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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series is not even shipping to customers yet, and already Huawei is looking to make Apple's latest flagship design look outdated.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...
Things have gone terribly wrong for Huawei in the U.S. market as President Trump has declared the Chinese tech company off limits. The moves by the Trump Administration have forced companies with tech designed in the U.S. to stop doing business with Huawei. So far this month, Huawei has seen Google, Intel, Qualcomm, and ARM cut ties. Not only does that prevent Huawei from getting their products, but it also prevents Huawei from working on its chips as it licenses patents from some of the companies for its hardware. Microsoft has now kicked all Huawei laptops off its online store. If you search for Huawei on the Microsoft store the only returns are for a few apps; there are no hardware devices... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware’s Two And Half Geeks, Marco, Chris and Dave chat about some sweet new NVMe SSDs from Samsung and WD, the hot new OnePlus 7 Pro Android flagship, Fractal Design's Define S2 Vision RGB case, Huawei's government and supplier woes and more! Show Notes: 06:50 - Samsung 883 And 983 DCT SSD Review: Enterprise Class Storage At Consumer Prices 15:30 - WD Blue SN500 SSD Review: NVMe Performance, Dirt Cheap 22:10 - Fractal Design Define S2 Vision RGB Case Review: Premium DIY PC Chassis 34:40 - OnePlus 7 Pro: A Beastly SD855 Flagship With Triple Cams, 90Hz Display, Huge Battery And A Great Price Tag 53:38 - Google Yanks Huawei's Android License Leaving Future... Read more...
Huawei is in a world of hurt right now, and ARM just delivered another painful blow, perhaps the biggest one of all so far. Following suit with several other US semiconductor companies, ARM is suspending its business operations with Huawei. The move, if permanent, could have a devastating effect on the massive Chinese telecom. ARM's decision to sever ties with Huawei is in compliance with a recent US ban that prohibits American companies from selling to Huawei without a government-issued license. If taking a broader overview of the situation, this also has to do with the current trade war with China, along with lingering security concerns. According to a BBC report, ARM sent its employees a memo... Read more...
Huawei has not been having a very good month, and the past week has especially been difficult—amid US government-imposed trade restrictions with China, Google yanked support for Android from Huawei, and several semiconductor companies severed ties as well, including Intel, Broadcom, and Qualcomm. Things might be turning around, however, and just in time for Huawei's new Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro smartphone launch. Honor is a sub-brand of Huawei, so any restrictions that apply to the latter also affect the former. Nevertheless, Huawei forged ahead with its new Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro smartphones, both of which sport four rear cameras. We'll have to wait and see how they perform, but given... Read more...
There are bad days, and then there are bad weeks like the one Huawei is having. Amid pressure from the US government to stop doing business with Huawei over spying concerns, several companies have reportedly stopped supplying the Chinese telecom with hardware, including major semiconductor firms such as Broadcom, Intel, Qualcomm, and Xilinx. This is the latest blow to Huawei and it could have a crushing effect on its business operations. How much bad news Huawei can weather is being put to the test, it seems—over the weekend, Google dealt a major blow to Huawei by effectively yanking its Android license, leaving the company to only use the public version of Android that is available to... Read more...
We reported Sunday afternoon that Huawei is walking on thin ice after Google announced that it was pulling the company's Android license. With Google's actions -- which are a result of a Trump Administration ban on U.S. companies collaborating with the Chinese smartphone giant stemming from concerns over spying -- future Huawei smartphones won't have access to the mainline Android Q operating system or OS updates.  In addition to that crippling body blow, Huawei is also forbidden from accessing the Google Play Store -- which is crucial outside of the Chinese market -- and can’t access Google apps like Gmail and Google Maps. “We are complying with the order and reviewing... Read more...
The U.S. government's war on Huawei – which has risen to become the world’s second-largest smartphone OEM -- has just taken a rather interesting turn. According to a report out this afternoon, Google has suspended its business operations with Huawei following the Trump Administration's recent move to add the Chinese-based company to a trade blacklist.  In effect, U.S. companies are now forbidden from working with Huawei over fears that it is in cahoots with the Chinese government to spy on U.S. interests and its allies (both in the consumer sector and in government operations). According to a Reuters report, Huawei will "immediately lose" access... Read more...
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