Huawei’s new smartwatch is now available to pre-order in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and some parts of Europe. You can pre-order the device through online retailer MobileFun in black, silver, and gold.
The black and silver smartwatch, featuring a metal band, will set you back $387. If you want the gold with the leather band, you’re looking at $451. In Europe, the new smartwatch costs €427 ($464) and €498 ($541), respectively. In the UK, it’s just a tad cheaper at £300 ($460) or £350 ($537).
The Canadian variant costs even less, at CAD 477 ($383) and CAD 556 ($447). Those in New Zealand can expect to dish out NZD 534 ($387) or NZD 618 ($447), while Australia will see a price point of AUD 495 ($382) and AUD 577 ($445).
While it’s not real gold, it still looks stylish, and your not shelling out tens of thousands of dollars for something that you’d be scared to put on your wrist, such as the higher class line of Apple Watches.
Huawei’s smartwatch features a 1.4-inch 400 x 400 AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 400 chipset, and 512MB of RAM. You also get all your standard sensors that come with smartwatches–heart sensor, barometer, gyroscope, and etc. There’s no word on when the device will launch or begin shipping just yet. However, we may hear more on that come Huawei’s planned New York City event on June 2.
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The Moto 360 is an obvious first place when it comes to looks in the Android Wear world, but there is a very close second in the Huawei Watch. However, while the Moto 360 is relatively well priced among its competitors, there’s been a very big question mark around the price of Huawei‘s smartwatch after an Amazon listing put a price tag of $1000 next to the Watch. We’re learning today that it’s almost definitely not going to cost a grand, but it’s not going to be that cheap either. According to listings made on retailer MobileFun’s website, the Huawei Watch is going to start at $386.99 USD for the silver and black versions, and stretching up to $451.49 USD for the gold version.
How much can we trust these listings? As always, we have to take it with our usual grain of salt, but these pricings seem the most logical we have seen so far. That said, that would make the Huawei Watch more than $100 more expensive than its Android Wear compatriots – for reference, MobileFun is offering the leather Moto 360 variants for $257.99 USD. That puts the Huawei Watch in direct pricing competition with the LG Watch Urbane, the only other ‘premium’ Android Wear smartwatch, and although it has the advantage in the looks department, we still wonder how much of a market there is for ‘premium’ smartwatches.
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If you were disappointed that your only choice for a new, official Google phone last year was the gargantuan Nexus 6, you’ll be glad to hear that 2015 could be very different. Android Police sources have elaborated on previous rumors with word that both LG and Huawei are working on Nexus handsets this year. The LG device, nicknamed Angler, would have a 5.2-inch screen and might borrow the G4’s six-core Snapdragon 808 processor — effectively, it’d be a modernized Nexus 5. Huawei’s phone, Bullhead, would pack a bigger 5.7-inch display and could step up to a Snapdragon 810 chip. Think of it as a not-so-ungainly Nexus 6.
Some of the specs of both devices are up in the air, so it’s not clear just how sophisticated they’ll be. They should show up around the typical Nexus release window for October, however, which suggests that they’ll both be poster children for Android M. Just don’t expect a new tablet. AP‘s tipsters don’t believe there’s a revised Nexus slate in the works, which could leave the Nexus 9 soldiering on for another year.
Source: Android Police
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We’ve been hearing conflicting rumours in the past few weeks regarding which manufacturer could be making Nexus smartphones this year. Huawei and LG are the two front runners, however, a rumour today has perhaps made the discussion a little easier – according to said rumour, there will be two Nexus smartphones in 2015 due out around October, one from Huawei, and one from LG. Now wasn’t that easy?
These devices are allegedly codenamed the LG “Angler” and Huawei “Bullhead“, and I’m sure we’re all hoping these devices don’t take inspiration from their namesake because both those fish are hideous. Joking aside, the LG device is expected to be a 5.2-inch device with a Snapdragon 808 processor and 2,700mAh battery and the Huawei a 5.7-inch device with Snapdragon 810 and 3,500mAh battery, which fits in with previous rumours which say that the Huawei device will be based on the yet-to-be-announced Ascend Mate 8. Another point worth noting from this rumours is that there will be no tablet to replace the Nexus 9 this year.
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This year, the Nexus lineup from Google could look slightly different. The company is allegedly preparing to offer two Nexus phones in the Google Store while an existing device remains available.
LG and Huawei will each produce their own Nexus phone, according to Android Police. The code names attached to the phones are Angler and Bullhead, respectively. The LG Angler is set to have a 5.2-inch display, Snapdragon 808 processor, and 2700mAh battery. The Huawei Bullhead raises the size with a 5.7-inch display, Snapdragon 810 processor, and 3500mAh battery. The LG Angler would be closer to the Nexus 5 while the Huawei Bullhead resembles a newer Nexus 6. Rather than changing its gameplan entirely, Google is going for a refreshed lineup.
They are to be joined by the Nexus 9 that was released in late 2014. Google seems to find their flagship tablet in no need of change.
The two phones are expected to be released around October, the usual time for Nexus devices to arrive. All of this could change, of course, as we progress into the summer.
Source: Android Police
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Rumors have been circulating recently that companies are lining up to acquire Blackberry. The shortlist includes Microsoft, Xiaomi, Huawei and Lenovo for now — last month, Samsung was reportedly also on the list but backed out after getting a $7.5 billion asking price.
As of now, Microsoft seems to be preparing a $7 billion offer for the company — that’s a 26 percent premium for the stock.
While BlackBerry continues to struggle on the sales end of its operation, it still does have a great reputation in mobile security as a part of its enterprise/business-class devices — the U.S. government still lists BlackBerry as its preferred smartphone OEM. (This, of course, is the valuable asset these suitors wish to gain in any purchase of the company.)
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A new budget smartphone from Huawei leaked this morning with some interesting hardware reportedly inside and a truly budget price. Perhaps the most notable item included in the new device is a push-to-read fingerprint scanner on the back of the device. That is followed closely by word that the device will be capable of supporting all network bands.
According to Huawei’s vice president Wu Zhou, all of the manufacturer’s future devices will include fingerprint scanners and support for all network bands. This is an indication that costs for this hardware has fallen sufficiently low to make it viable even in budget phones.
According to sources, the new device will come with a price tag equal to only $161 USD. No other details are available about what other hardware might come in such a low-price device.
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As an official sponsor of the Arsenal Football Club of the English Premier League, Huawei has some unique access to football, er soccer, players for advertising purposes. The result is a fun video from Huawei’s “School of Pronunciation” that ends with an explanation of how to pronounce the company’s name. Presumably this is to help clear up any confusion as Huawei moves to get in front of a larger audience around the world.
In the video, a character named Gordon Friend from the Future Facing Association of Pundits, or FFAPs, leads a class on how to pronounce a variety of Arsenal player names. He starts out easy enough with a warm-up based on Wilshere and Walcott before moving on to four players who make appearances in the video.
The Arsenal players who show up include Koscielny, Szczesny, Gnabry, and Coquelin. However, only the first three get fun and unique explanations as to how to pronounce their names.
The video ends with an explanation of the pronunciation of Huawei, which we are told is Wah-Way.
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In its latest quarterly earnings report, Lenovo become the world’s third largest smartphone vendor. Now, ZTE has its eyes on the title, aiming to become the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer in three years time.
ZTE plans to achieve this goal by sponsoring more NBA teams in order to boost ZTE’s brand in the United States. The Shenzhen-based company already sponsors three NBA teams, and its tripled its US marketing budget last year. Considering that the company’s US smartphone shipments jumped nearly fifty percent in 2014, and they plan on another 20% rise this year, ZTE seems to be on the right track.
Interestingly, ZTE’s jump in shipments are rising, even though US lawmakers are voicing security concerns when it comes to Chinese telecommunications. Huawei was under investigation for a year and half under espionage allegations, where the White House wasn’t able to find any clear evidence. However, vulnerabilities in Chinese telecommunication equipment still remain a concern.
What’ll really be interesting to see is how popular their smartphones will be after they ditch Android in favor of an in-house operating system.
Either way, ZTE does create some quality smartphones. It’ll be interesting to see how popular their devices become in the US and where they’ll stand in three years.
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The Huawei P8, despite being launched less than two months ago, is already seeing its successor receive attention. Alleged acquaintances of Huawei factory workers claim to have knowledge of the upcoming P9’s specifications.
Codenamed IP03, the Huawei P9 will reportedly have a curved rear along with a fingerprint sensor. This would be similar to what is found on the Mate 7.
The following is what the Huawei P9 is expected to offer:
- 5.2-inch display
- 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilization (OIS)
- Kirin 950 processor
- Fingerprint sensor
It is highly unlikely that the Huawei P9 debuts at the company’s June 2 event. This handset is at a few months away from being announced.
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