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.
Following a special report on 60 Minutes, Huawei went from being a relatively unknown Chinese company to public enemy number one. It was alleged that the telecom equipment giant was in cahoots with the Chinese government and posed as a potential security risk to the United States. Shortly after the report was made public, however, a White House-ordered review found no evidence that the company was spying. Huawei has a large task at hand, along with attempting to fight Samsung (005930), Apple (AAPL) and others for smartphone market share: The company must now recover from a sea of bad press. After a short delay in production, Huawei is finally ready to unleash “the world’s fastest quad-core smartphone” to the world. Read on to see if the Ascend D Quad XL lives up to its name. More →
The seven Americans who own a Huawei smartphone may be able to breathe a sigh of relief, because the Chinese electronics giant might not be guilty of spying after all. Unnamed sources have told Reuters that a “White House-ordered review of security risks posed by suppliers to U.S. telecommunications companies found no clear evidence that Huawei Technologies Ltd had spied for China.” In particular, Reuters says that the White House review found no evidence that security flaws in Huawei equipment were placed intentionally to perpetrate industrial espionage. The Hill reports that the Obama administration is denying the story and saying that it “has not conducted any classified inquiry that resulted in clearing any telecom equipment supplier.”
Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone 8 is finally getting a little love from the small-time smartphone vendors, as Japanese website Blog of Mobile published images of what it claims is Huawei’s (002502) Ascend W1 Windows Phone 8 smartphone. Judging by the slightly blurry images, the device has a bright polycarbonate body like Nokia’s (NOK) Lumia smartphones and HTC’s (2498) upcoming Windows Phone 8X and 8S. Rumored specs for the Huawei Ascend W1 include a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch WVGA display (800 x 480 resolution), a 5-megapixel rear camera, a VGA resolution front camera, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 2,000mAh battery. The specs won’t blow anyone away in today’s world of 4.3-inch+ displays, 1GB of RAM and quad-core processors, but it should at least give a competitive entry-level Windows Phone 8 device for those who want one. More →
Tensions between Huawei, China and various Western governments are heating up. Earlier this week, the United States government revealed that the rapid expansion of the Chinese telecom equipment maker could pose as a potential threat to national security and urged American companies to stop doing business with Huawei. It is widely believed that the company has close ties to the Chinese government, although Huawei has denied these claims. Canada is planning to build a government network for phones calls, emails and data services,like the U.S., the country may also exclude the Chinese telecom equipment giant. A spokesperson for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper say that “the government’s going to be choosing carefully in the construction of this network, and it has invoked the national security exception for the building of this network.” More →
According to a draft report that will be released on Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee has decided that the rapid expansion by Chinese telecom equipment makers Huawei and ZTE in the U.S. market is a potential threat to national security. The report based on an 11-month investigation claims Huawei and ZTE could possibly be working with the Chinese government for non-commercial reasons.The report comes as Huawei is reportedly mulling over an IPO. Both Huawei and ZTE have rebutted the report and have called it baseless. More →
Huawei Technologies has reportedly reached out to various investment banks for advice on filing an initial public offering, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Chinese company is said to be interested in an IPO in an attempt to gain more contracts in larger markets such as the United States, and because of that, it is leaning more towards a U.S. listing over Hong Kong or London. The public offering would also help Huawei ease the concerns of Western governments that fear the company has close ties to China’s military. Such a step would provide the world with information on Huawei’s ownership structure, sources of revenue, risk factors and the presence or absence of state support. The company has considered an IPO in the past, however, and has ultimately decided against the option. More →
Huawei (002502) has increased its presence in the smartphone market with a number of new Android handsets and will continue its push with upcoming smartphones and tablets based on the Windows Phone 8 platform. The Chinese manufacturer also plans to develop its own mobile operating system in case it wants to distance itself from Android in the future. “Whatever consumers like, we’ll develop,” Wan Biao, CEO of Huawei Device, said in an interview with Reuters. “We’re also devoting resources into coming up with a phone operating system based on our current platform in case other companies won’t let us use their system one day.” Despite disappointing early sales, Huawei is looking to ship more than 100 million mobile phones this year, including 60 million smartphones. “It will be very challenging, but that target remains intact,” said Wan. The company is currently the sixth largest mobile phone vendor in the world, however Huawei is aiming to become the third largest, with a 15% market share, by 2015. More →
Shortly after Microsoft (MSFT) announced Windows Phone 8, Huawei (002502) revealed that it had partnered with the software giant to offer a new smartphone later this year. According to a report from Chinese website Wimp.cn, Huawei will announce its new Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Ascend W1, at a press conference on September 25th. Pricing details are unknown at this time, however the device is expected to compete directly with Nokia’s (NOK) new Lumia 920. The Ascend W1 is expected to be available in black, white, blue and pink later this year in Europe, China and the United States. More →
Huawei isn’t a well known brand when it comes to the U.S. smartphone market. The Chinese manufacturer is looking to change that, however, and plans to push forward with more advertising in the U.S. and a slew of new smartphones. The Ascend P1 was announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics show in January, and over the past few months it has been slowly rolling out in various markets. Huawei is betting big on its Android-powered smartphones, but in a world of Samsung Galaxy S IIIs and HTC One Xs, is the company’s latest effort enough to attract consumers and increase its share of the extremely competitive smartphone market? Read on to find out.
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 →
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 →
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 →