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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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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Huawei Ascend D Quad XL review: A great smartphone that’s likely to be overlooked

By on October 26, 2012 at 3:16 PM.

Huawei Ascend D Quad XL review: A great smartphone that’s likely to be overlooked

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 →

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White House review reportedly clears Huawei of spy charges

By on October 18, 2012 at 7:27 PM.

White House review reportedly clears Huawei of spy charges

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.”

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Huawei's Ascend W1 Windows Phone 8 smartphone revealed in leaked photos

By on October 16, 2012 at 10:46 PM.

Huawei's Ascend W1 Windows Phone 8 smartphone revealed in leaked photos

Huawei Ascend W1 Leak

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 →

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Canadian government may block Huawei from its network

By on October 10, 2012 at 8:57 PM.

Canadian government may block Huawei from its network

Huawei Controversy

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 →

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Congressional report labels Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE threats to national security

By on October 8, 2012 at 9:04 AM.

Congressional report labels Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE threats to national security

Huawei ZTE Espionage Threat

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 →

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