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Smartphone makers Samsung and Huawei have both aimed to be the first to market with a folding screen smartphone. However, a company called Royole has stepped around both of those major manufacturers and has launched a folding screen smartphone that is called the FlexPai. It looks more like a tablet than a smartphone and doesn’t appear to be very pocketable. Royole has published a video that makes the FlexPai look very interesting. However, the hands-on video of the tablet in the real world makes the device look decidedly less sexy. FlexPai appears in the hands-on video to be very bulky when closed with a screen that is still too large to fit in a pocket. The smooth and bendable screen is... Read more...
Huawei just recently launched the Mate 20 Pro, a burly Android phone that is a high-end device from top to bottom, but good luck buying one if you live in the United States. The Chinese smartphone maker is not planning to sell its newest flagship phone in the US, and the same goes for the non-Pro variant (Mate 20), simple as that. Actually, it's not a simple decision, but one that is likely rooted in the US government putting pressure on companies and consumers not to do business with Huawei. US intelligence agencies have warned on more than one occasion of security concerns with Huawei (and also ZTE). It's the reason why a deal with AT&T to sell Huawei smartphones in the US fell apart in... Read more...
The next big battle in the smartphone world is shaping up to be which manufacturer is first to market with a smartphone that folds. Samsung was first to start talking about a device with a folding screen and has promised that the folding screen device will launch by the end of 2018. Samsung has said that the big benefit of this folding screen smartphone would be a device with a tablet-like screen in an easily pocketable form factor. The catch is that the price of Samsung's device is expected to be high due to limited screen suppliers. A person allegedly familiar with Huawei's plans claims it isn’t going to sit back and let Samsung be first to market; that person claims Huawei wants to beat... Read more...
With its revamped Wear OS and the announcement of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform, Google is looking for a resurgence in the wearables market. However, top smartphone OEM Huawei has other things on its mind with its newly announced Watch GT, which ditches Wear OS in favor of its homegrown LiteOS. Announced alongside the Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20, the Watch GT features a 1.39-inch circular OLED display (454 x 454), a ceramic bezel and a 316L stainless steel casing. The smartwatch has a TruSeen 3.0 heart rate sensor which can measure active and resting heart rates. Thanks to its use of an efficient Cortex-M4 design (which has cores dedicated for low- and high-performance tasks)... Read more...
Huawei is looking to close out 2018 with a beast-like flagship Android smartphone that throws in everything but the kitchen sink. Watch out, Galaxy Note 9, because the new Mate 20 Pro has its laser sights aimed on you. As expected, Huawei has fitted the Mate 20 Pro with its brand-new, 7nm Kirin 980 processor paired with 6GB of RAM. Huawei is claiming performance dominance over the garden variety Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor used in 2018's flagship Android smartphone and says that it includes a Category 21 modem that is capable of delivering download speeds of up to 1.4Gbps. As is becoming commonplace with newer devices, the Kirin 980 also includes a dedicated neural processing unit (NPU)... Read more...
Huawei is set to unveil its Mate 20 Pro at an even in London on October 16th, but we've already heard quite a bit about the new flagship smartphone courtesy of leaks. A new report, however, is giving us a broad overview of what to expect, and by all account the Mate 20 Pro will be an absolute beast. For starters, the smartphone will be powered by Huawei's brand new 7nm Kirin 980 processor, which is manufactured by TSMC. The 8-core mobile chip is said to have a maximum clock speed of 2.6GHz and can will be paired with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. There will be plenty of storage at your disposal, as Huawei will make available 128GB, 256GB and 512GB SKUs for customers. Huawei introduced us to... Read more...
Smartphones have typically fallen into one of three categories, those being entry-level, mid-range, and high-end or flagship. There is a blurring of the lines between categories, but for the most part, handsets makers have taken a three-tier approach. More recently, however, gaming smartphones have become a legitimate thing, and Huawei might be the joining the fray. The company teased what looks to be a gaming smartphone on Twitter. It's a short 10-second clip showing a smartphone shrouded in a block of ice, revealed to be the Mate 20X by one of the hashtags. "In the heat of battle, stay cool with #HuaweiMate20X," the tweet reads. In the heat of battle, stay cool with #HUAWEIMate20X. 16.10.18... Read more...
Huawei is bringing its big and budget-minded Honor 8X smartphone to the United States after having launched the handset in China a few weeks ago. The pitch from Huawei is that the Honor 8X offers "all-around flagship features at an unrivaled price," and that begins with a premium 6.5-inch FullView display with a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio. As is a growing trend, the Honor 8X is another device to adopt a notched design. Not all smartphones have a notch, though until smartphone makers figure out a way to embed the front camera into the display itself (or have it pop up from the top of the phone), we expect this will be the norm for a great many phones. The display on the Honor 8X has a 2340x1080... Read more...
Once again, Apple saw long lines at some of its stores by customers wanting to snag a new iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max. Don't worry yourself about buyers standing out in the sunlight for too long, though, because Huawei was kind enough to bring some shade. No, we're not talking about umbrellas or makeshift tents, but a different kind of shade. Huawei was spotted giving away free power banks to customers in line for a new iPhone model at Apple's store on Orchard Road in Singapore. That particularly location is Apple's first store in Southeast Asia, which opened for business around a year and a half ago. The power bank has a 10,000 mAh capacity and sells for 80 Singapore dollars (around $59 in US... Read more...
Huawei's CEO is making some bold claims about its upcoming folding smartphone, which he is hoping will be able to beat Samsung's Galaxy X to market. But it's not just Samsung that Huawei is targeting; Microsoft could also be in the company's crosshairs with its folding smartphone. In fact, Huawei CEO Richard Yu says that the device could end up replacing your Windows 10 desktop or notebook computer thanks to its versatility. “Why are you still using a computer?” said Yu, according to the German publication Die Welt. “Probably because the smartphone display is too small for you. We will change that. It is conceivable that a display can be folded out.” A “PC... Read more...
Yesterday afternoon, we reported on Huawei's rather suspect "optimizations" when it comes to its smartphones running 3DMark. The company was caught red-handed cheating by AnandTech, and UL took the drastic move to delist benchmark results for the P20, P20 Pro, Nova 3 and Honor Play. At the time, UL stated, "We found that the scores from the public 3DMark app were up to 47% higher than the scores from the private app, even though the tests are identical... This kind of detection and optimization is forbidden by our rules for manufacturers."  Following the news story blowing up yesterday and gaining widespread attention, cooler heads have prevailed and both UL and Huawei have... Read more...
Just when we thought that smartphone manufacturers had ditched efforts to mislead reviewers and the public with "juiced" benchmark numbers, the latest actions by Huawei prove that the practice is still alive and well. This week, AnandTech discovered that Chinese OEM Huawei has been installing software on some of its smartphones that detects when certain benchmarks are being run. As you might expect, when the software detects a popular benchmark, it ratchets up system performance beyond what the device would normally be capable of in its stock configuration. In essence, the company is overclocking the SoC to make its devices look good in benchmarks at the expense [potentially] of lessening... Read more...
There is a new smart speaker in town. Huawei just unveiled its AI Cube, a smart speaker and 4G router with Amazon's Alexa onboard. The AI Cube is meant to provide “seamless connectivity” in smart homes. But don’t let the name fool you -- the Huawei AI Cube is a cylinder, not an actual cube. Its diameter measures 116mm, its height is 218mm, and the device weighs roughly 900 grams. Its measurements and design are similar to the Amazon Echo Plus. Image courtesy Android Central The Huawei AI Cube features 4 microphones, a 15-watt Mono Speaker, and Far Field Voice Recognition. Like other smart speakers on the market, users will be able to play music, control other smart devices... Read more...
Watch out, Qualcomm; Huawei is knocking at your door. The Chinese tech giant has just announced its next-generation SoC that will power its upcoming flagship smartphone family in late 2018 and beyond. The Kirin 980 is the successor to the Kirin 970 and is the very first commercial 7nm chip that is being manufactured by TSMC. Due to the process shrink from 10nm to 7nm, Huawei is boasting unparalleled levels of performance and efficiency. The Kirin 980 crams in 6.9 billion transistors in a 1cm2die and promises a 20 percent improvement in power efficiency. Considering that we all crave the best performance possible out of our mobile devices, you'll also be happy to know that Huawei boosted... Read more...
Earlier this month, we heard from IDC regarding global smartphone sales for Q2 2018. At the time, the firm reported that Huawei had surpassed Apple to become the second-largest smartphone OEM on the planet with regards to shipments. Today, it's Gartner's turn, and it is backing up IDC's assessment. According to Gartner's analysis, Huawei smartphone sales jumped nearly 39 percent during the Q2. Huawei was able to sell 49.8 million units garnering a 13.3 percent share of the global market in Q2. Apple sold 44.7 million iPhones, taking a 11.9 percent share. However, both OEMs were far outpaced by Samsung, which sold a staggering 72.3 million smartphones, giving it a 19.3 percent share... Read more...
Although they are well known overseas, those of you that live in the United States are probably not as familiar with a little company called Huawei. The thing is, it isn't little, and it has been around for quite a while. In fact, Huawei has been around since 1986 and is actually the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world. As of 2018 they are also the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, second only to Samsung. Huawei pushed Apple into third place earlier this year by taking a 15.8% stake in the worldwide market. That's impressive seeing as just three years ago Huawei's market share was only 8.7%. Not everything has come easy for the company, though. Breaking... Read more...
Never believe what you see in online ads and television commercials. Have you ever seen a breakfast cereal commercial? It looks delicious, but that's not really milk you see in the bowl—a common replacement is glue, as it won't make the cereal soggy for photos. Lest anyone need a reminder that what you see might not actually be what it purports to be, Huawei has once again been 'caught' using an image take with a DSLR camera to demonstrate one its smartphone cameras. The latest incident involves an ad in Egypt for the company's Nova 3 handset. It features two central characters, one of which is actress Sarah Elshamy. In the ad, her presumed boyfriend is attempting to take a selfie with... Read more...
Huawei has been trying its best to break into the U.S. market for smartphones and other devices, but is facing significant roadblocks. Specifically, U.S. lawmakers have urged Google and other U.S. firms to get away from using all Huawei hardware over security concerns and its close ties to the Chinese government. Despite being blocked in the U.S., Huawei says it won't give up on the U.S. market. Despite the U.S. uncertainty, Huawei has now taken the second-place spot in global smartphone rankings. It took that spot from Apple in Q2 2018 according to IDC. In Q2 2018, Huawei shipped 54.2 million devices out of the total of 342 million smartphones shipped globally. Part of what helped... Read more...
Huawei might beat Samsung to the punch with the first retail folding smartphone. While nothing has been launched yet, it's being reported that Huawei is very close to rolling out a foldable handset with a flexible light emitting organic diode (OLED) display in limited quantities. It could be less than 20,000 units, but being first would be a big win for Huawei. "Huawei's planned volume could be limited to some 20,000 to 30,000 units, or even less, for a small group of first-wave adopters," a person familiar with Huawei's plan told Nikkei Asian Review. "The effort is mainly to demonstrate its technology capability and to attract the industry's attention and media coverage." Sources told the media... Read more...
Hauwei is far and away best known for its smartphones and, to some extent, it's line of laptops like the Matebook X Pro. However, it also manufacturers routers and gateways, and one of its older models, the HG532, contains a vulnerability that a malware author exploited to create a fairly large botnet. What's particularly frightening about this is that it only took the malware author a single day to wreak havoc. The new botnet currently spans over 18,000 routers, and is presumably growing. It was initially spotted by security researchers from NewSky Security and later confirmed by several other outfits. Just in : IoT hacker identifying himself as "Anarchy" has claimed to hack about 18000+ Huawei... Read more...
We must say, we came away pretty impressed with what Huawei had to offer with its MateBook X Pro in our recent review, which happens to pack in a lot of current-generation hardware into a thin and light frame for not a lot of money (at least compared to its rivals). The MateBook X Pro shows that Huawei is getting serious about the U.S. market, and it is further extending the reach with the MateBook D. Whereas the MateBook X Pro makes uses of 8th generation Intel Core processors, the MateBook D instead uses an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U APU that incorporates Radeon Vega 8 graphics. You can read our review of a system with the Ryzen 5 2500U installed right here. The MateBook D will... Read more...
Could Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company, be a threat to American national security? The United States Congress recently urged Google to reconsider their partnership with Huawei. The lawmakers believe that Huawei is capable of phone-tapping and cyber-espionage. Senators Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton and Representatives Michael Conaway, Liz Cheney, and Dutch Ruppersberger wrote a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai. They recommended that Google discontinue their relationship with Huawei, “...particularly since your company recently refused to renew a key research partnership, Project Maven, with the Department of Defense.” They also stated that they are “...even more disappointed... Read more...
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