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    For all the months we spend looking forward to the CES, thinking about which devices we might see, and planning whose booth we're going to hit first, it sure can go by in a flash. Sure, it doesn't seem like it when you're in the thick of things, but looking back on it now, just a week later, it's already starting to seem like a distant memory. Part of that has to be due to just how close we are to MWC, and how quickly we have to transition back into that building-up role as we field the mountains of new rumors for what we'll see there, but before we put CES 2014 to bed, we're bringing you ...

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    One pervasive rumor that's been hanging over Windows Phone for the past couple months has claimed that Microsoft – in an effort to prevent the platform from being a one-man Nokia show – is interested in paying other OEMs to release new Windows Phone hardware. Despite the ability of those rumors to stick around, they've been sorely wanting for details. This week we gain some possible insight, with some new claims suggesting just what Microsoft's willing to pay to attract the interest of these other players. According to Eldar Murtazin (make of that what you will) Samsung is getting ...

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    Horrible sickness. Missed flights. Broken promises from major airlines. Desert air-induced hacking. A too-late arrival followed by a too-early departure. That's just a partial list of the challenges faced by the four-man three-man Pocketnow team at 2014's International CES in Vegas, easily one of the most difficult trade shows we've ever done. But while the road was rough, the payoff was (mostly) worth it: in exchange for our hardships, we were among the first to spend time with some of the world's newest and hottest mobile gadgetry, and we did the best we could to share it with you in a ...

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    CES 2014 was a blur. Michael, Tony, and I were on the ground, and it felt like it was over as soon as we really got started. We walked dozens of miles, filmed a handful of new and innovative products, and hung out with all our colleagues. Samsung unveiled four new tablets: Galaxy NotePRO 12.2, Galaxy TabPRO 12.2, Galaxy TabPRO 10.1, and Galaxy TabPRO 8.4. Sony pulled the curtain on two new phones: the Xperia Z1S and Z1 Compact. ZTE revealed an arsenal of new devices. And Huawei followed up the Ascend Mate from last year with the Ascend Mate2. There were definitely more products released ...

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    Manufacturers at the CES this year are all about convergence: bringing a lot of things together in one package. For some that's meant putting smartphone brains in their home appliances; others, like ZTE, have come up with some some decidedly odd hybrids, delivering a fusion between smartphone, hotspot, and pico projector. Huawei's not immune from this drive, and its new Ascend Mate2 4G does a little double-duty action of its own, offering a "reverse charge" feature to let it power other devices. After all, the battery in the 6.1-inch phablet is nearly twice as large as the sort you'll find ...

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    As you've no doubt picked up on by now, there's a whole lot about Huawei's new Ascend Mate2 4G that reminds us of last year's model. Don't get us wrong – there a number of noteworthy improvements – but with the same-sized display and and very similar external dimensions, these two are clearly fruit form the same tree. Last year, when we were first introduced to the original Ascend Mate, we felt compelled to see how the handset measured up against the phablet du jour, Samsung's Galaxy Note II. Well, with one more year under our belts there's a new king of phablet mountain to size-up ...

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    Huawei just finished up announcing the Ascend Mate2 4G phablet, and if you're only looking at the specs, the phone can sound like a bit of a mixed bag: choices like the less-than-bleeding-edge processor or only a 720p resolution for its 6.1-inch display might make the Ascend Mate2 4G sound less attractive than its competition. But dig a little deeper, and features like that huge battery, with its ability to charge other devices, start offering their own compelling reasons to consider the handset. Of course, all the specs in the world can't compare with a real hands-on encounter with the ...

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    Remember back a little over a month ago when some comments attributed to Huawei's CEO sure made it sound like the company might be planning to focus its efforts away form the US market? Every since we've been trying to figure out just how much truth there might be to that idea, and while we've been holding on to the assumption that Huawei wouldn't do anything quite so drastic, we've been waiting for news of another major US launch – some real evidence to counter the theory. Today at the CES in Las Vegas we got just that, as Huawei announced its new Ascend Mate2 4G, along with plans to ...

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    Is Huawei really abandoning the US market? That's a big, fat “maybe” for the moment, as we wait to see just how serious some comments made by company execs really are. But even if America doesn't see a new Huawei handset anytime soon, the manufacturer continues to have big international ambitions, and today we get to hear a little about how one of its next major models could arrive. This past summer, Huawei launched the Ascend P6 (above), with a 4.7-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, and 1.5GHz HiSilicon quad-core K3V2 SoC. One of the big selling points was its slim build, measuring a ...

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    Huawei has never felt like a huge player in the US smartphone market. It does quite well internationally – this year its market share has roughly been on par with those of ZTE and LG, as the big three Android OEMs after Samsung – but that's largely due to success in Asia and (to a growing extent) in Europe. We've been hopeful that Huawei might put some effort into raising its US presence, helping to deliver the sort of well-built, very affordable mid-rangers as been seeing with models like the Moto G. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that will happen anytime soon, as Huawei CEO and ...

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    We're either right in the middle of a really great, chock-full-of-potential time to be a smartphone manufacturer, or smack-dab in one of the most difficult periods to date, where market domination by a couple big players creates significant barriers to competition. Samsung and Apple reign supreme over the landscape, together accounting for about 43% of global smartphone sales. After that it starts dropping off fast, and even the three next biggest OEMs combined don't have sales that equal Apple's. On one hand, the smartphone market is expanding into new regions, especially in developing ...

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    The Oppo N1 is a CyanogenMod-centric smartphone but what could come next? What you want from a CyanogenMod phone might be different from what we expect to see, but, in any case, hardware diversity coupled with CM's exceptionally tuned bits is attractive, to say the least. According to a recent Google+ post, Cyanogen Inc. does indeed have a new hardware partner. "We're not quite ready to lift the veils", says the official page, so we're still left in the dark just a bit, though we should see official information in the "coming weeks". And, since the phrasing clearly indicates a "new" ...

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    Windows Phone once again finds itself in a transitional state, as Nokia prepares to see its smartphone business swallowed up by Microsoft. That threatens to really change the Windows Phone landscape, cementing Nokia's existing dominance and scaring off any lingering competition. Sure, Nokia's had some of the best WP8 models out there, but competition is still generally seen as a good thing; that's what we're pleased today to see at least one non-Nokia WP8 model looking to tackle some new markets, as Huawei's Ascend W2 sets its sights on Europe. The Ascend W2's story is a long one, and this ...

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    Last week, we heard a very interesting rumor, suggesting that Microsoft was courting HTC to produce smartphones that would allow users to boot into either Android or Windows Phone, and was motivated enough to make this happen that it would seriously reduce WP8 licensing fees, if not just give HTC access to the platform totally for free. That's fascinating enough on its own, but now we hear that Microsoft's ambitions could be even grander, and might involve additional OEMs. We're working from a translated Russian report from Eldar Murtazin, so some of the specifics may be lost to the ...

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    Microsoft's recent announcement that it would be acquiring Nokia's smartphone division left us simultaneously encouraged and concerned about the future of Windows Phone as a platform. Sure, this might lead to the development of some killer Lumia devices, but what effect would it have on the platform's diversity? Would companies that haven't lately seemed too keen about their WP8 lineups – manufacturers like Samsung – see the coming threat of direct competition against Microsoft and just wipe their hands of the whole Windows Phone business, bowing out before their market shares dropped ...

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    We're well aware that HTC and Nokia have been working on a number of new smartphones – Nokia's likely to make the EOS/Lumia 1020 official in just a week, and we've seen evidence to support rumors of future HTC devices like the One Mini. Now, we've got a new leak to examine that brings a bunch of these phones together in once place, as well as reveals a few previously unknown models. This supposedly comes from O2 in Germany, and you should immediately notice a few familiar names on it. In addition to the HTC One, we see confirmation for the One Mini, as well as the rumored One Max. The ...

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    Earlier this month, we talked at some length about the idea that this whole Google Play edition stuff that HTC and Samsung are into might be an even better idea for a company without the same high profile, like a ZTE or a Huawei. Of course, when Huawei went ahead and launched its flagship Ascend P6 a couple weeks later, its chairman specifically discounted the possibility that we might see the arrival of a GPe Ascend P6. Now, though, we're not quite sure what to think, upon getting word from the president of Huawei's handset division that talks with Google about the possibility of a GPe P6 ...

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    Teal and blue Huawei Ascend W2 color options have already been leaked but the specs were subject to speculation. No more, as the device has popped up at the ongoing Mobile Asia Expo 2013. We're finally seeing confirmation of the Huawei Ascend W2 specs, even though they're not high-end. One might even consider this phone as an entry-level Windows Phone with a 4.3-inch WVGA screen, dual-core 1.4GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage, specs worthy of Windows Phone Tango back in the day. The dimensions of the device are 134 x 66.7 x 9.9 mm. Now these specs are nothing like ...

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    A little earlier this month, we heard Huawei announce its Ascend P6, a quad-core Android with 4.7-inch HD screen that measures only 6.18 millimeters thick. We remarked at the time that records like that have a way of being short-lived, so it's hardly surprising that this week we're already learning of another Android that just blazes right past the P6's record, coming in just 5.6 millimeters thick. Besides just being thin, the Umeox X5 has a 5.3-inch 720p screen, eight-megapixel main camera with three-megapixel front-facer, and is powered by a dual-core SoC. Based on that last bit, we're ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the announcement of an AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 for the next coming days. Then we go through the other official announcement of the Sony Xperia Z for T-Mobile in the US. The HTC One is next as analysts already see the phone as the third best selling smartphone in the United States. We later talk about a new company called Kazam, which was launched by some ex-employees from HTC. We end today's show talking about Huawei and their confirmation that they plan to acquire Nokia. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Samsung Galaxy ...

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    Rumors about a company looking to buy-up Nokia are nothing new. While nothing ever seems to come of them, those suggestions keep popping up again and again over the years, and it sure seems like more often than not, we're talking about Microsoft considering making the purchase. The subject is back on our mind today, but in a slightly different context, with Huawei voicing its interest in maybe snatching-up Nokia. Huawei execs are gathered in London for the P6 announcement, and Richard Yu, chairman of the company's consumer business group, took the opportunity to put forth the idea that ...

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    Huawei's Ascend P6, the company's new super-thin Android flagship, has been leaking like a rusty bucket for several weeks now, and we've seen hardware renders, UI screenshots, and checked out some relatively decent rumored specs. Still, we had a few lingering questions, so it's great to see Huawei finally make things official today, announcing the Ascend P6 at a London event. So, what have we got? Pretty much exactly what we were expecting: a 4.7-inch 720p screen, 2GB of RAM, and a 1.5GHz quad-core K3V2 SoC. Those specs would be a lot more impressive on a phone coming out in 2012, but ...

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    Before we begin, we'd just like to say something to everyone who's going to call us out for click-baiting with that "Galaxy S 5" title: your allegations are completely founded and true. But look here: even though Galaxy S 5 rumors are (to say the least) premature and indicative of a serious problem with our nasty-fast industry -an issue we discuss on the air- they're also important. That's because, as unreliable and, frankly, stupid as they are, they also give us an opportunity to discuss the future of Samsung industrial design. And any opportunity we get to talk about the Galaxy family in ...

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    Waterproofing is definitely one of the hotter smartphone features around in 2013, and we're seeing it come to an increasing number of models. Today we may get a new handset to add to the ranks of the GS4 Active and the Xperia Z, as the new teaser image Huawei posted to one of its Facebook accounts sure seems to imply that the company has a waterproof Windows Phone handset nearly ready to launch. While Huawei doesn't name the phone, we're almost certainly talking about the Ascend W2, which we've seen in a number of leaks over the past several weeks. Specs for the handset have already ...

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    There have been a couple of occasions over the past few weeks where we've had the opportunity to check out leaked renders of the Huawei Ascend P6. Though the manufacturer may not have the clout of a Samsung or even an HTC, the P6 nonetheless looked like a pretty attractive handset, and wowed us with its exceptional thinness. While we had heard a few rumors about the handset's capabilities before, hard numbers had been lacking. Today we flesh out our understanding of the P6 a bit upon the apparent leak of a number of its hardware specs. Early chatter mentioned the possibility of a 1080p ...

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