It looks like Huawei has a few pretty exciting handsets in the pipeline for next year. One is the Ascend Mate8 which is the successor to the venerable Mate7. The Mate8 will have a 2K resolution display, the new Kirin 930 chipset and should be available next fall, retailing for about $650.
That’s not the only high powered handset in Huawei’s stable though. The Ascend D8 should be the companies flagship handset next year, it will feature a 5.5″ screen with a 2K resolution. The Ascend D8 is rumored to have 4 GB of RAM, a 64-bit Kirin 950 processor and 64 GB of internal memory crammed inside. This powerhouse should land sometime in May and retail for about $800.
There will also be successors to other handsets in Huawei’s lineup as well. One of Huawei’s most popular handsets, the Ascend P7, will get a successor called the P8, which should be announced at CES in January. The Ascend P8 is rumored to sport a 5″ screen with a 1080p display, a Kirin 930 chipset (the same as the Mate8), 3 GB of RAM and retail for about $490. Throughout the year we should see numerous other handsets released as well, such as the Ascend 5, 5X, 7 and 7X. Prices should start at $115 for the entry level Ascend 5 and increase up to $320 for the more powerful Ascend 7X. It looks like Huawei is bringing their A game for 2015 with a strong lineup. Just about anyone should be able to find a handset that pleases them in Huawei’s lineup.
Huawei’s career trajectory from Chinese white-label OEM to brand mainstream users “know” really hit a milestone with the Ascend P6. After all, this was the device that was designed to blend the best of iOS and Android into a mainstream device that looked good. Certainly, the P6 was a knock-out, but when we placed it in James Trew’s experienced hands, he found that it didn’t have the brains to match its stylish exterior. What you were left with, then, was a device that impressed up until the point that you used it. Still, plenty of you will have picked up this device free on contract, so the question that we want to ask is simple: what would you have done differently? Head on over to the forum and drop some truth bombs.
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Huawei has announced the TalkBand B1, a fitness tracker with an integrated Bluetooth earpiece, will be available from GetHuawei.com, Newegg.com, Amazon.com and Fry’s Electronics in the U.S. beginning November 14th. The tracker will initially be available only in true black at a suggested retail price of $129.99 with more colors to be release during the upcoming year.
The TalkBand B1 will work with Android 4.0 or higher devices as well as iOS 5.0+ compatible devices. Huawei says the device can sync through a Bluetooth connection or using NFC. The battery in the TalkBand B1 is projected to last six days on a single charge and the device can be recharged in only 2 hours using an integrated USB connector.
The TalkBand B1′s features are fairly comprehensive. The device can handle the normal activity tracking duties like counting steps, calculating miles covered and calories burned. The device will also monitor sleep quality and duration and a vibrating alarm can be set to wake the user without disturbing others. A timer can also be set to alert the wearer if they have been inactive for too long.
As a Bluetooth headset, users can also use the TalkBand B1 to take or make calls. To help users be ready, the device will vibrate once a user moves more than 10 meters away from their synced device.
source: Huawei (PR Newswire)
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It’s what you’ve all been waiting for! Engadget Expand is the place this week. We’re taking over the Javits Center in Manhattan on November 7th and 8th. We’re pretty damn excited for what’s on tap this year, and we think you should be too. But, in case you need convincing read on for ten reasons to get pumped.
There’s a speaker for everyone.
We all love tech for different reasons — its design, its utility, its ability to make the gear from Back To The Future a conceivable reality. Regardless, rest assured that we’ve got you covered with speakers like Benjamin Heckendorn of The Ben Heck Show, James Dietrich of Aldebaran Robotics and four-time Olympic medalist Angela Ruggiero.
You can get intimate with some circuitry.
Get your minds out of the gutter, people. We’re talking about our interactive workshops that let you build your own gadgets with your bare hands. DODOcase is even letting you build your very own VR headset!
Hang out with cutting-edge exhibitors
Leading names in technology will be on the Expand show floor and ready to demo what they’re working on. You can even get your hands on smartphones like Huawei’s Ascend and the elusive OnePlus One. Head over to our microsite to meet all of our sponsors.
All the Free Things
We have it on good authority that some of our sponsors will be giving away pretty cool swag. Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @EngadgetEvents so you can be first in line for #ExpandNY contests and giveaways. (Warning: this in no way guarantees that you will actually be first in line.)
You’ll be front row for our Insert Coin contest
We’ve got some killer contenders this year — everything from drones to a weird little pod that will nag you about your bad posture. Our Judges Choice winner will be walking away with $10,000. But, more importantly, you get choose who takes home our $15,000 Reader’s Choice award. Now is probably a good time to read up on the semi-finalists.
Just one of many unique events on our schedule is a robo dance party. A squad of Nao robots shaking their, er, hinges. We’re also hearing from robotics and animatronics expert Mark Setrakian on building mechanical creations for the silver screen.
Meet your favorite Engadget editors!
Find out if you could hack it on Mars
We’re sitting down with the CEO of MarsOne, Bas Lansdorp. On stage, he’ll tell us what it would take to put a settlement on the red planet, and divulge his ambitious goals to get humans there in the next 11 years.
We’re asking the tough questions
Whatever happened to Dippin’ Dots? What are the dos and don’ts of wearable tech? What the heck is Project Ara? We’ll answer all of this and more — all you have to do is show up. And if you’re not going to be in New York this weekend, don’t worry, we’re live streaming from our stage at Engadget.com. (Where else?)
Best of all…It’s Completely Free!
We know you’ve been spending all of your money on the gadgets we cover, so come enjoy a weekend of tech reverie on us. RSVP now so you don’t get caught in a registration line at the door!
[Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP Photo (Skyline), Aldebaran (NAO robot)]
John Colucci contributed to this report.
Engadget Expand is our annual event that’s all about you — our fans. It’s not your typical tech conference that’s priced for people fortunate to have an expense account. We make the event completely FREE thanks to our generous sponsors, giving you the chance to experience the future — right now. And while you’re at it, you get to meet your favorite Engadget editors.
When you join us at the Javits Center North in New York City next week on November 7-8, you’ll be set loose on our show floor. You can check out some of our exhibitors and get your hands on gadgets that people can’t buy yet (or in some cases, build your own in our workshops), head to our Expand stage and hear from some smart and inspiring people and so much more.
Taking over our stage
Our stage will ooze intelligence thanks to our banner lineup of experts and influencers in the tech and science worlds. On Friday, musician and producer RJD2 will melt faces and blow minds (you’ll have to wait to see how). Then, on Saturday, DARPA’s Arati Prabhakar will talk about the future of defense with our Editor-In-Chief, Michael Gorman. That afternoon, four-time Olympic Medalist Angela Ruggiero will be there to talk about how technology is helping athletes perform better and stay safer.
We’ll also have a robot dance party, talk about VR’s use outside gaming, life on Mars, the future of food and a lot more including our Insert Coin competition, where these 10 semi-finalists will show off their projects onstage at Expand for a shot at our $10,000 Judges’ Choice and $15,000 Reader’s Choice awards.
What else can you expect during our two-day event? Peruse our full schedule for yourself and thumb through the gallery above to see our roster of speakers.
Get your hands dirty
Bring lotion, because your hands are going to get a workout. We’ve grabbed some of our friends at Make: Magazine, LEGO(R), DODOcase, SparkFun and Eyebeam to set up workshops designed so that even the most novice tech nerd can walk away amazed at what they did.
For example, you can meet the folks from DODOcase and build your own cardboard VR headset that works with your smartphone (the above is a similar version by Google, given out at this year’s I/O). Make: Magazine will offer a couple of workshops, one of which will let you build a gadget that brings human interaction and social media together. And you can watch folks build a robot using LEGO(R) MINDSTORMS(R).
Our workshops run on a schedule during the weekend, so definitely check out our itinerary and get to the exhibits early, as supplies are limited.
Eat 3D Printed Fruit (and more!)
You’ll get advice from the Geek Squad, experience 3D Fruit Printing with Dovetailed, wear a Ringly, ride LEIF, put on KOR-FX and a whole lot more. What else can you expect? Flip through the gallery below or head to our sponsors page to find out more.
And now for some light housekeeping…
If you’re going to be in New York City November 7-8, get your free tickets right here and we’ll see you at the Javits Center North. Since it’s a free event, there likely will be lines to get in, but we’ll make it go as fast as possible to get you in… faster. It’s also a good idea to check out these directions to make your trip to the Javits Center even smoother.
If you’re not going to be anywhere near New York City, we’ll pack our site with dispatches from the show floor and our livestream from the stage (which, you can even Chromecast to your TV to watch all the Expand action while in your boxers).
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