei Mate S owners, as the Android smartphone features "force-touch"-like capabilities (preceding Apple by a couple of weeks), and already has a scale app pre-installed, ...

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    The "Nexus phone" has meant many things to many people since the Nexus One rolled off the assembly line nearly six years ago. It's been a platform for Android developers; a poke in the eye at the traditional carrier sales model; an ill-fated attempt to play nice with those same carriers; a super-affordable smartphone and a not-so-affordable one. And through it all, the Nexus has been saddled with the responsibility of serving as the Android baseline, the showcase for Google's idealized vision of its mobile platform. That's a lot of weight for any one smartphone to carry, so ...

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    This has been a good year for Samsung, and mainly if you compare it to how the company was performing over the two last previous years. Surely Galaxy phones are not what we loved them to be, specially if we remember Samsung's approach to phablets in the past, but this formula has seemed to work well for the company regardless. Today we get more details on how the marketshare is behaving, and Sammy seems to be ok. Asian analysts are already providing insight on global marketshare and we notice that even though Samsung's sales are on decline, the margin is not only low, but also far from ...

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    The first ever 128GB Nexus phone hasn’t been easy to score from Google in, well, its 128 gig variation, but Huawei now lends a helping hand to digital hoarders enamored with vanilla Android. The heavily advertised Nexus 6P can be pre-ordered via its manufacturer’s US e-store in a top-shelf configuration priced at $649 outright. That’s the same exact fee charged by Google, the only difference being Huawei doesn’t do anything to sweeten the deal, so if you want a complimentary $50 Play Store coupon, there’s still just one way to get it. On the other hand, the promotion is squarely ...

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    There's a battle going on in Android-land right now, one that threatens to ostracize users power users in the name of security. It seems that with every major of revision of Android, Google makes its mobile platform less appealing to the mod community, and especially with the emphasis on Verified Boot in Android Marshmallow, it can feel like there's no longer a place in Android for users who want their phones to run “unapproved” software. And while it's no surprise that mainstream devices may arrive with their firmware thoroughly locked down, Google's Nexus line has long been a bastion ...

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    The once budget-minded Huawei has been on a roll lately with some impressive flagship offerings all through the year. From the Huawei Mate 7 that we reviewed in January, to the recently announced Huawei Mate S that we previewed at IFA, and even the higher-end Nexus 6P that we're currently reviewing, the company is clearly out to make a name for itself. If you thought that was it for this year, maybe you're right, but the Huawei Mate 8 could prove otherwise. We've been following the rumors on this new flagship since July, and today we have sources claiming that we shouldn't confuse it with ...

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