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    One of the two all-new Androids Huawei launched at its IFA press event earlier today, the Ascend G7 sets out to be an affordable option for smartphone shoppers looking for a phone a little on the larger side of things. The 5.5-incher has to keep a few specs dialed-back in order to still hit the 300 EUR price point Huawei's going with, like the presence of just a 720p display, but does it still have what it takes to be an attractive phone you might what to buy for yourself? Let's take a look at the Ascend G7 so you can begin deciding for yourself. One of the big pluses we noticed straight ...

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    Already at IFA this morning we've seen Huawei introduce the Ascend Mate 7 and Ascend G7, and while those help fulfill some of the Huawei rumors we'd been hearing leading up to this week, there was one more big one: the company had been officially teasing the launch of an updated version of its existing Ascend P7 handset with a scratch-resistant sapphire glass display. Just as we were hoping, today in Berlin Huawei shared new details about its sapphire-enhanced Ascend P7. It's not just sapphire, though: remember how we were curious what would be happening with the P7's back panel? The ...

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    The six-inch Ascend Mate 7 phablet isn't Huawei's only new device ready to premiere in Berlin today, and while that one may very well be up in the flagship space, the manufacturer came prepared to introduce models hitting a variety of price points. We've just seen it go official with a new mid-ranger, the 5.5-inch Ascend G7. Like the Ascend Mate 7, one of the big selling points Huawei is pushing for the Ascend G7 is the phone's metallic construction, giving it a premium look and feel. Unsurprisingly, though, this being a mid-range device, the rest of the hardware takes a few hits. Like ...

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    Nearly a month ago we were checking out an early Huawei IFA 2014 teaser, featuring the shadowy image of a handset that -when the light hit it just right- seemed to form the shape of the numeral 7. Was this a sign? A seven-inch screen, perhaps? Rumors were quick to say "no," insisting that this was a six-inch model, and that the 7 referred to the phone's name. Well, today Huawei's IFA event is finally upon us, and we get an answer to that mystery as the company announces its Ascend Mate 7. Sure enough, we're looking at a six-inch phablet, one with a 1080p display. The phone's powered by one ...

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    Who's ready for a little Funkausstellung? We're about a week away from the start of IFA 2014, where mobile device manufacturers from all around the world will descend on Berlin to show off their newest products. The F in IFA –Funkausstellung– may translate as “radio show,” but the expo has evolved far beyond its early audio roots to feature the very latest in smartphones, tablets, and wearables. The Pocketnow team will be on the ground in Germany to share with you everything IFA 2014 has to deliver (or at least, everything worth seeing) but before we send our boys abroad, we wanted ...

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    Smartphones with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protecting their displays are no longer the stuff of bank-breaking luxury phones; with the launch of the Kyocera Brigadier, they're soundly within reach of the average smartphone buyer. Still, sapphire's arrived with more of a whimper than a bang, and it remains to be seen if efforts from big names like Apple will be what the material needs to really go mainstream. Another manufacturer has just stepped forward with news of a sapphire-screened handset of its own, as Huawei confirms rumors about its plans for a sapphire-covered version of ...

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    Tizen just can't seem to get off the ground when it comes to smartphones. Sure, Samsung's put the platform inside its consumer electronics, and the OS powers the majority of the company's smartwatches, but a Tizen smartphone continues to elude us. Sure, we saw the Samsung Z go official a couple months back, but the phone's been hit with delay after delay since then, and now it's anyone's guess when (or if) sales might actually begin. Keep in mind, though, while it may seem like Samsung's baby, Tizen is actually an effort from multiple companies; could any other players be working on Tizen ...

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    IFA 2014 is just a couple weeks away, and smartphone companies everywhere have already been getting us psyched-up for their respective showings by dropping a few hints here and there of what we can expect. Some have been relatively straightforward, like that ASUS smartwatch teaser from yesterday, while others can be a bit more inscrutable. Today, Huawei's got a clever one out, and it might just take a little brainstorming before we're fully able to get to the bottom of it. That first image seems clear enough, hinting at a device with some sort of fingerprint authentication, but what about ...

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    Even though Huawei is still many steps away from being popular in the United States, the company is huge in Asia, and it's also gaining a lot of traction in emerging markets like Latin America. We've seen some interesting innovations from this company in every tradeshow that we cover, and we know that IFA is the company's next frontier. It seems that Huawei has already begun to tease what we should expect to see at its IFA event, and there's nothing small about these rumors. Huawei's press event will happen on September 4th, and the press invitations show us a seven being drawn with the ...

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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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