The forthcoming Huawei P8 smartphone, expected to be announced as the company’s next flagship at an April 15th event, surfaced in a filing with TENAA, the Chinese equivalent to the FCC. Besides the information about specs that are included in the filing, Huawei also supplied several images giving us an official look at the device.
The Huawei P8 specs are consistent with previously leaked information. The smartphone will be powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 930 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage expandable via microSD. The Huawei P8 will come with a 5.2-inch 1080p display and a 13MP camera. The device will come loaded with Android Lollipop out of the box. Sources expect the smartphone to be priced at less than $500.
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Huawei has announced its net profit for 2014, which saw a 33 percent rise over the previous year. As well as an increase in smartphone sales, Huawei has also seen a rise in demand for its telecommunications equipment, as the global 4G rollout continues.
Net profit rose to 27.9 billion yuan (USD 4.5 billion) last year on the back of a 21 percent increase in global revenue, which reached 288.2 billion yuan (USD 36.8 billion). Huawei is estimating that its global revenue will grow by another 20 percent this year as well. However, Huawei saw its operating margins fall to 11.9 percent in 2014 compared with 12.2 percent in 2013.
Looking more specifically at hardware, Huawei’s consumer device division, aka smartphones, saw its biggest leap in revenue last year. Revenues rose 32.6 percent, ahead of the enterprise division which grew 27.3 percent. Huawei is hovering around the top five spot for global smartphone shipments, depending on who you ask, with the bulk of its shipments heading to Asia and emerging markets. Foreign exchange rates had a particularly strong influence on earnings last year, due to an increase in foreign sales. We have seen strong 2014 profits for rival Chinese manufacturers too and Huawei seems to be thriving in this heavily competitive market.
Huawei’s carrier hardware business also saw a 16.4 percent growth in revenue last year. For comparison, consumer hardware accounts for 26% of the company’s overall revenue, while telecommunication equipment made up 67 percent last year.
Huawei still remains locked out of several major foreign markets, following fears that close ties to the Chinese government, which finances 22 percent of the company’s debt, makes the company a security threat. Both the US and Australia are keen to prevent Huawei from being involved in communications. Speaking of debt, Huawei announced that the company’s total liabilities amount to 209.8 billion yuan, while it holds assets of 309.8 billion yuan.
Huawei is targeting roughly 10 percent year on year growth to reach its revenue target by 2018, and is also looking to new technologies, such as cloud computing and 5G mobile communications for future areas of revenue.
The Honor series belonging to Huawei apparently has a new device coming as leaked photographs show an unannounced handset. The images obtained by Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru show the device’s back and front. Based on what we see in the leaked images, Huawei is designing an Honor device with a clean and sharp look. The specifications inside suggest something between a mid-range and high-end device. Details have not been provided, but apparently it has a 5-inch display and an octa-core processor based on 64-bit architecture. The cameras are said to be 13MP/5MP and Huawei will include dual-SIM support.
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Huawei recently announced the Kirin 930 SoC, with the MediaPad X2 being the first device to be packing this chipset. Closer analysis of the SoC took everybody by surprise as all eight CPU cores were revealed to be Cortex-A53, while rival manufacturers use four Cortex-A53 cores and four high power Cortex-A57 CPU cores for efficiency and performance respectively.
The company has now explained this strange exclusion, citing battery life related concerns reasons. According to the company, the 2.0 GHz CPU cores on the Kirin 930 are actually known as Cortex-A53e, which is a modified and over clocked version of the Cortex-A53.
According to Huawei, the Cortex-A57 uses 256% more power compared to the Cortex-A53, which makes it quite evident as to why the company took this route with the Kirin 930 SoC.
Despite sacrificing on performance to some extent, the chipset managed to score 44,000 points on AnTuTu, which is a more than decent score for a chipset of this calibre. So judging by what we’ve heard from the company, the MediaPad X2 should be a pretty decent tablet in terms of performance.
Come comment on this article: Huawei’s Kirin 930 SoC uses a modified version of the Cortex-A53 CPU cores
For years, the UK government has been concerned that Huawei’s networking equipment is aiding the Chinese government and threatening national security. In Britain, the company supplies major network providers such as BT, O2 and EE, which only amplifies the anxiety of politicians and security advocates. In 2012, Huawei opened a “Cyber Security Evaluation Centre” to alleviate some of their fears. It’s designed to test all incoming updates to Huawei hardware and software used on UK networks. The problem is that all of the staff are employed by Huawei; in 2013, the UK’s Intelligence and Security Committee said it was concerned about the arrangement, which effectively relies on self-policing. The government agreed, and said it would investigate the processes inside the centre.
Now, the results of that investigation have come to light, and it’s good news for Huawei: inspectors say the evaluation centre is sufficiently independent from the rest of the company. An audit by Ernst & Young found “no major concerns” about the way it was being run. In particular, investigators looked at staff clearances inside the building, as well as the processes for budgeting and assigning bonuses from Huawei. The Oversight Board which managed the review said: “In the year 2014/15 (the centre) fulfilled its obligations in respect of the provision of assurance that any risks to UK national security from Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s critical networks have been sufficiently mitigated.”
So Huawei is in the government’s good books, for now. The centre is just one part of the supply chain designed to safeguard the UK’s network infrastructure, and these inspections will likely continue on an annual basis. The company may never win the trust of its harshest critics, but this report could go some way to putting their minds at ease.
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Android fans, it’s been a big week for HTC, with everything from controversy over the alleged overheating of the M9, to the announcement of a new extended warranty program and the M9’s US release date, and ending with a bang, with the news that Cher Wang will take over as CEO. In other news, Android manufacturers continued to push out Lollipop to their devices, credible renders of the Xperia Z4 leaked out, Google announced major changes to its app approval process, Huawei sent out invites for the Ascend P8, OnePlus teased a “game changer” and a Swiss watchmaker joined Android Wear.
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After spending a lot of time with the new Galaxy S6, Josh put up his review, and it’s a thing of beauty. 17 minutes of gloriously smooth 60 fps footage walk you through all the key aspects of the highly anticipated Galaxy S6, from that eye-catching design to the streamlined TouchWiz. For even more details, check out our written review, which is choke full of beautiful shots of Samsung’s new flagship and sample images taken with the device.
We brought you tons of videos and posts from MWC 2015, but Ash Tailor’s new “MWC -Insider’s Perspective” video is something different. Watch it to get a taste of what it is like to attend the world’s largest mobile trade show.
There’s been a lot of talk about how the One M9 gets too hot, or, depending on whom you believe, doesn’t get that hot at all. Our advice was to wait for the full review of the M9, running final software, and the good news is you won’t have to wait much longer. Stay tuned for our up-close look at the new One M9 next week.
There’s no doubt the Galaxy S6 is the most desirable phone of the moment. So we think you’ll be happy to know that our latest Sunday Giveaway puts an S6 up for grabs. Check out the sweepstakes here.
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Here are some interesting posts for your Sunday reading:
- Feature: You heard a lot about USB Type-C. Gary Sims explains it in detail
- Throwback: With the Galaxy S6 around the corner, Josh puts the Galaxy S5 through the test of time
- Feature: Internet of Things isn’t just another buzzword. Read on to see why it matters
- Review: Affordable devices don’t have to feel cheap, and the new Moto E is the best example
- Editorial: Simon Hill argues that Samsung should’ve made the S6 Edge its true flagship
- Opinion: Matthew Benson talks about horrible customer experiences and how to protect yourself
- Video: Ash Thought finished up his insider’s perspective of MWC, and it’s beautiful
- Review: This is the one you’ve been waiting for! Our Galaxy S6 review
Top news of the week
And here are the top news in the Android world this week:
HTC in the spotlight
- You may want to take that HTC One M9 overheating report with a grain of salt
- Peter Chou is no longer the CEO of HTC. Cher Wang takes over
- U.S. availability for the HTC One M9 begins April 10th
- (Update: coming March 21) One M9 release delayed for last minute software fixes in Taiwan
- Uh-Oh: HTC’s new warranty program offers some serious benefits (US only)
- HTC One (M7) owners, no Lollipop 5.1 for you!
- (Update: Xperia Z2 and some tablets) Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact getting Lollipop update
- Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505) receives Android Lollipop in UK
- Moto X (1st gen) Lollipop soak test is under way
- HTC One M9+ arriving in late March-early April says @upleaks
- Android One users can download the Android 5.1 OTA links here
- T-Mobile Nexus 6 receiving Android 5.1 Lollipop OTA build LYM47M
Xperia Z4 first look
Play Store improvements
- Google is now manually reviewing apps that are submitted to the Play Store
- Google introduces age-based rating system for apps
Huawei Ascend P8
- Huawei sends out invites for April 15 event in London, Ascend P8 incoming?
- Purported Huawei Ascend P8 images leak out ahead of April press event
- OnePlus teases a new “game changing” device that will launch in April
- OnePlus: OxygenOS and CyanogenMod 12S both coming by month’s end
Android Wear news
- Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer will unveil a smartwatch today – is Google involved?
- Tag Heuer and Fossil are making Android Wear smartwatches this year
- Is this our first look at the next-gen Moto 360?
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The opportunity to experience a smartphone before it’s been released doesn’t come around too often. What if you could provide feedback on a smartphone before the general public gets to see it, or experience it? Thanks to the kind folks over at Huawei, a handful of Android Authority readers will be able to do just that.
Huawei’s Friendly User Testing program has traditionally only been open to employees and select partners, allowing them to test new devices in the real world before the phones come to market. But now, the company is opening the program up to everyone. And that includes you!
How to enter
We’re giving away five invitations to test out Huawei’s new smartphone. To enter, you must be over the age of 18 and live in the United States. If you meet those two requirements, there are a few different ways you can enter the contest:
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The next big smartphone announcement of 2015 will probably be Huawei’s Ascend P8, which is assumed to be announced at the company’s April 15th press event in London. We don’t know anything about the handset for sure, but we have heard a handful of interesting rumors about the device regarding its cameras, processor, screen size, battery capacity and more. As for the device’s aesthetics? Thanks to a few recently-outed images, we might have a good idea as to what the new smartphone will bring to the table.
The first notable image we should talk about is the most recent leak from @OnLeaks. Just yesterday, the leaker outed a single picture of what’s purported to be the P8’s backside. More specifically, the image gives us a look at the bottom edge, which features a pretty standard layout. All we’re seeing is a Micro USB port flanked by two speaker cutouts. The device looks to be mostly made of a type of metal, though the picture is quite fuzzy, so it’s a little difficult to tell.
The next image comes to us from another leaker on Twitter. The new image gives us a better look at the phone’s bottom edge. We’d be lying if we didn’t see some design queues taken from the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the iPhone 6, but there’s really only so much manufacturers can do when the edges are made of metal. The smartphone in the image is surrounded by a protective case. Even so, judging by this image, the phone’s chassis looks thin. If both of these leaks are accurate, the P8 is shaping up to be one attractive device.
So far, the Huawei Ascend P8 rumors have been suggesting the device will come with a 5.2-inch full HD display, a 64-bit octa-core Kirin 930 CPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, a 13MP OIS rear-facing camera and a 2,600mAh battery. A few more rumors have also suggested that it will only be 6mm thin, which is a whole 0.5mm thinner than the Ascend P7.
Again, these are all just rumors for now, so be sure to take all of this with a grain of salt. But if the rumored specifications and the above images prove to be true, could the Huawei Ascend P8 be a contender for your next smartphone?
Several leaks have told us about the Huawei P8 smartphone, which is expected to be the company’s next major flagship. The Chinese manufacturer has partially confirmed the arrival of this handset by scheduling an event for the 15th of April, which is in less than month from now.
The event will be held in London at 3PM (11AM EDT, 8AM PDT). The schedule suggests that the event will go on for an hour and a half, so we don’t think there will be much else on the agenda apart from the new flagship.
The launch of the smartphone in London tells us about the company’s intentions to make a mark as a global OEM rather than limiting itself to just the Asian markets. Huawei is also expected to launch a Nexus smartphone this year, so it’s understandable as to why the company would want to project such an image of itself.
Rumors and leaks in the past have suggested that the Huawei Ascend P8 will pack a 5.2 inch 1080p display with a unique ceramic unibody design, the company’s Kirin 930 octa core SoC, 3GB of RAM, dual 13-megapixel cameras, Android 5.0 Lollipop and a 2,600 mAh battery.
Come comment on this article: Huawei P8 could be unveiled during the company’s April 15 event
Huawei has begun sending out invitations to a press conference that will be taking place in London on April 15th, which was initially hinted at by Huawei back in January. The event will begin at 3pm GMT (11am EDT) and the company is expected to announce its new high-end Ascend P8 smartphone. Huawei has launched its previous Ascend P smartphones in Europe.
Specifications have been kept close to Huawei’s chest, but rumors are pointing to 5.2-inch handset with a full HD (1920×1080) resolution display. Huawei is also expected to include its in-house 64-bit octa-core Kirin 930 CPU, which is built from four Cortex-A57 and four A53 CPU cores and a Mali-T628 MP4 GPU on a 16nm process. Other anticipated hardware includes 3GB or RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13MP OIS rear camera and a 2,600mAh battery.
A dual rear camera rumor also appeared last month, which would allow photographers to re-adjust the focal point of a picture after it has been taken. This feature is similar to what Samsung, HTC and LG have offered in previous handsets. A fingerprint scanner could also feature on the P8. A focus on new build materials is also expected during Huawei’s P8 announcement. We’ve previously heard rumors suggesting a metallic frame with a ceramic back and buttons.
The Huawei Ascend P8 will supposedly be priced at around ¥2999 ($480), which would easily undercut the current batch of flagship smartphones. We should know more about price, availability and specifications come April 15th.