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The United States and People’s Republic of China have been engaged in a trade war for the last few years. The US is reportedly about to take this battle to the next level. President Trump will likely sign an executive order this week that would prohibit telecommunications companies from using equipment from companies such as Huawei. Three anonymous officials insisted that an upcoming executive order would ban telecommunications providers from using products from other companies that have been deemed a threat to national security. It is no secret that the United States believes that Chinese telecommunications company Huawei is a threat. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recently confirmed... Read more...
Huawei is a Chinese company mostly known for smartphones and networking hardware that aren't widely available in the U.S. The reason that Huawei products aren't offered here has to do with an ongoing feud between Huawei and the U.S. government over Huawei's close ties to the Chinese government, something Huawei has denied. However, a major telecommunications company recently found hidden backdoors in Huawei's networking hardware, which basically proves-out the U.S. government's claims. Despite not being available in the States, Huawei has done well in the smartphone market globally, muscling past Apple to become the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Today we learn... Read more...
When it comes to the world of smartphones, Huawei has been kicking ass and taking names. IDC has released its latest global smartphone market share figures for Q1 2019, and they show a big shakeup in the smartphone rankings. While Samsung is still the world's #1 producer of smartphones, Apple's stunning iPhone sales shortfall coupled with Huawei's meteoric rise in sales (even without a presence in the U.S. market) have allowed it to slip into the second-place position. Compared to Q1 2018, Samsung saw its shipments decline by 8.1 percent during Q1 2019 to a total of 71.9 million smartphones. Samsung's sales were buoyed by the recently launched Galaxy S10 family during Q1,... Read more...
Government intelligence agencies in the United States have held firm that Huawei's products present a security risk and could be used as conduits of sensitive information to China. Huawei has repeatedly denied the claims, but is there any truth to it? Well, as an interesting twist to the situation, it's being reported that a major telecom had previously found "hidden backdoors" on Huawei's networking equipment. In security parlance, a backdoor is a means of bypassing authentication or encryption in a product or service. Technically, it is not the same thing as a vulnerability (usually), but can have the same consequences. That is the reason why Apple refused to build a backdoor into iOS for the... Read more...
Huawei is off to a good start in 2019, in terms of its overall business. The Chinese telecommunications company generated 179.7 billion Chinese Yuan (around $26.7 billion in US currency) in revenue during the first quarter, which represents a 39 percent year-over-year increase, resulting in an 8 percent jump in profits (slightly higher than last year). Those figures are not terribly surprising, since Huawei is the biggest smartphone maker in China. However, the company's financial success is noteworthy considering the war of words it finds itself in with the US government, amid repeated attempts to expand its business on US soil. Just last week, for example, the US Central Intelligence Agency... Read more...
The United States government and Chinese telecommunications company Huawei have a strained relationship. The US Department of Justice and various member of Congress have accused Huawei of spying on behalf of the Chinese government and committing a variety of crimes, while Huawei has accused the US government of launching a smear campaign. Now the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has thrown its hat into the ring. The CIA claims that Huawei is directly funded by the Chinese government. The National Defense Authorization Act prohibits American government agencies from using products from Huawei and their smaller competitor ZTE. Huawei has been accused of spying on behalf of the Chinese... Read more...
2-in-1 convertibles based on Qualcomm's PC-centric Snapdragon Mobile Platforms have been few and far between up until this point. Qualcomm and Microsoft kicked off the "Always Connected" Windows 10 PC initiative back in late 2016 with the Snapdragon 835 and followed up with the Snapdragon 850. This weekend, we're learning of a new entry into the sparse field with the Huawei MateBook E 2019. Huawei's first ARM-based laptop comes with some pretty impressive specs. The thin and light machine has a 12-inch 400-nit display with a resolution of 2160x1440 and it has a kickstand to hold up the tablet portion (Microsoft Surface style). You can also attach a keyboard to the MateBook E 2019,... Read more...
Some Nexus 6P owners might be in for a hefty payday. That's because Google and Huawei have agreed to settle a class action lawsuit that would pay Nexus 6P device owners up to $400, should the settlement be approved by a court. The total amount of the settlement is $9.75 million, paid out in cash (as opposed to a rebate on a future purchase). "All Nexus 6P purchasers within the United States are eligible to participate. Class members can claim a share of the settlement fund by filing online or by mail," a court document related to the settlement agreement reads. The class action lawsuit dates back to 2017, when consumers complained of two annoying issues. The first alleges that a battery issue... Read more...
When it comes to the market for folding smartphones, things are just getting started. In late February, Samsung pulled the wraps off its Galaxy Fold which will be available for purchase this year in the United States. A few days later, Huawei unveiled its sleek Mate X, which won’t [officially] be sold here. Other companies are confirmed to be developing folding smartphones including Xiaomi and Motorola, and the market for these devices is expected to slowly grow over the next four years. According to Garner, folding smartphones will take up 5 percent of the flagship smartphone segment by 2023. Given current smartphone trends and future projections, that would... Read more...
If you thought the Mate X was the only folding smartphone in Huawei's stable, well, you thought right. Every other phone Huawei offers sticks to the standard blueprint for smartphone design, at least as it pertains to the form factor. But while that is the case right now, Huawei thinks the landscape could look very different in just a couple of years. The operative word there is "could," as in, it is certainly possible that Huawei could crank out a bunch more folding smartphones. Huawei CEO Richard Yu talked a little bit about folding phones during a question and answer session with the media, following a keynote in Paris. One of the members of the media asked specifically if half of Huawei's... Read more...
Chinese tech giant Huawei and the U.S. government aren’t exactly on friendly terms these days. The U.S. has long claimed that Huawei represents a security risk to governmental agencies and consumers alike, while at the same time torpedoing the company’s efforts to expand its presence Stateside with wireless carriers like AT&T and Verizon. Huawei recently fought back, suing the U.S. government over what it calls an unjust and unconstitutional ban. "This ban not only is unlawful, but also restricts Huawei from engaging in fair competition, ultimately harming U.S. consumers,” said Huawei in its filing. “We look forward to the court's verdict, and trust... Read more...
Huawei’s P30 Series smartphones haven’t exactly been shying from the spotlight over the past few weeks. Today, however, we’re getting our first official look at the P30 and P30 Pro. Not surprisingly, these are powerhouse smartphones that can take on the best of what Apple and Samsung currently offer. The smaller of the two phones is the P30, which comes with a 6.1-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2340x1080 (and an in-display optical fingerprint reader, not ultrasonic). Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S10 family, which has incorporated a punch hole cut-out for the selfie camera(s), the P30 features a more traditional waterdrop notch at the top-center of the display. Interestingly... Read more...
Huawei plans to announce their next generation of smartphones at an event next week, but leaks have been pouring onto the Internet. Earlier this week, Amazon accidentally posted a listing that revealed the pricing and release date of the Huawei P30 Pro. Most recently, images have been leaked that reveal the colors and design of the full line of Huawei P30 and P30 Pro devices. Twitter user Evan Blass or “@evleaks” posted pictures of the upcoming line of Huawei devices. The P30 features the camera flash below the camera system, while the P30 Pro places the flash to the side of the camera. The Huawei P30 will be available in black and two different blue-leaning color gradients, while... Read more...
Huawei has yet to announce its next generation of smartphones, the P30 and P30 Pro, but leaks abound. Amazon accidentally posted a listing for the new devices confirming the pricing, release date, and specs for the P30 Pro. The Amazon listing was quickly pulled, but revealed some interesting information. The P30 Pro will ring in at €1024 or $1161 USD. It will incorporate Huawei’s own Kirin 980 SoC, 8GB of RAM, 128GB internal storage, and Android 9 Pie. The device will also include a Leica 4-input camera system. This includes a 32MP front camera, a 40MP main sensor, 20MP wide-angle sensor, an 8MP sensor, 10X Hybrid Zoom, and ToF. Image from 9to5 Google The P30 Pro is listed as... Read more...
Huawei is on the verge of releasing the follow-ups to its P20 and P20 Pro. Thanks to some careful sleuthing, we not only have images of the next-generation P30 and P30 Pro, but also a full rundown of what kind of hardware specs these devices will be carrying. Huawei P30 The information on the new smartphones comes courtesy of WinFuture, which explains that the base P30 will feature a 6.1-inch OLED panel with a resolution of 2340x1080. Nestled within the “waterdrop notch” above the display will be a 32MP selfie camera. Out back, Huawei is throwing in a trio of cameras: a 40MP main sensor, 16MP wide-angle sensor, and an 8MP sensor. Thankfully, it’s confirmed that the... Read more...
Huawei has seen massive growth in the smartphone market in part because prices for Apple and Samsung devices have soared. Huawei is very popular outside of the U.S., but the company has virtually no marketshare inside the U.S. due to the government urging carriers not to offer its devices over fears of spying. In January 2019, the U.S. DOJ filed criminal charges against Huawei for alleged trade secret theft, bank fraud, and obstruction of justice. Huawei has now filed suit against the U.S. government over product bans in the States. Despite Huawei fighting the U.S. government in court, the company is preparing for the worst. The worst-case scenario for its products isn't that the ban of its devices... Read more...
Samsung may have been the first mainstream smartphone company to unveil a production folding smartphone, but Huawei arguably stole the limelight with its more elegant Mate X. While the Galaxy Fold has a display that folds inward (which admittedly adds additional protection) and has a smaller secondary display on the outside, the Mate X's display folds outward.  The Mate X's design means that the display is always visible, even when folded. The display may be more prone to damage when dropped, but damn it sure does look good in the process. Huawei Mate X However, a new patent filing from Samsung -- which was unearthed by Let's Go Digital-- shows that the company's second-generation... Read more...
As was expected, Huawei on Thursday announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the United States government over a provision (Section 889) to the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that effectively bans all US government agencies from using products manufactured by the company (as well as ZTE), over spying concerns. The ban on Huawei and ZTE underscores the tensions that exist between the US and China, and efforts to stay one step ahead in today's cybersecurity landscape. On multiple occasions, US intelligence agencies have warned that Huawei and ZTE present a security threat and could be spying on users at the behest of China's government.   Huawei has repeatedly denied the... Read more...
Perhaps feeling as though it has been backed into a corner, Chinese telecom Huawei is preparing to sue the United States government over a defense bill that would further dissuade domestic companies from doing business with the company. The bill is the latest move in an ongoing effort to encourage businesses to distance themselves from Huawei over concerns that it is spying on users for the benefit of China. At issue here is an amendment to the US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was signed in 2018. The new language further blocks certain US agencies from using equipment by Huawei and also ZTE, another Chinese company that security officials have previously said could be spying... Read more...
We got out first glimpse at Huawei's Mate X on Friday when the smartphone was leaked via a banner advertisement. But now, we're getting our first real look at the smartphone in the flesh, and boy does it look good. Samsung struck the first blow with its Galaxy Fold, but Huawei has arguably created a more desirable and stylish design with the Mate X. In its fully unfurled configuration, the Mate X takes on the form of an 8-inch tablet with minimal bezels all around. This gives you access to an 8:7 aspect ratio display with a 24820x2200 resolution. However, when folded -- the Mate X folds so that its folding display is presented outwards instead of inward like the Galaxy Fold --... Read more...
Smartphones aren't all that get rolled out at MWC 2019, Huawei is pulling the covers off updated MateBook laptops, and one of them is an updated version of the high-end MateBook X Pro. The machine  an Ultra FullView display that measures 13.9-inches and has a native resolution of 3000 x 2000. The LTPS panel used in the display supports 100% of the sRGB color gamut to help bring content to life. Huawei also baked in 10-point multi-touch and Finger Gestures Screenshot tech. Huawei MateBook X Pro As for the hardware under the hood, the MateBook X Pro has 8th gen Intel Core i7-8565U or Core i5-8265U processors available. Graphics are handled via an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 discrete GPU that has... Read more...
Samsung isn't the only major smartphone OEM that is looking to dabble in folding smartphones. Huawei was widely expected to show off its first folding smartphone at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC 2019), but the design of the smartphone has already been leaked. A banner that was being erected to promote the phone was spied ahead of its big unveil and it appears to take a slightly different approach compared to what we saw with the Galaxy Fold. The Huawei Mate X appears to house quite a few sensors and cameras (we spy at least three) along a prominent "spine" that runs down one side of the device.  The display is hinged in the center and when folded closed, the display... Read more...
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