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It seems like Samsung and Apple just aren't getting the memo from consumers that people aren't happy with the pricing of their flagship devices; prices are pushing into the well over $1000 zone. Apple has seen its iPhone upgrade cycle lengthen to four years with much of the reason placed on the high price of the smartphones. Samsung is facing the same challenge as its prices go ever higher with each new generation. A new report from research firm Gartner says that Huawei is gaining ground on them in part because the pricing of iPhone and Galaxy devices is so high. Smartphone makers from China, like Xiaomi, are going more affordable; Xiaomi unveiled a new flagship device called the Mi 9 that bested... Read more...
Huawei is perhaps best known as the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. The Chinese company recently surpassed Apple's marketshare despite difficulties cracking the U.S. market. The company has enjoyed strong demand for their products internationally, thanks to competitive pricing and premium designs. We have previously reviewed Huawei's MateBook X Pro and Matebook D notebooks and found both to be solid values and worthy of recommendation.  At CES this year, Huawei introduced its newest ultrabook, the Matebook 13. We took it for a spin to see how it compares to Huawei's other offerings, and the competition. The MateBook 13 comes standard with a Intel Core i5-8265U clocked... Read more...
Huawei released its Mate 20 series of smartphones late last year, consisting of the Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20, and Mate 20 Lite. The Lite and Pro versions are the base and flagship models, respectively, while the Mate 20 we're looking at here today is the middle child. When comparing the Mate 20 to the Mate 20 Pro you can see Huawei has omitted some of the high-end features, such as an in-screen finger print reader and OLED display. However, you still get a large 6.53" IPS display with a 88% screen to bezel ratio (thanks to its small teardrop top notch) a large 4000mAH battery, and a camera that's nearly as good as the one in the Mate 20 Pro. So, if you can live without all the bells-and-whistles,... Read more...
This year's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona is now just a few weeks away, and that typically means that leaks and rumors will start flowing in faster and more furiously than usual. Even the companies themselves are starting to get in on the action around this time of year. That's the case with Huawei, which teased a looming announcement of a folding smartphone at the event. Huawei's mobile team posted an image on Twitter that points to a press event on February 24 at 2 pm CET (8 am ET / 11 am PT). "Come with us to explore #ConnectingTheFuture LIVE from #MWC @GSMA. Are you ready to reveal the unprecedented?," Huawei wrote. The image appears to show a smartphone in a V-shape, presumably... Read more...
The US Justice Department has filed a series of indictments against Huawei, China's largest telecommunications company, and its US affiliate. Huawei stands accused of several crimes, including a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from T-Mobile, more than half dozen counts of wire fraud, and obstruction of justice. US security and intelligence agencies have long warned against doing business with Huawei over concerns that it is spying for the Chinese government. Today's charges, however, are not directly related to those previous warnings. Instead, the Department of Justice says Huawei conspired to steal intellectual property from T-Mobile, and could end up paying millions of dollars if found guilty.... Read more...
Samsung has long reigned supreme as the world's top smartphone maker, but the company's seat at the throne is continually coming under attack from Chinese OEMs like Xiaomi and Huawei. Both companies have been offering budget-minded smartphones that deliver enviable specs at attractive price points. Samsung is fighting back hard with its new Galaxy M series, which is launching first in India, which is an extremely price sensitive market. The Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M10 share a similar design theme, but differ in the choice of processor and in screen sizes (although both feature one of Samsung's latest takes on the notch: the Infinity-V Display). The Galaxy M20 is equipped with a 6.3-inch FHD+... Read more...
Time and again, United States government officials and agencies have warned that Huawei and other Chinese telecommunication companies pose a security threat, due to spying concerns. Huawei has repeatedly denied being in bed with China's government, so to speak. Its founder recently doubled down on the company's denial that it's not a spy for China, while also acknowledging a love for his country and the Communist party. "I still love my country, I support the Communist party, but I will never do anything to harm any country in the world," Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei said, according to a report in the Financial Times. Zhengfei added that Huawei had "never received any request from any government... Read more...
You can only push prices so far before customers start turning away from your products. That seems to be the case with Apple's 2018 lineup of iPhones, which are the most expensive ever introduced for customers. A new report indicates that many Chinese retailers have taken the uncommon step of slashing the prices of relatively new iPhones in order to win the attention of customers. According to Reuters, popular Chinese retailers like Suning and JD.com are discounting models like the iPhone XR by as much as $118 off its starting price. In total, six retailers have instituted dramatic price cuts in order to spur iPhones sales according to the news organization.  At this point it's not... Read more...
Huawei is best known as one of the largest smartphone vendors and telecom equipment makers in the world. However, the company also offers a respectable line of notebooks and tablets that are worth attention. Huawei just announced their Matebook 13 and MediaPad M5 lite at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The successor to the award-winning Matebook X Pro will be available in US stores by the end of the month.  Many people are comparing the Matebook 13 to Apple’s MacBook Air. Both devices are touted as thin, light, and packed with “market-leading specs”. Apple is currently one of Huawei’s biggest smartphone competitors. Notebook numbers are slightly harder to come... Read more...
Few things are more embarrassing to big brands than mistakes on social media. Android device makers certainly have been embarrassed on multiple occasions by social media folks who forget that when you Tweet from an iPhone, the little "via Twitter for iPhone" tag goes with your post. Huawei found this out the hard way around midnight on December 31 when a post to its official Twitter account was made to wish the world a happy 2019. via Marques Brownlee The post itself was fine; the embarrassment came in the fact that the tweet was posted via an iPhone. While a mistake of this sort is nothing new, what is new is that Huawei has gone very public with its chastening of all people who were involved... Read more...
Huawei is a Chinese company that makes smartphones and networking equipment, and has close ties to the Chinese government. A new report has surfaced that claims a deal between Huawei and the Washington Redskins NFL team was axed after a U.S. government complaint. The deal would have reportedly seen fans at the stadium where the team plays home games get free Wi-Fi. The deal fell through, in 2014, after the NFL team was warned that Huawei posed a cybersecurity threat according to a source familiar with the matter. So far, the U.S. government and its agencies that have been issuing these warnings have offered no concrete proof that Chinese intelligence agencies have infiltrated Huawei phones... Read more...
Goodbye notch, hello punch hole displays? 2018 was the year of the notch, and it looks as though 2019 will be the year of a more streamlined (and less obnoxious) patch forward. After previous entries including the Samsung Galaxy A8s and the Nova 4, Huawei has stepped up to the plate with the Honor View 20.  The Honor View 20 makes use of a hole in the top left corner of its display for the 25MP selfie camera. This asymmetric design feature takes up less screen real estate than a center display notch, but it does look rather odd sitting off to the corner by itself. With that being said, the Full HD display measures 6.4-inches and features a tall 19.25:9 aspect ratio.... Read more...
Huawei on Monday announced its Nova 4 smartphone with a full front display that is similar looking to Samsung's Infinity-O screen found on its recently launched Galaxy A8s (and upcoming Galaxy S10). Like Samsung's handset, the Nova 4 ditches the bezel and sports a punch-hole design in the upper-left corner for the front-facing camera. Judging by the press renders we've seen, the Nova 4's front-facing camera hole is slightly smaller than the one on the Galaxy A8s. The smaller design arguably makes it less of a visual distraction. Regardless, it packs a lot of megapixels—25 million, to be exact, with an f/2.0 aperture, 1080p video recording, and anti-shake support. It's a rather big screen,... Read more...
We're learning more details about the upcoming Honor View 20, and it is confirmed to debut on January 22, 2019. Naturally, the device packs in a lot of hot tech and one of the most interesting things about it is how it does away with the maligned notch that most smartphone makers use and goes with a front selfie camera that lives inside a small punch hole in the screen. The screen has been dubbed "All-View," and one mystery that remains right now is precisely how large that screen will be. While we don't know what size the screen will be, its resolution has been tipped at 1080 x 2310, and it will cover the entire front of the device save save for the camera cutout. Another factoid... Read more...
After being arrested on Saturday, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is still awaiting extradition to the United States. At the time no formal charges had been disclosed, but a bail hearing held in Vancouver revealed that Meng Wanzhou has been charged with fraud and violating US sanctions against Iran. The scandal revolves around a small company called Skycom Tech that is located in Hong Kong. According to John Gibb-Carsley, a lawyer working for Canada's Justice Department, Skycom has operated as an unofficial subsidiary of Huawei for several years. The two companies have attempted to hide their relationship from the public, but internally the company is clearly a part of Huawei as employees have Huawei... Read more...
Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou has been arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the United States. The charges levied against her haven't been revealed at this time, but Meng Wanzhou's arrest has already had staggering effects on stock exchanges around the world. In addition to being Huawei's CFO, Meng Wanzhou serves as the deputy chairwoman of Huawei's board, and she is the daughter of Huawei's founder Ren Zhengfei. Meng Wanzhou was in Canada on a layover when she was apprehended by Canadian police. A publication ban has prevented the Canadian Justice Department from sharing additional details about why she was arrested, but a law enforcement official indicated that she was wanted as part of... Read more...
Another week is underway, and that means another round of smartphone rumors. Huawei and its upcoming Nova 4 handset is once again at the center of it all. The Nova 4 is garnering attention in part because it replaces the traditional bezel and, more recently, the notched design that has become popular, with a circular cut-out for the front-facing camera. Otherwise referred to as a punch-hole design, the camera cutout sits in the upper-left corner of the phone. This implementation of the front-facing camera allows for an all-front display, minus the little hole in the corner, of course. There's no doubt the Nova 4 is real. Huawei recently teased a press render of its upcoming phone on Weibo, a... Read more...
Corporate espionage is something that companies all over the world have to deal with. The latest major manufacturer to deal with the ramifications of corporate espionage is Samsung, as nine people have been indicted in South Korea for stealing Samsung's folding display trade secrets and selling them to China. Samsung showed off this folding display tech when it unveiled the folding Galaxy smartphone earlier this month. That smartphone is tipped to sell for as much as $2,500 and be limited in availability. While the people who sold the data can be brought to justice, there is no putting the genie back in the bottle, and the fear is that the stolen tech might end up in smartphones from Chinese... Read more...
Huawei, a major smartphone player in China that has had a tough time cracking the US market, posted a teaser image of an upcoming smartphone model that completely ditches the bezel, and that doesn't have a notch. Instead, Huawei appears to be taking a page from Samsung by implementing a punch-hole design for the front-facing camera. Click to Enlarge (Source: Weibo via Huawei) The image appears on Weibo, a popular microblogging site in China. It's basically just an outline of a smartphone that blends into the background, which itself is a picture of outer space. The translated text accompanying the photo reads, "Make a heavy 'point' and see you in December." That's probably not a totally accurate... Read more...
The United States is currently trying to persuade its allies to ban all Huawei devices. Government officials are concerned that Huawei and other Chinese telecommunication companies are a cybersecurity threat. The United States fears that the devices could be used to spy on users and could be easily controlled by the Chinese intelligence agencies. This past August, President Trump attempted to prohibit government use of devices from Huawei and fellow Chinese telecommunications company ZTE. Australia quickly followed in the United States’ footsteps and banned both companies from supplying 5G technology. The United States is now particularly concerned that these devices could be used against... Read more...
Samsung isn't the only major smartphone OEM looking to rock a folding smartphone in the coming months. Huawei previously announced its plans to release a similar smartphone, and we're now hearing that development on the device has been completed. Huawei patent filings for a folding smartphone According to ET News, Huawei has shown finalized prototypes to South Korean wireless carriers who will be tasked with pushing the phones to customers. In a move that will allow Huawei to one-up Samsung's Galaxy F, this folding smartphone will have integrated 5G support. In this instance, the phone will be using the company’s Balong 5G01 5G modem. South Korea's first 5G networks... Read more...
Samsung may be headed towards a record quarterly profit, as its recent third quarter guidance indicates, but its smartphone shipments are down. According to data released by International Data Corporation (IDC), Samsung had a "challenging" quarter in which its smartphone shipments declined 13.4 percent to 72.2 million units. The good news for Samsung is that even though smartphone shipments saw a noticeable dip, it still leads the way. Those 72.2 million shipments were more than any other phone maker, and enough to hold onto the top spot in market share, with Samsung controlling 20.3 percent of the global smartphone market. That's down from 22.1 percent from the same quarter a year ago. "While... Read more...
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