Huawei Ascend D Quad delayed until August

By on June 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM.

Huawei Ascend D Quad delayed until August

Huawei Ascend D Quad Release Date Delayed

Production of Huawei’s flagship Ascend D Quad smartphone has been delayed due to issues surrounding the handset’s processor. According to the company’s Consumer Business Group boss Yu Chengdong, Huawei’s in-house quad-core chipset “has encountered some technical problems which caused the delays in production.” The Chinese manufacturer is “working hard to overcome them,” however, and it expects mass production of the smartphone to begin some time in August. The Ascend D Quad, which was announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, is equipped with a 4.5-inch 720p display and Huawei’s own K3V2 quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The device also features an 8-megapixel rear-camera that is capable of shooting 1080p video, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. More →

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Huawei looks to build Windows Phone 8 handset, Windows 8 tablet

By on June 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM.

Huawei looks to build Windows Phone 8 handset, Windows 8 tablet

Huawei Windows Phone 8

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 has both consumers and vendors excited. The software giant’s upcoming operating system that will blend mobile and desktop computing together also looks to bring new partners into the Redmond-based company’s ecosystem. Huawei on Thursday announced that it has partnered with Microsoft to offer a Window Phone 8 handset later this year. “2012 is building up to be a great year for Huawei. Now, we are poised to end the year with a big bang – with the introduction of our first smartphone running on the Windows Phone platform,” said Shao Yang, Huawei’s chief marketing officer. “We’re very excited about this relationship with Microsoft which will enable us to provide our customers with a bigger array of Huawei smartphone choices.” The Chinese company is looking to increase its presence in the mobile landscape, and will spend $200 million on advertising this year to boost brand awareness. According to a report from Reuters, Huawei may also manufacturer a Windows 8 tablet computer. Read more for Huawei’s press release. More →

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MetroPCS scores Huawei’s first U.S. smartphone

By on June 8, 2012 at 9:00 PM.

MetroPCS scores Huawei’s first U.S. smartphone

Huawei Activa 4G Release Date 2012

Most Americans think of Huawei mainly as a network equipment manufacturer but the company does make smartphones as well. The Huawei Activa 4G will be the first Huawei handset available in the United States and is now on sale for $149.99 from MetroPCS. From a specs perspective, the Activa 4G isn’t anything to get all that excited about as it features an 800MHz processor, Android 2.3 (“Gingerbread”), LTE connectivity and a 5-megapixel camera. The good news, though, is that users can buy it for $150 without signing a service agreement since MetroPCS is a prepaid wireless carrier. And while it may not be anywhere near as cool as a prepaid iPhone, it won’t set you back $549 like the iPhone 4 from Virgin Mobile will. Click the jump for the full release. More →

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Huawei looks to ship 60 million smartphones this year

By on April 25, 2012 at 11:55 PM.

Huawei looks to ship 60 million smartphones this year

Huawei, the world’s sixth largest mobile phone vendor, said on Wednesday that it expects to ship more than 100 million mobile phones in 2012, including 60 million smartphones, Reuters reported. The Chinese company sold a total of 55 million handsets, including 20 million smartphones, in 2011 and is now looking to increase its global market share with a focus on key markets. “We plan to target China, the United States, western Europe and Japan as key markets,” said Shao Yang, chief marketing officer of Huawei Device. The executive also said he expects consumer device sales to reach $30 billion in five years, up from $7 billion, becoming as large as its telecommunications equipment business. “This means that by that time, the revenue will be comparable to our telecom equipment business,” Shao said. “We feel the room for growth for devices is much bigger than the telecom carrier sector.” More →

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HTC usage share drops 60% in five months, study finds

By on April 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM.

HTC usage share drops 60% in five months, study finds

Not long ago, HTC posted six consecutive months of record revenue thanks to strong demand for its Android-powered smartphones. The company’s record run came to a screeching halt in October last year with the release of Apple’s iPhone 4S. HTC’s fourth quarter earnings fell, missing Wall Street’s expectations, and the rough patch continued in the first quarter of 2012. To compound matters, the latest study conducted by ad network Chitika shows that the troubled handset maker’s usage share has declined by more than 60% in the past five months from 18.22% to 7.28% based on traffic across its network. At the same time, Apple’s share has increased by 64% from 46.84% to 76.88% and other Android vendors such as Samsung and Huawei have recorded continued modest growth. HTC is betting big on its flagship One X smartphone, and it hopes the handset, along with the rest of its One-series phones, will help the company rebound. More →

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Huawei announces global availability of the Ascend P1 smartphone

By on April 18, 2012 at 10:45 PM.

Huawei announces global availability of the Ascend P1 smartphone

Huawei on Wednesday announced global availability of its flagship Ascend P1 smartphone. The Android 4.0-powered handset will be available in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Australia by May, in Latin America by June and in Europe for the summer, with availability in other markets to follow. “The global availability of the Ascend P1, which combines smart features and a sexy design, represents a significant milestone for Huawei Device,” said Richard Yu, Chairman of Huawei. “We are sending strong signals of our intention to transform into a consumer-facing brand and extend our market leadership globally by strengthening our range of flagship products. We are also expanding our sales and distribution channels to move beyond a focus on operators.” The Ascend P1 is equipped with a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, a dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Read on for Huawei’s press release. More →

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Smartphone sales estimated to surpass 1 billion by 2014

By on April 13, 2012 at 7:45 AM.

Smartphone sales estimated to surpass 1 billion by 2014

Credit Suisse estimates that annual global smartphones sales will surpass 1 billion units in 2014, Reuters reported on Thursday. Global sales are predicted to grow nearly 46% to 687.9 million units this year, and then to reach 1.05 billion units in 2014. The growth is said to be fueled by strong demand in China and the launch of cheaper low-end handsets. “We see robust growth for the smartphone market in China, which we think will account for 22 percent of global units by 2015,” Credit Suisse analysts including Kulbinder Garcha wrote in a note. The firm expects Apple to make large gains in an environment where the “success in smartphones will be impacted by success in PCs and tablets.” The Cupertino-based company is estimated to capture 23% of the market this year, and Samsung, Nokia and Huawei are each expected to gain share as well. More →

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Samsung’s smartphone market share more than triple Apple’s share in China

By on March 13, 2012 at 7:30 AM.

Samsung’s smartphone market share more than triple Apple’s share in China

Samsung’s market share in the Chinese market is three times larger than Apple’s and still growing, Bloomberg reported on Sunday. The Cupertino-based company recently began to sell its flagship smartphone on the nation’s third largest carrier, China Telecom, in addition China Unicom, which up until recently was the exclusive carrier of the iPhone in China. The new partnership, however, may be too little, too late. “I don’t expect Apple to replace Samsung any time soon,” Gartner analyst Sandy Shen said. “China Telecom is the nation’s smallest carrier, so the extent to which they can help Apple is quite limited.” Read on for more. More →

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Handset makers pessimistic about Windows Phone Tango’s chances in China

By on February 29, 2012 at 7:30 AM.

Handset makers pessimistic about Windows Phone Tango’s chances in China

Microsoft plans to roll out its Windows Phone “Tango” update for its mobile platform in China some time this year. While the new version of Microsoft’s OS will allow Windows Phones to hit lower price points, Chinese manufacturers are pessimistic about the plan and believe the operating system may not achieve enough success, according to DigiTimes. Android-based smartphones are believed to continue to dominate the Chinese market due to the aggressive marketing of low-end devices from local vendors such as ZTE, Huawei, Coolpad and Xiaomi Technology, and the ease of developing applications through the open-source operating system. Despite unfavorable market conditions, Nokia will lead the charge into China with devices set to launch in the first half of 2012. The publication’s sources also believe Huawei will release several Windows Phones din the second quarter, with Microsoft also looking to partner with Lenovo and ZTE to launch devices in the Chinese market. More →

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Hands on with Huawei’s Ascend D smartphones

By on February 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM.

Hands on with Huawei’s Ascend D smartphones

Huawei is making quite a splash at this year’s Mobile World Congress. The company announced one quad-core handset — the Ascend D quad, which is built on the company’s proprietary in-house processor platform — in addition to a dual-core TI OMAP-based device, the Ascend D1. We got a chance to play with both models and, especially in the case of the D quad, we left quite impressed. These things move fast. Really fast. What’s more, these handsets mark Huawei’s entry into the chip making game, and place the company in direct competition with other smartphone vendors that moonlight as chip makers, like Samsung and Apple. It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the coming year. That said, the handsets themselves will be the stars of Huawei’s lineup for at least the first half of 2012. The D quad sports 8GB of on-board storage, 1 GB of RAM, Android 4.0, Huawei’s 1.2Ghz quad-core chip, a 4.5-inch display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Ascend D1 is externally identical to the D quad, but it will hit a much lower price point thanks largely to its 1.2Ghz dual-core chip, which replaces the D quad’s quad-core processor. Check out our hands-on shots in the gallery below.

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Huawei unveils Ascend D quad, Ascend D quad XL and Ascend D1 Android phones

By on February 27, 2012 at 6:25 AM.

Huawei unveils Ascend D quad, Ascend D quad XL and Ascend D1 Android phones

Huawei on Sunday announced the new Ascend D quad smartphone at Mobile World Congress. The company bills the handset as “the world’s fastest quad-core smartphone,” with its 4.5-inch 720p HD display and Huawei’s own K3V2 quad-core 1.5GHz processor. The smartphone features an 8-megapixel rear-camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Huawei also introduced the Ascend D quad XL and the Ascend D1 smartphones. The Ascend D quad XL boasts a massive 2,500 mAh battery, but otherwise it’s the sames exact smartphone as the Ascend D quad. The Ascend D1 runs a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU and has a 1,670 mAh battery. The Ascend D quad series will be available in China, Australia, Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and South America, and the Middle East in the second quarter of 2012, with the Ascend D1 to be made available in April. Pricing and more specific information surrounding launches aren’t yet available. Read on for Huawei’s press release. More →

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HTC Ville and Huawei Prism headed to T-Mobile according to leak

By on February 22, 2012 at 1:20 PM.

HTC Ville and Huawei Prism headed to T-Mobile according to leak

According to a leaked accessory sheet, the HTC Ville and Huawei Prism are headed to T-Mobile in the U.S. The sheet, a screenshot of which was obtained by TmoNews, provides little information outside of device names and “warehouse arrival” dates for various accessories. Accessories, which sometimes arrive weeks before a handset launches, are set to arrive for both devices in early April. BGR exclusively reported this past November that HTC will unveil the Ville at next week’s Mobile World Congress trade show. The device is rumored to be thinner than Apple’s iPhone 4S and will feature Android 4.0, Sense 4.0, a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon Series 4 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, HSPA+ and a 1,650 mAh battery. More →

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Gartner: Apple leads smartphone sales to new heights

By on February 15, 2012 at 5:50 PM.

Gartner: Apple leads smartphone sales to new heights

Global smartphone sales increased 47.3% to 149 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to market research firm Gartner. Total smartphone sales for the full year increased 58% to 472 million units and accounted for 31% of all mobile devices sold. The record sales were led by Apple’s iPhone, which sold 37 million units and helped the company capture a 23.8% market share in the fourth quarter. Apple was also the top smartphone vendor in 2011, with a 19% market share. “Western Europe and North America led most of the smartphone growth for Apple during the fourth quarter of 2011,” said Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner. “In Western Europe the spike in iPhone sales in the fourth quarter saved the overall smartphone market after two consecutive quarters of slow sales.” Samsung continued its success with LG, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and Research In Motion recording disappointing results. Both ZTE and Huawei dominated the low-end to mid-range market and became — along with Apple — the fastest-growing vendors in the fourth quarter of 2011. “These vendors expanded their market reach and kept on improving the user experience of their Android devices,” said Cozza. Read on for Gartner’s press release. More →

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