Huawei Ascend P6 Specs Release Date

New phone from an unlikely vendor steals title of world’s thinnest smartphone

By on June 18, 2013 at 2:55 PM.

New phone from an unlikely vendor steals title of world’s thinnest smartphone

Huawei on Tuesday announced the Ascend P6, the world’s thinnest smartphone. The handset measures a mere 6.18 millimeters thick and weighs 120 grams, eight grams more than Apple’s iPhone 5 despite the fact that the phone is much larger. The Ascend P6 is equipped with a 4.7-inch 720p display, an in-house 1.5GHz quad-core processor and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The smartphone also includes a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, a 2,000 mAh battery, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and Huawei’s Emotion user interface atop Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The Ascend P6 will be available in black, white and pink in China later this month and it will launch on Vodafone, O2 and Orange in Europe in July. Huawei’s press release follows below. More →

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Nokia Huawei Merger Report

Huawei might consider buying Nokia if it dumps Windows Phone

By on June 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM.

Huawei might consider buying Nokia if it dumps Windows Phone

Shares of Nokia surged on Tuesday, mostly because Chinese electronics giant Huawei expressed interest in buying the struggling Finnish smartphone manufacturer. Richard Yu, chairman of Huawei’s consumer business group, told The Financial Times that his company would be open to buying Nokia if it showed a “willingness” to merge. One aspect of Nokia’s current business plan that it will certainly have to rethink if it wants to merge with Huawei is its exclusive use of Windows Phone as its platform of choice. Yu said that Windows Phone was still a risky bet because its market share has not significantly grown in the eight months since the launch of Windows Phone 8. More →

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Huawei: U.S. spying allegations

Huawei CEO breaks silence, claims company isn’t a threat to U.S. security

By on May 9, 2013 at 9:30 PM.

Huawei CEO breaks silence, claims company isn’t a threat to U.S. security

Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei made a rare public appearance on Thursday to deny allegations that his company’s telecommunications equipment poses a threat to U.S. national security. According to Reuters, it was the first time in more than 25 years that the executive has spoken with the media. It has been alleged that Huawei is in cahoots with the Chinese government, which has left countries such as the U.S., Canada and Australia hesitant to use the company’s equipment. More →

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Huawei metal smartphone leak

Huawei is betting big with a new metal smartphone

By on May 8, 2013 at 8:20 PM.

Huawei is betting big with a new metal smartphone

A new leak suggests that Huawei is planning to release a super thin flagship smartphone with a metal frame. Images published by Engadget reveal that the handset, code-named P6-U06, features a metal chassis similar to the iPhone and an ultra-thin 6.18mm body. The device is said to be equipped with a 4.7-inch 720p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Huawei is expected to announce its latest flagship smartphone at a press event on June 18th in London. Additional images follow below. More →

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Huawei Security Concerns

Huawei doesn’t expect to gain any ground in the U.S. this year

By on April 3, 2013 at 10:49 PM.

Huawei doesn’t expect to gain any ground in the U.S. this year

A Huawei executive has admitted that the company doesn’t expect to see any individual growth in the U.S. market this year. The statement comes following the U.S. government’s increased pressure for wireless providers to drop the company’s telecom equipment. It has been alleged that Huawei and ZTE are in cahoots with the Chinese government and pose a potential threat to national security. More →

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Sprint Softbank Merger Huawei Equipment

Sprint, Softbank agree to ditch Huawei over spy concerns

By on March 29, 2013 at 9:33 AM.

Sprint, Softbank agree to ditch Huawei over spy concerns

Sprint (S) and Japanese carrier Softbank (SFTBY) have confirmed to U.S. lawmakers they won’t use equipment from Huawei following their upcoming merger, Bloomberg reported. Softbank announced plans last October to pay more than $20 billion to acquire a 70% stake in Sprint. The deal was approved by the board of directors at both companies and was awaiting the green light from the Federal Communications Commission. More →

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Preview
Huawei Ascend Mate

Huawei Ascend Mate preview: A giant phablet whose size dwarfs even the Galaxy Note II

By on February 25, 2013 at 5:35 PM.

Huawei Ascend Mate preview: A giant phablet whose size dwarfs even the Galaxy Note II

Taking a hands-on look at Huawei’s (002502) new Ascend Mate “phablet” really does require you to use both hands, because the thing is absolutely enormous. Boasting a 6.1-inch display, the Ascend Mate first made its debut at Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, but it still deserves special notice more than a month later because it’s a hulking beast of a phone that simply commands your attention from the moment you try to lay your hands on it. More →

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Smartphone Market Share Q4 2012

Huawei is now the world’s third largest smartphone vendor, but still far behind Samsung and Apple

By on January 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM.

Huawei is now the world’s third largest smartphone vendor, but still far behind Samsung and Apple

Research firm IDC released the latest numbers from its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker this week and found that a total of 482.5 million mobile phones were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase from 473.4 million in 2011. Smartphones accounted for nearly half, or 45.5%, of all mobile phone shipments, the highest percentage ever. Samsung (005930) and Apple (AAPL) remained the two top vendors with market shares of 29% and 21.8% respectively. The report did include some surprises, however. More →

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Huawei Ascend Mate Ascend D2 Specs

Huawei unveils two new quad-core Android phablets

By on January 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM.

Huawei unveils two new quad-core Android phablets

Huawei (002502) on Monday took the wraps off its colossal Ascend Mate and Ascend D2 smartphones at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Ascend Mate is the larger of the two and is equipped with a 6.1-inch 720p display, a 1.5GHz in-house quad-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a massive 4,050 mAh battery. The smaller Ascend D2 features a 5-inch 1080p display with a class leading pixel density of 443 pixels-per-inch. The smartphone is equipped with the same 1.5GHz quad-core processor as its larger sibling, and includes a 3,000 mAh battery and a 13-megapixel rear camera. More →

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Samsung Nokia Patent Infrigement

Samsung, Nokia and others hit with fresh patent infringement lawsuit

By on January 4, 2013 at 7:34 AM.

Samsung, Nokia and others hit with fresh patent infringement lawsuit

InterDigital (IDCC) on Thursday filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against Samsung (005930), Nokia (NOK), Huawei (002502), and ZTE (000063) for selling devices that allegedly infringe upon seven of its 3G and 4G wireless patents. The company has asked the ITC to block sales of the infringing products, which incorporate WCDMA, CDMA2000, LTE and Wi-Fi technologies. The ITC has 30 days to decide whether it will launch an investigation into the claims. InterDigital also filed a similar lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, seeking a permanent injunction and damages based on willful infringement. More →

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Huawei Ascend P1 Release Date

Huawei launches the Ascend P1 in the U.S. for $450 through Amazon

By on January 3, 2013 at 11:59 PM.

Huawei launches the Ascend P1 in the U.S. for $450 through Amazon

Despite its attempts to attract new customers with high-end phones, Huawei (002502) remains relatively unknown to U.S. consumers. The company is looking to change that and on Thursday announced the availability of the Ascend P1 smartphone. The Android-powered device is equipped with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The handset is also one of the thinnest smartphones on the market, measuring in at 7.6 millimeters. BGR reviewed the Ascend P1 earlier this year and found it to be a decent smartphone. Huawei is offering the device carrier-unlocked through Amazon (AMZN) for $449.99. Read more for Huawei’s press release. More →

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Huawei 6.1-inch Smartphone

Huawei shows off 6.1-inch Android phablet ahead of CES [video]

By on December 24, 2012 at 8:05 AM.

Huawei shows off 6.1-inch Android phablet ahead of CES [video]

It looks like things are going to get worse before they start to get better. Further blurring the line between a smartphone that is too big to be used comfortably and a tablet the is too small to be used efficiently, Huawei has plans to unveil a new smartphone-tablet hybrid device at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January. The Android “phablet” was recently shown off by a Huawei executive outside of a Huawei store in Guangzhou, China, and Engadget lists among the device’s key specs a 6.1-inch 1080p display with a pixel density of 316 ppi, a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, a 4,000 mAh battery and a case that measure just 9.9 millimeters thick. A video of the device follows below. More →

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Huawei Galaxy Note II Competitor

Huawei executive confirms plans for a 6.1-inch behemoth smartphone

By on December 6, 2012 at 9:12 PM.

Huawei executive confirms plans for a 6.1-inch behemoth smartphone

Huawei (002502) has confirmed that it is working on a Samsung (005930) Galaxy Note II competitor. A few months ago it was reported that the company was planning to release an oversized smartphone rumored to be called the Ascend Mate. The handset was said to come with a massive 6.1-inch full HD 1080p display and feature an in-house 1.8GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. Speaking on Chinese social network Weibo on Wednesday, Huawei Senior Vice President Yu Chengdong confirmed that the company is working on such a device. The executive added that it will be more powerful than the Galaxy Note II and include a “cooler” design, slimmer bezel, better grip, more stunning display and longer battery life. He went as far as to say that consumers who are interested in buying a larger-screen smartphone should wait for Huawei’s better, yet less expensive handset. It is speculated that we could see the Ascend Mate announced at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in January.

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