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Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are hot topics in virtually all tech sectors at this moment in time. The technology is gaining traction in many industries, from massive social networks that are analyzing mountains of data, to the tiniest of IoT smart home and mobile devices. Even during our everyday workflow here at HotHardware, we currently utilize a few key AI-enabled applications to enhance our content. Further, if you’ve ever talked to a smartphone for speech-to-text messaging or for Google Assistant recommendations, AI has impacted your connected experiences as well. For those that may be unfamiliar with how machine learning and AI technologies work, we should probably... Read more...
Tensions between the United States government and China have proven a burden for Huawei, which at one point had aspirations of selling its products on domestic soil in stores like Best Buy and wireless outlets like AT&T. Those plans were crushed, and the challenges keep mounting. The latest development has the US government effectively barring TSMC from supplying semiconductors to Huawei. This comes by way of an amendment to the Entity List, which outlines specific license requirements and rules for exporting goods. According to the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Huawei has been trying to undermine US export controls, and the amendment addresses its concerns by restricting the Chinese... Read more...
Can an Android smartphone with bleeding edge hardware, fancy cameras, and high-end features be considered a flagship handset if it ships without any Google apps or access to the Play Store? Huawei certainly thinks so, and that is precisely how it is labeling its new P40 series consisting of the P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro+. All three models are powered by a fast Kirin 990 5G system-on-chip featuring an octa-core CPU and Mali-G76 GPU, along with an neural processing unit. On the CPU side, we are looking at two ARM Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.86GHz, another two of the same cores clocked at 2.36GHz, and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.95GHz. Huawei P40 Pro Each phone also sports 8GB of RAM, with... Read more...
Details on the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro have turned up on Twitter from reliable gadget leaker Ishan Agarwal. According to the leaker, the Huawei P40 Pro 5G smartphone will have a Leica Ultra Vision quad-camera array on the back that includes a 50MP primary sensor, 40MP secondary sensor, 12MP sensor, and a 3D ToF sensor. The telephoto sensor has 50x SuperSensing Zoom and image stabilization. The selfie camera on the front of the phone is a 32MP unit paired with a depth sensor. The two front sensors are why the phone has such a large cutout in the display. The display will be a 6.58-inch unit with curved edges. The SoC is a Kirin 990 5G unit, but the RAM and storage are unknown at this time. Power... Read more...
The contentious relationship between the United States government and Huawei, the second largest smartphone maker in the world behind Apple, is not easing up. Just the opposite, US government officials reportedly claim to have evidence that Huawei is able to spy on users through "backdoors" installed on its mobile devices. In tech parlance, a backdoor is a method of bypassing authentication and encryption schemes. It has been a bit of a hot topic, with the U.S. government urging Apple on numerous occasions to build backdoors into iOS to make it easier for law enforcement to crack iPhone devices that are linked to criminal suspects. Apple has so far resisted, saying that such a backdoor would... Read more...
Huawei has been pounded hard over the last year as a ban imposed on it by the Trump administration saw the smartphone maker banned from the U.S., and banned from using critical software such as the Google line of apps including Gmail and others. Reports have now surfaced that claim Huawei has said that it will never go back to using Google’s apps even if the U.S. ban against it is lifted. Huawei lost access to Google apps in May of last year, and that ban holds still with recent devices like the Mate 30 series launching without Google Mobile Services. The alternative that the company is using instead is its own Huawei Mobile Services. The comment that the Chinese smartphone maker wouldn’t... Read more...
Of the two folding smartphones that were unveiled earlier this year, the Samsung Galaxy Fold perhaps got the most attention. But the Huawei Mate X was no doubt the more "attractive" offering with its outward folding design (the display is exposed even when the in the "folded" position) and sleek looks. The Mate X officially launched in China last month, but has been unavailable to purchase in other global markets. That could potentially change next year with the release of the Mate Xs. Huawei consumer business CEO Richard Yu confirmed in an interview with Frandroid that the Mate Xs will be revealed at Mobile World Congress 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. While the overall design of the smartphone... Read more...
Huawei first announced its gorgeous Mate X folding Android flagship back in late February, and it has been withheld from release since that time. A lot has happened in the past eight months, including Huawei getting the stiff-arm from the U.S. government. This has resulted in component delays and Huawei being banned from preloading Google apps onto its smartphones (along with hampering the company's licensing of Android). Despite those hiccups, Huawei announced today that the Mate X will go on sale next month; November 15th to be exact. At this point, the launch is unfortunately limited just to Huawei's home market of China.  “Our strategy is based on carriers’... Read more...
The iPhone 11 series is not even shipping to customers yet, and already Huawei is looking to make Apple's latest flagship design look outdated. How so? Huawei launched its Mate 30 series today, and the message it wanted to hammer home is how the company about rethinking the design of a premium phone, which in part includes moving on from a square rear camera matrix to a sleeker (or "exquisite," in Huawei's words) Halo Ring. "Today we bring new innovation," said Richard Yi, CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group. Critics of Apple often point to a lack of innovation in the post-Steve Jobs era, and while that assessment might be a bit unfair, Huawei's theme for its Mate 30 series is the opposite.... Read more...
Huawei is only days away from launching its flagship Mate 30 smartphone series. There have been several leaks leading up to the launch, and here in the homestretch, a bunch of leaked press renders give us a glimpse of each Mate 30 handset Huawei has in store, including the Mate 30, Mate 30 Pro, Mate 30 Lite, and Mate 30 Porsche Edition. Huawei Mate 30 Pro The images come courtesy of famed inside man Evan Blass (@evleaks on Twitter), who often posts images and accurate specs prior to official product launches. This time around, he got his mitts on a bunch of renders for the Mate 30 series. The image above, for example, shows the Mate 30 Pro. Assuming the renders are accurate (and Evan's track... Read more...
Huawei is rolling out a new high-end system-on-chip (SoC) that will power its upcoming flagship Mate 30 series. Announced at IFA 2019 in Berlin, the new Kirin 990 lineup includes a version with built-in 5G connectivity, the Kirin 990 5G, in addition to a non-5G variant. Both are said to run faster than Huawe's previous flagship chipset, the Kirin 980. The new SoCs are built on an advanced 7-nanometer+ (nm+) extreme ultraviolet (EUV) manufacturing process. Both also sport eight ARM Cortex cores, including two "ultra-large" A76-based cores, two "large" A76 cores, and four "small" A55 cores. However, while similar in overall makeup, there are some key differences between the Kirin 990 and Kirin... Read more...
Huawei has found itself in more than a little bit of trouble with the sanctions handed out against the company by the Trump administration. The sanctions prevent Huawei for using a licensed version of Android on its devices and from using Google apps and services on its devices. Despite the ban, Huawei is moving forward with the unveiling of the Mate 30. The Mate 30 will launch at an event in Germany on September 18 according to a source cited in a Reuters report. The Mate 30 is a 5G smartphone and will be Huawei's first major flagship device that will launch without licensed Android and Google services. Google has confirmed that the Mate 30 can't be sold with licensed Google apps and services... Read more...
Huawei is taking some extra time to tweak (and possible redesign) its folding Mate X smartphone before it launches. As such, it will no longer launch in September, though Huawei is confident it can get a product shipping to consumers before the end of the year. This latest delay means Samsung can still beat Huawei to the punch. Technically, Samsung already did, though its Galaxy Fold suffered from dire launch issues resulting in it being pulled from the market. Simply stated, the Galaxy Fold was not ready for prime time—multiple reviewers reported screen damage, and a subsequent teardown analysis showed where dust could potentially sneak in and wreak havoc. While there is some benefit to... Read more...
Huawei announced at its developer conference a new, homegrown operating system for mobile devices called HarmonyOS. The company describes HarmonyOS as a microkernel-based, distributed OS and notes it is designed to offer a cohesive user experience across different devices, including smartphones, smartwatches, laptops, and so forth. It is also "completely different from Android and iOS," according to Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group. "We're entering a day and age where people expect a holistic intelligent experience across all devices and scenarios. To support this, we felt it was important to have an operating system with improved cross-platform capabilities. We needed an OS... Read more...
Huawei will once again be allowed to purchase parts and components from US suppliers, including Intel and Qualcomm, after President Donald Trump announced that he is lifting the ban on the Chinese telecom. The decision was made after he met with China's president over the weekend. It also calls into question if the ban was really ever about national security, or mainly a bargaining chip in negotiations with China over trade. Tensions between the US and China have obviously been high, and it is not clear if Huawei got caught in the crossfire or, as domestic intelligence agencies have been saying for a long time, poses an actual security threat. Those warnings have largely prevented Huawei from... Read more...
Huawei might be facing an uncertain financial future in the wake of a recent ban imposed by the US government, but that is no reason to turn people's phones into billboards. Yet that is exactly what it appears Huawei has done—many Huawei device owners report seeing Booking.com ads appear on their lock screens. It is not just a single model smartphone that is affected. Users have reported seeing the ads on a range of devices, including the P30 Pro, P20 Pro, P20, P20 Lite, and Honor 10, and perhaps others as well. Those affected report seeing a Booking.com ad appear over the top of preinstalled landscape background images on their phones. Ah hear... @Huawei why am I now being served ads on... Read more...
Following the troubles Samsung has had in releasing its Galaxy Fold, a folding smartphone that proved to not be ready for prime time, rival Huawei has decided to delay the launch of its own folding Mate X. Huawei wants to perform some additional testing to ensure that its own version of the folding phone does not run into the same issues as the Galaxy Fold. First announced in February, Huawei at the time said the Mate X would launch in mid-2019 starting at €2,299 (around $2,600 in US currency). It is a similar device to the Galaxy Fold, in that the screen can be folded, albeit by wrapping around the front and back. This allows owners of the device to use it as a traditional smartphone when... Read more...
Huawei is still having a no good, horrible, very bad day in the wake of a US ban over spying concerns. The fallout from the ban has been growing, and the latest casualty to Huawei's business operations is the cancellation of a new Matebook laptop launch. There was just no other plausible outcome possible, with American companies being cut off from supplying parts to Huawei. US intelligence agencies have long warned that Huawei is likely spying on behalf of the Chinese government. Huawei has repeatedly denied the accusations, and instead says its advancements in 5G technology is at the root of the US government's aggression towards the Chinese telecom and electronics manufacturer. "This ban not... Read more...
Some owners of the Google Nexus 6P smartphone had serious issues with the device that led to a class action lawsuit being filed against Google and Huawei, the maker of the smartphone. The law firm that handled the class action lawsuit has announced that impacted owners of the Nexus 6P can now file their claims and has a website standing by to process those claims. The claim website gives owners of the Nexus 6P the ability to file an online claim through September 3, 2019. To get reimbursed in the settlement, users have to submit documentation that proves they purchased a Nexus 6P smartphone between September 29, 2015, and May 3, 2019. Users also have to choose one of three filing options and... Read more...
In yet another blow to Huawei as it struggles to deal with a US ban, Facebook is distancing itself from the ostracized smartphone maker by no longer allowing its apps to be preinstalled on the company's handsets. That includes not just Facebook, but also WhatsApp and Instagram, both of which the social media giant owns. US intelligence agencies have long warned that Huawei could be linked to spying on behalf of China. More recently, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) made the claim that Huawei is directly funded by the Chinese government, and the National Defense Authorization Act subsequently banned US government agencies from using products from Huawei (and also ZTE). Things have only gone... Read more...
If you thought that the Snapdragon 855 was a monstrous beast of a smartphone SoC, there’s more where that came from. Arm -- the technology company behind the chip designs that power mobile SoCs from Qualcomm, Samsung and Huawei -- has announced two major components that will go into next-generation SoCs. The first is a new Cortex-A77 CPU, which will drive a 20 percent uplift in IPC performance compared to the Cortex-A76 used in the Snapdragon 855, while memory bandwidth has increased by 15 percent. Arm says that it has also managed to improve machine learning performance over the past two generations of high-end Cortex CPU designs by 35x.  Like the Cortex-A76 before it, Cortex-A77... Read more...
Things keep on getting worse for Huawei. We mentioned Friday that Microsoft had pulled all of Huawei's laptops from the Microsoft online store. Huawei has also seen the Trump administration ban result in its losing access to Google's Android operating system, Intel computer chips, Qualcomm chips, and ARM designs. The bans go so far as to make it so that Huawei can't develop its in-house chips that use tech covered in patents that originated in the U.S. Huawei has been de-listed from the SD Association and no longer appears on its list of members. That means that Huawei can no longer officially use microSD cards or microSD slot in its devices. The ban doesn't impact the smartphones Huawei already... Read more...
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