Huawei’s Honor series of smartphones are designed to pack a punch without punching a hole in your wallet, but these devices typically don’t see the light of day outside of China and other select markets. Today, that changes, with the announcement of the European launch of the Honor 6, a high-powered Android phone with an attractively low price tag. The handset may look like a relatively generic square with rounded corners, but the spec sheet tells a different story. A 5-inch, 1080p display adorns the front of the device, while a 3,100mAh battery allegedly keeps the thing going for more than two days with normal usage. It also packs in 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, and a 5MP front-facing shooter with wide-angle lens. The real star of the show, though, is Huawei’s Kirin 920 octa-core chip, which also includes a Cat 6 4G radio capable of tapping into LTE-Advanced networks that support maximum download speeds of 300 Mbps (Vodafone has one of those in the UK, by the way). The Honor 6 will be available on Amazon’s regional portals from 9AM GMT tomorrow for £229 in the UK and €269 elsewhere in Europe.
While Huawei manufacturers the handset, it’s doing its best to keep that fact hushed up. The company’s always tried to dissociate itself somewhat from the Honor brand, and the same is true in Europe, where it’s essentially being introduced as a new company in its own right. The only visible evidence of the affiliation can be found on the new Honor website, where Huawei’s named as the copyright holder. The Chinese manufacturer isn’t exactly a household name in Europe, but by concealing its connection with Honor as much as possible, it’s hoping to create a distinct identity for the brand. It wants Honor to be seen as a new, disruptive player that sells great smartphones for affordable prices, in the same way OnePlus has managed to manufacture a persistent buzz around itself and its One flagship. The only difference with the Honor 6, though, is that you’ll actually be able to buy it.
We’re just two weeks away from our free Engadget Expand event, taking place at New York City’s Javits Center on November 7th and 8th and there’s still so much to tell you about. If you can’t join us in person, don’t worry — we’ll keep you updated throughout the weekend with dispatches from the show floor and our livestream here on Engadget.
‘Beam Yourself’ to Expand
How does winning a free trip to Engadget Expand sound? Thanks to our sponsors and JetBlue Airways, we’re flying one lucky winner and a guest to New York City for the big event. Also, the 10 first prize winners will get a block of time to roam around the show floor from wherever they are using Suitable Technologies BeamPro devices. Be sure to enter for your shot by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, October 28th.
Taking to the Stage
We’ve packed the schedule with some awesome folks including musician and producer RJD2, Paul Eremenko of Google’s Project Ara and DARPA’s Arati Prabhakar. Today, we’re adding a few more to the lineup:
- Matt Richardson, Contributing Editor, Make: Magazine
- Kate Hartman, Associate Professor, OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) University
- Jeff Branson, Educational Outreach Coordinator, SparkFun
- Sarah Grant, 2012 Artist-in-Residence, Eyebeam; Technical Lead, The Barbarian Group
- Craig Dalton, Co-founder and CEO, DODOcase
- Patrick Buckley, Co-founder, DODOcase; Co-author of The Hungry Scientist Handbook
- Benjamin Heckendorn, Master modder and host of element14’s The Ben Heck Show
- James Dietrich, Strategic Partnership/Developer Program Manager – Americas, Aldebaran Robotics
- Marte Roel, M.Sc., BeAnotherLab
- Niki Werkheiser, Project Manager for the 3D Printing in Zero-G Technology Demonstration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- Angela Ruggiero, four-time Olympic medalist
- Greg Sewitz, Co-founder, Exo
- Agnieszka Nazaruk, Co-founder and Biz Dev, Niwa
- William Woodworth, Project Coordinator/Content Developer, Geek Squad Academy
- Dr. Vaiva Kalnikaitė, Founder, Dovetailed
- Isaiah Kacyvenski, Head of Sports and Fitness Segment, MC10
You can find out who else is coming in the gallery below and know when they’re taking to the stage using our schedule.
To experience the future of technology, sometimes you have to get your hands in the mud (though we’re not planning on having anything that messy). We’ve lined up a bunch of interactive workshops that will keep guests of all ages fully entertained. Here’s some of what you can expect:
- The LEGO(R) MINDSTORMS(R) robot-building competition will come to life at Expand. Come watch folks build a robot that can either “take” Manhattan or “take care” of it and get a shot at a LEGO MINDSTORMS trophy and a $500 LEGO(R) gift card.
- DODOcase will let you build your very own VR headset using its simple cardboard kit and your smartphone.
- Make: Magazine will offer a couple of workshops including one where participants can create a wearable circuit that lives on multiple bodies and responds to a social interaction between two people — bringing social media to real life.
- Eyebeam will show you how to make a wireless network of your very own with the Raspberry Pi and BATMAN ADV protocols. It may sound complicated, but they’ll keep it simple.
- SparkFun will bring you up to speed on the Internet of Things (IoT), showing you how to make a connected object with low-cost materials. The workshop is designed for folks with little to no coding experience.
For more details, check out the schedule.
Showing off the latest in technology
We’ve announced OnePlus, Suitable Technologies, Matterport, Huawei, GizmoSphere and GIROPTIC as some of the companies ready to show you what they’re up to on the Expand show floor. Find out in the gallery below who you can hang out with and we’ll have many more to announce next week.
Insert Coin Semi-finalists
These 10 semi-finalists will show off their inventions onstage at Expand for a shot at our $10,000 Judges’ Choice and $15,000 Reader’s Choice awards. Find out more about these folks in the gallery below and get ready to cast your vote for the Reader’s Choice portion during Expand.
[Photo: Richard Levine/Alamy (Javits Center)]
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In six days, Huawei will be launching a new handset in Europe. The Honor 6 is set to arrive next week in select countries allegedly including the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, and France. Huawei is holding everyone over by hosting a contest in which fifty Honor 6′s are being given away. The only thing necessary is an email and then Huawei will contact winners. To increase your chances of winning, refer some friends and have them participate as it nets another entry.
Folks in the United States, we have no word on the Honor 6′s status at this time. So just keep your fingers crossed for now.
Come comment on this article: Huawei hosting contest to launch the Honor 6 in Europe
We’re sending one lucky Engadget reader (and a guest of choice) to Engadget Expand in New York City on November 7-8, thanks to our friends at JetBlue Airways and our sponsors. What’s more, if you’re one of the 10 runners-up, Suitable Technologies will give you a block of time to mosey around the Expand floor remotely with its BeamPro device.
If you’ve forgotten what Engadget Expand is, let’s bring you up to speed on who’s speaking and exhibiting at our two-day technology love fest at the Javits Center. You also should take a look at our complete schedule here and get to know our Insert Coin semi-finalists here.
We’re lucky to have Musician and producer RJD2, Mars One’s Bas Lansdorp and DARPA’s Arati Prabhakar among the many amazing folks gracing the Expand stage with their presence. Our complete lineup of speakers can be found in the gallery above.
Engadget & jetBlue will beam you to Expand in person
JetBlue is all about bringing humanity back to air travel. For example, you’re not shoved into a seat and given 2 ounces of Diet Coke as consolation for navigating through a busy airport. JetBlue’s awesome in-flight team will give you free, unlimited snacks and drinks, which you can enjoy from comfy leather seats with tons of legroom. You also get to watch live satellite TV thanks to DirecTV and listen to SiriusXM radio while you jet off to one of the airline’s 85+ destinations. Even better — the airline offers wicked fast FlyFi Internet service on a growing number of aircraft, which we had the chance to try out last year.
If you’re the grand prize winner of this contest, JetBlue will pick up the tab for the flight from the nearest continental U.S. airport they fly out of to New York City. Then, we’ll put you up for three nights in a nearby Times Square area hotel and give you $150 spending money to help out as you enjoy Expand. You’ll need to be able to fly in on Thursday, November 6th and fly out on Sunday, November 9th.
10 Runner-Ups will beam around the Expand floor
Conference calls are boring, natch. And traveling to meetings can get pricey. But the folks at Suitable Technologies developed the next best thing to being there: the BeamPro. This device is designed to create an “immersive communication experience” or in the case of Expand, a super unique opportunity. Winners will be given a two-hour slot to roam around the show floor using the “smart presence system” (and a guide so you don’t crash into someone) between 1:00 p.m. ET, Friday, November 7 and 4:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, November 8. So whether you’re in Malibu or Nampa, Idaho — you can be there. And if you don’t win this prize, we’ll keep you updated with our live stream and reports on Engadget.com throughout the weekend.
How to Enter
You’ll have until 11:59PM ET on Tuesday, October 28th to enter using the Rafflecopter widget / entry form below to enter. By entering the sweepstakes, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the official rules (so make sure you review them before you enter — and we’re sorry, but this is only open to residents of the 48 contiguous United States). Good luck!
[Image: JetBlue (aircraft interior), Suitable Technologies (BeamPro at XDS)]
When I reviewed Huawei’s Ascend W1 last summer, I was surprised at how much I liked it, considering its bargain-basement price. Microsoft clearly deserves plaudits for getting Windows Phone 8 to work on such low-power hardware, and Huawei made a real effort to produce a solid feeling, well-made device. Unfortunately, the inclusion of a forward-facing camera couldn’t make up for a paltry 1.88GB of storage, and I couldn’t recommend that you all buy the W1. Instead, I pointed people to the slightly more expensive Lumia 620 – but if you pressed ahead and snapped one of these up instead, what did you think of it? Hop into the forum and share your feels.
Source: Engadget Product Forums
Starting today, residents in the United States can pick up Huawei’s latest oversized smartphone, the Ascend Mate 2, in either black or white for $300 from third-party independent retailer, Newegg.
The Mate 2 is a pretty impressive high-end device, packing a 6.1-inch IPS+ LCD capacitive touchscreen, a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera.
Out of the box, the handset runs the latest build of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean skinned with Huawei’s Emotion custom user interface, but is expected to receive the much-anticipated 4.4 KitKat over-the-air update in the not-too-distant future.
If you’re not completely sold on the Mate 2, you may want to take into account its massive 3,900mAh battery, which is more than capable of powering the 4G-enabled smartphone for two full days of continuous use. What’s more, if you’re carrying other devices around with you when you’re on the go and one runs out of juice, you can plug it into the Mate 2 via the included microUSB cable to charge it; effectively using the phablet as an external battery pack.
If you’re located in the United States and you like the sound of the Ascend Mate 2 — click the link below to pick one up.
Come comment on this article: Huawei Ascend Mate 2 now available from Newegg for $300
Huawei launched their high-end Honor 6 (also known as the Glory 6) back in June and are still rolling it out to other markets, but that hasn’t stopped them from announcing a successor in the form of the Glory 6 Extreme Edition. The main difference is the superior Huawei Kirin 928 octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz, trumping the original’s Kirin 920. This model also ships with a minimum of 32GB of internal storage, besting the original’s default 16GB, though both are expandable.
The Extreme Edition also features NFC, a 5-inch 1080p IPS display, 3GB of RAM, a 3100mAh and runs Android 4.4 with Huawei’s Emotion UI 3.0. These specs differ from some models of the original Glory 6 as there were variations of that device released. As for the camera, you’ll find a 13-megapixel rear camera and a solid 5-megapixel front-facing camera. If the rock-solid specs don’t do it for you, Huawei has also packed a ton of extras into the box including headphones, a screen protector, protective shell and 2 NFC tags. Pre-orders launch in China on the 21st of this month and at launch there will be 9999 limited edition sets.
Source: Android Headlines
Come comment on this article: Huawei announce limited edition Glory 6 Extreme Edition with pre-orders launching October 21st
We’ve talked a lot about Engadget Expand so far (you know, that free event we’re holding at the Javits Center in NYC on November 7th and 8th). It’s time we got you caught up on who’s speaking (and when), who’s exhibiting on the show floor, what’s up with Insert Coin and finally, the winner of our ‘In The City’ sweepstakes. Let’s get started.
What’s happening when?
Our complete schedule of everything happening during our two-day Expand event is live and ready for your stalking. Find out who’s speaking when, what’s happening with workshops and what to expect from our Insert Coin competition. View the full schedule here.
Who’s showing off the latest in technology?
- Matterport will show off its 3D capture system, which lets anyone create 3D models of real-world spaces to share online. For example, a realtor can show off a home online in a much more immersive way.
- Huawei was well represented at each of our Engadget Live events this year, so it’s no surprise we’ll see its line of Ascend smartphones at Expand!
- GIROPTIC made the world’s first full HD 360-degree camera (after a successful Kickstarter campaign) and will let Expand attendees try it out.
Who’s coming to the Expand stage?
Musician and producer RJD2, Adafruit’s Becky Stern, Paul Eremenko of Google’s Project Ara, Mars One’s Bas Lansdorp and DARPA’s Arati Prabhakar are some of the amazing experts we’ve announced thus far. Our complete lineup of speakers can be found in the gallery above or on our Expand microsite.
What’s up with Insert Coin?
We need your help narrowing down our semi-finalists who will get a trip to NYC and a shot at the big prize — either our Judge’s Choice or Reader’s Choice awards at Expand. Meet our current contenders right here and be sure to cast your vote by 11:59PM ET on October 15th.
Who won our ‘In The City‘ sweepstakes?
We’ll announce even more speakers, exhibitors and maybe even a contest real soon. Until then, if you’re going to be in the New York area November 7-8, get your tickets here. If not, keep it locked here on engadget.com?utm_source=Feed_Classic_Full&ncid=rss_full&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Engadget throughout that weekend so you don’t miss a thing.
We’ve had a great run this year with all our Engadget Live events, taking us to Austin, Seattle, Boston and finally Los Angeles. We packed into the Belasco Theatre in downtown L.A. along with some amazing people and exhibitors — one who was all about that bass and some…bananas.
G-Project brought all the bass and handed some of its rugged speakers (and those bananas we mentioned earlier) out to lucky attendees. Engadget Live favorite Huawei give away more smartphones. Jaunt showed off the world of Cinematic VR and STEAM Carnival got the locals excited about its upcoming event. To see what else went down, click through the gallery below.
Now that Engadget Live is behind us until next year, we’re gearing up for Engadget Expand in New York City on November 7-8. You’ll want to get your free tickets and join us if you’re in New York City or you can follow along from our site throughout the weekend.
Also, if the pictures above just weren’t enough — there’s more on Flickr, below.
As we told you last time, there’s lots going on in Los Angeles on Friday nights, but we still think our event trumps anything else you could possibly have planned. Our final Engadget Live event of the year kicks off at 7PM this Friday (October 3rd) at the Belasco Theatre.
Engadget Live is all about bringing together gadget lovers and tech brands. You (the gadget lover) will get to put your hands on some of the latest technology your friends haven’t seen. Try out vaporized spirits from Vapshot, experience Jaunt’s world of Cinematic VR, try out Huawei’s powerful smartphones and much more that you can preview in the gallery below.
So if you’re in the Southland this Friday night, get your free tickets and we’ll see you at the Belasco (not to be confused with the Velazco theatre, that’s in New Jersey). Then we’ll gear up for Engadget Expand, heading to New York on November 7-8!
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