In addition to new smartphones (including a phablet model) and a new tablet, Huawei on Sunday also announced its first ever wearable device, a smart band that will offer various fitness-related features and connect to both Android and iOS devices. However, the TalkBand B1 will also pack wireless calling support – as its name suggests – as the display area of the band can actually be removed and utilized as a Bluetooth earpiece. More →
Huawei on Sunday unveiled a new mid-range smartphone at MWC 2014, the Ascend G6, which will also be available in a 4G LTE version. The Ascend G6 4G will feature a 4.5-inch qHD display – 960 x 540 resolution and 245 pixel per inch (ppi) density – 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 8-megapixel camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 2000mAh battery and Android with Emotion UI 2.0 on top. More →
Huawei posted a video on YouTube teasing some of the products it will unveil at the upcoming MWC 2014 show in Barcelona, Spain, while taking shots at the biggest names in the mobile world, Apple and Samsung. In the video, a Siri-like assistant is telling an iPhone owner about the new mobile devices coming at MWC including a “new tablet with a beautiful slim design,” that will offer a “huge battery” capable of offering you “days of use.” Furthermore, there’s “a smartphone with an amazing front camera,” and “a new multimedia tablet that gives the ultimate entertainment experience” on the way. Finally, an amazing “one more thing” can even support the next generation LTE network. More →
Huawei isn’t going to let Samsung sit comfortably on its throne as the world’s phablet king. Per Engadget, the company announced on Monday that it will soon release the Ascend Mate 2, a sequel to the similarly massive Ascend Mate phablet that it first unleashed upon the world last year. Like its predecessor, the Ascend Mate 2 features a 6.1-inch display and a powerful 4,050 mAh battery that Huawei says you can use to actually recharge other smartphones. The Ascend Mate sequel is slightly slimmer than the original device at 9.5 millimeters thick and has a much improved 13-megapixel camera.
Smartphone shipments surged to a record high in the third quarter, but Apple continued to lose ground as lower-cost devices proliferate in emerging markets. Research firm Strategy Analytics on Monday evening issued its smartphone figures for the third quarter, suggesting that total global shipments jumped 45% annually in Q3 to a record 251 million units, topping a quarter-billion for the first time ever. That monstrous figure was driven largely by Samsung, which shipped an estimated 88.4 million smartphones, up from 56.9 million units in the third quarter last year, to capture a record 35% of the global market. According to Strategy Analytics’ numbers, Samsung now ships nearly 1 million smartphones each day. More →
Huawei has once again denied that it’s in the SpyPhone business. Per The Guardian, Huawei recently wrote a cybersecurity paper in which it said that it has never been ordered by the Chinese government to use its smartphones or telecom equipment to spy on customers. Huawei’s statement comes at a time when it’s been labeled a security risk by the American government for its alleged ties to the Chinese government. Of course, Huawei isn’t the only major tech company that’s had its reputation damaged by allegations of colluding with its government to spy on customers, as Microsoft, Google, Facebook and other American tech giants have been scrambling to reassure their customers that they aren’t being spied upon by the National Security Agency.
After Microsoft picked up Nokia’s handset business in a deal worth $7.2 billion, some observers believed that other third-party manufacturers would flee the Windows Phone platform. But The Wall Street Journal reports that Chinese manufacturer Huawei, which has risen to become one of the top smartphone OEMs in the world, has no plans to abandon Windows Phone 8 anytime soon. Richard Ren, the head of Huawei’s European consumer division, told reporters on Thursday that his company remains one of Microsoft’s strategic partners and that it would not go exclusively with free-to-use platforms such as Android and Firefox OS. The Journal notes, however, that Windows Phone devices represent a relatively smaller percentage of Huawei’s overall handset shipments.
Samsung shot to the top of the market in China and it is currently the No.1 smartphone vendor there by a wide margin in terms of shipment volume. But in a recent research note to clients, Wedge Partners analyst Jun Zhang wrote that things are changing rapidly in China and local brands will soon drive Samsung out of the top spot in this crucial market. “In China, a $300-$400 price range is considered the middle-range smartphone market, compared with the high-end market segment which is dominated by Apple, Samsung, Sony and other foreign brands,” Zhang wrote. “Local brands such as Xiaomi, Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE, Coolpad, Meizu, Vivo, etc. view this segment as their high-end smartphone segment, compared with Apple’s and Samsung’s flagship products retail price above $700.” More →
There may be a savior company out there that will bail out BlackBerry but it apparently won’t be Huawei. In an interview with Reuters, Huawei board member Chen Lifang said that her company has no interest in buying BlackBerry or any other smartphone company because “we want to rely on ourselves.” A Huawei-BlackBerry merger was always unlikely because the United States and Canada would have serious concerns about letting a company with significant mobile security infrastructure get bought out by a firm that has alleged ties to the Chinese military. The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that BlackBerry has been in discussions with a number of suitors about a potential sale and that it wants to complete a deal to sell off the company by November.
Huawei on Tuesday announced the hiring of Colin Giles as the company’s new executive vice president for its consumer business group. Giles was formerly with Nokia for more than 20 years and was instrumental in the company’s expansion into China and other Asian markets. Most recently, he was the head of sales for Nokia, however he resigned in 2012 as Lumia sales continued to slump. With Huawei, Giles will be in charge of global marketing, retail and open channel development. The executive’s biggest challenge will be Huawei’s continuing effort to grow its market share in Western countries. The company’s press release follows below. More →
Huawei has confirmed that it is collaborating with Google to join the likes of Samsung and HTC and produce a stock Android smartphone that will be sold in the Google Play store. Kevin Ho, president of the Huawei’s handset product division, revealed in an interview with Pocket-lint that the company is “working with Google to analyse the possibility” of producing a Google Edition version of its incredibly thin Ascend P6 smartphone. The device measures a mere 6.2 millimeters thick and is equipped with a 4.7-inch 720p display, an in-house 1.5GHz quad-core processor and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The P6 also includes 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a 2,000 mAh battery.
Huawei’s chief executive Richard Yu apparently isn’t afraid to call out larger rivals as he dealt jabs to both Apple and Samsung in a recent interview with The Telegraph. While speaking about his company’s new Ascend P6, the world’s slimmest smartphone, Yu made sure to note the new handset’s superior build quality compared to the Galaxy S4. “We’re not made of plastic,” the CEO said. He continued, “Samsung, they have such huge money – if you invest in marketing and branding then people will always buy no matter how good the products are. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is just a so-so smartphone.” And when it came to Apple, the Huawei chief didn’t pull any punches there either. “In its latest update, Apple makes the phone extremely simple to use,” Yu said. “But if we are just learning from them we can’t catch up, because they are now slipping. We want to go higher than them.”