Huawei recently unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Honor 7, and like many of this year’s flagships, an increased amount of attention has been placed on development and marketing of the handset’s camera, which features a 20MP sensor and f/2.0 aperture. As well as the physical hardware, post-processing is a major factor that determines final image quality. Huawei, supported by the ARM ecosystem team, were able to optimize their most advanced image processing algorithms radically using the on-chip ARM Mali GPU.
To this end, Huawei made use of the OpenCL industry standard API framework that is designed to allow for programs to execute code across heterogeneous platforms and aims to allocate tasks more efficiently to the most suitable processing unit.
What they did differently
Traditionally, camera modules come with their own image signal processing (ISP) logic that is charged with processing the data gathered from the sensor, such as de-noise, sharpening or color correction. Modern application processors also typically embed one or more ISPs, in some cases DSP is used.
This tried and tested hardware setup serves its purpose and usually offers a good balance of cost, performance, area, and power requirements, which are all important points to consider when designing a mobile devices.
However, hardware has a critical limitation: it cannot be changed once it is committed to silicon and this happens quite some time before the final device makes its way into the customer’s hands.
One of the major advantages in using OpenCl on the GPU is that developers can easily update and improve their image processing algorithms. Traditionally, manufacturers can’t easily reprogram the ISP once it has been embedded into a product, meaning that development has to be done in advance and meaningful software improvements are tough to implement. Moving over to OpenCL means that additional software tweaks and updates can be patched in at a later date, while other implementations are locked with the hardware.
Huawei and ARM benefited from using OpenCL based development, as it meant that they could continue to tweak their algorithms late into the development process.
GPU acceleration and performance
As you have probably noticed, ARM is quite big on the heterogeneous concept, whereby specific computational tasks are assigned to the most efficient type of processor. Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 935 SoC, found inside the Honor 7, is an excellent example of this type of processor design, with two clusters of quad-core Cortex-A53 cores at different speeds, combined with a Mali-T628 MP4 GPU.
When it comes to image processing, there are a lot of complex computational tasks that take place over multiple pipeline stages and often in parallel. Even processor that appear to be simple, such as de-noise, contain many steps, from detection to blurring and filtering. These types of filters play a core role in mobile devices, in order make up for the small image sensor sizes and compensate for noise in low light environments. Most photos are taken in challenging lighting conditions and it is essential that a mobil device is able to cope with this to ensure a good end-user experience.
High resolution images have a huge chunk of data to process, which has to be done very quickly if we want a real-time output. This sounds like a pretty suitable task for a graphics processing unit with higher memory bandwidth, which are used to dealing with lots of pixel data for functions such as UI drawing and gaming.
ARM and Huawei worked together to optimize the GPU acceleration processing pipeline, fine-tuned interoperation between the CPU and GPU, and tied it all together with the existing camera hardware. Don’t ask me exactly what they did, but the end result apparently produced a twofold increase in performance by using the GPU.
Lots of other uses
Heterogeneous processing and GPU compete has plenty of other potential use cases and benefits, and development into this type of processing is well under way.
ARM envisions a range of target applications, from computational photography to computer vision, deep learning, and new multimedia codecs and algorithms. Outside of ARM, other companies have also been opening up their technologies to work with OpenCL and Mali GPUs. Examples include gesture and face tracking applications from eyeSight Technologies, the implementation of an OpenCL imaging library for Mali by Omnivision, camera middleware by ArcSoft and ThunderSoft, as well as HEVC and VP9 decoders by Ittiam Systems, and many more.
We are only beginning to scratch the surface of the potential of heterogeneous computing. I expect that other OEMs will implement similar or entirely new functions that mix and match hardware and this will contribute to furthre improving devices and end user experiences. What Huawei accomplished with the Honor 7 is an exciting milestone in the adoption of this technology and will no doubt impact the broader adoption of GPU compute for key visual computing use cases and applications.
Available in four different colors and three versions, the Mate S is Huawei’s answer to the other flagship devices being announced here at IFA 2015 (and the rumored iPhone 6S for later this month), but how good is its latest smartphone and what makes it stand out from the crowd? Let’s take a closer look.
Up front, the Mate S features a 5.5-inch Full HD display with a screen color saturation of 105 percent of the RGB gamut and a contrast ratio of 1800000:1. We’ve seen Huawei border on the ridiculous with contrast ratios before (the Huawei P8 offered 15000:1), but the Mate S contrast ratio does reach a particular extreme.
The display is protected by 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which should make it difficult to scratch or damage and and the display itself is raised slightly above the edge of the bezel thanks to the 2.5D design. Above the display, we have an 8MP front facing camera and Huawei has also included the soft light found on the Honor 7.
The Mate S features a similar design to past Huawei devices but comes with an updated build including a curved rear, which Huawei claim measures just 2.65mm at the very edges. Despite the slim profile at the edges – which rises to 7.2mm in the middle of the handset – the Mate S is surprisingly easy to hold in the hand thanks to the curved rear.
The Mate S is also protected by a new nano coating technology that Huawei claim will prevent damage from rain or sweat but the handset doesn’t come with an IP rating and isn’t said to be waterproof. That being said, the slide during Huawei’s press conference does suggest this has been designed with splashes of rain or sweat over a long period of time in mind.
Like many other Huawei devices, the Mate S features a brushed metal finish that provides a surprising amount of grip while the slim volume and power keys on the right provide tactile feedback. On the left, the Mate S has the SIM card and microSD card trays built into one tray and like other dual SIM devices, the microSD card slot can be used as a secondary SIM card tray. Unlike some other dual SIM devices, the Mate S supports LTE on both SIM cards.
To the back and Huawei has included a 13MP rear camera that includes a 4-color RGBW imaging sensor and has Optical Image Stabilization. The camera housing is scratch proof thanks to sapphire protection while Huawei claim it also comes with a DSLR-level image signal processor.
In the camera software, Huawei has included the modes found on its past devices but also added a new Pro mode that offers a wide gamut of options and allows you to change various settings including ISO, shutter speed and aperture. Like other Huawei flagship devices, the Mate S also comes with a dual LED true-tone flash next to the camera. A rather cool feature is the Auto Rectangular Alignment, which promises to let you capture a rectangle (e.g. a slide) at an angle and then the Mate S will remove the angles and make the image flat.
Beneath the camera is the fingerprint sensor and Huawei say the Mate S comes with Fingerprint Sense 2.0 technology, which claims to be 100% faster at recognizing your fingerprint and 100% more sensitive meaning you can use it even with a wet finger.
Like the Mate 7 from last year, the fingerprint sensor can be used to unlock your phone with a single tap, even when the display is switched off, while it also comes with a range of gestures including the ability to take a selfie or answer a call with a single tap, access your notifications by swiping down on the sensor and clear all notifications with a double click and slide through pictures in the gallery by swiping the sensor.
Surprisingly, it doesn’t come with all the gestures found on the Honor 7 meaning you can’t use it to access recent apps, easily go back a step or return to the homescreen and this is definitely a surprise. Nonetheless, the fingerprint sensor is still very quick to respond and definitely one of the best on the market.
The Mate S also comes with Huawei’s Knuckle Sense 2.0 technology and one of the biggest improvements is that you can now free-draw a shape to make a screenshot. Since the Huawei P8 earlier this year and then the Honor 7, Huawei has slowly improved its Knuckle Sense feature and while it’s still not perfect, it has been improved further on the Mate S.
Knuckle Sense can now be used to select any part of the screen in any shape by simply drawing the shape, which is a welcome change to the previous generation, which allowed you to free-draw a shape but would convert this to a rectangle. Knuckle Sense can also now be used to screen record the handset and while Huawei say this is useful if you want to easily crop a video, this could have plenty of different uses.
Another addition to Knuckle Sense is the ability to launch applications simply by drawing a letter with your knuckle, with Huawei including the likes of Camera (activated by drawing a C), Browser (E) and Music (M) out of the box. You can also set custom commands for your own apps and the feature provides a quick and easy way to access your favourite applications.
Under the hood, the Mate S comes with a HiSilicon Kirin 935 SoC with four Cortex-A53 processors clocked at 2.2GHz and four more clocked at 1.5GHz. There’s 3GB RAM and a choice of storage options, with the Standard model offering 32GB storage, the Premium model offering 64GB and the Force Touch model offering 128GB storage. All versions run on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and come with Huawei’s EMUI v3.1 on top.
Yes, there’s a Force Touch model and while Huawei made a big deal about demonstrating this feature during its launch, the Force Touch is only limited to the most premium of the three variants. If you do wait and get the Force Touch model, you’ll be getting the world’s first 3D pressure recognition display, which brings a range of features.
These include the ability to zoom into images by pressing harder on the screen, launch apps by applying forced pressure to the magic corners and turn off the on-screen keyboard and used force touch to replicate the features. Huawei is yet to reveal when this model will be available and despite reports to the contrary, Force Touch is only available on the most premium Mate S model.
Other notable hardware specs beneath the hood include a 2,700 mAh non-removable battery – which Huawei claim will last over a full days’ usage – along with quick charging that lets you charge for ten minutes to make up to two hours of phone calls but Huawei didn’t reveal how long it takes to charge to full. There’s also an array of sensors and 3 microphones that come with a smart directional algorithm.
The Mate S also offers directional listening with an auto mode automatically picking up the noise you want while cutting any background noise and a manual mode letting you specify exactly which direction the microphone should record from. An example of where this may be useful would be in a meeting with multiple people in a somewhat noisy environment as Huawei say the directional microphones can cut out all background noise while also making the audio recording crystal clear.
The Mate S is set to launch in thirty countries in the coming weeks, with pre-orders launching on September 15th and as mentioned, there are three versions to choose from. The Standard version comes with 32GB storage, will be available in Titanium Grey or Mystique Champagne (which is actually silver) colors and has a recommended retail price of €649 before taxes and subsidies.
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The Premium version comes with 64GB storage, will be available in Prestige Gold or Coral Pink colors and has a recommended retail price of €699 before taxes and subsidies. Huawei hasn’t revealed the colors or pricing for the Force Touch 128GB model but we’ll let you know when we have more info on this.
What do you think of Huawei’s new Mate S? Let us know your views down below guys!
We’ve been hearing tons of rumors lately about Google’s upcoming lineup of Nexus smartphones, and it looks like we’ll finally see them officially unveiled in late September. The company is set to hold an event in San Francisco on September 29th, just in time for the holidays.
We’re expecting two Nexus devices, one of which will be a larger Huawei device and the other will be a smaller LG phone. These devices will probably be among the first Android devices to run Android Marshmallow, which we typically see with Nexus devices.
We’ve got a pretty solid idea on what both smartphones will have in terms of hardware, but pricing is still up in the air. Before the Nexus 6 last year, Google tried to set a trend with low cost devices. There’s no telling which direction the new Nexus devices will go, but we’ll know for certain by the end of the month.
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Google users are about to be very happy customers, if this report from CNET is found to be true. According to the report, Google will introduce the new Nexus device(s) on September 29th. Yep, that’s right, Google may be showing off TWO new Nexus phones, instead of only one.
Rumors have been flying around the next device in the traditional Nexus lineup, with reports coming everywhere that this device will be manufactured by the folks over at Huawei. There are other reports that have been leaked with information regarding an updated Nexus 5, dubbed the Nexus 5 2015. The Nexus 5 2015 would more than likely be manufactured by LG since that’s who made the first (and only one to date).
If these reports are true, and we not only get a new Nexus 6, but the updated LG Nexus 5, people will go nuts. Maybe not literally, but I would say that any pre-orders would be sold out within minutes, if not seconds.
One more interesting point to think about is where Google will price these devices. With more and more companies making competitively priced devices, it will be interesting to see where Google decides to place these devices at. It would be safe to assume that neither of these devices would top the $500 range, but stranger things have happened.
Let us know in the comments below what you think about this report, and whether you’re excited to get your hands a new Nexus device. Additionally, let us know which device you would prefer, if the rumors of the Huawei Nexus and updated Nexus 5 come to fruition.
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Today’s a busy day for those in the Tech world, thanks to IFA 2015 in Berlin. We’ve seen announcements from Huawei, ASUS, and Acer, and are expecting plenty of more over the course of the rest of the week. In addition to announcing and opening pre-orders for the Huawei Watch, Huawei has announced their latest flagship device.
The Mate S is Huawei’s latest flagship to grace the market, and includes quite a few stunning features. Sporting a 5.5-inch 1080p Gorilla Glass display with a contrast ratio of 1.8M:1. What’s more surprising about this display is the fact that Huawei has beat Apple to the punch by introducing Force Touch Technology.
For those who aren’t sure exactly what Force Touch technology is, here’s a little run down. Force Touch technology allows your device to recognize exactly how hard you press down on the screen. By being able to track this, manufacturers can then program the device to react to certain pressures on the device. In the case of the Mate S, users will have various gestures that can be used to open up various applications and perform various tasks while in other applications.
The Mate S is also sporting a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone, below the 13-megapixel camera. The camera will be paired with Optical Image Stabilization and an RGBW sensor, allowing the device to have more vivid pictures, without having to worry about shaky hands. Also, the front of the Mate S will have an 8-megapixel camera for those great selfies that everyone loves to take.
Below the surface, the Mate S will have 3GB of RAM with an octa-core Kirin 935 processor. As for storage, there will be three variants; 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. However the 128GB variant of the Mate S will be available later this year, while the 32GB and 64GB variants will ship alter this month.
Last but not least, the Huawei Mate S will sport a 2700mAh battery, which while it seems tiny compared to other devices of this size, the Mate S will also have Quick Charge capabilities. While this isn’t the greatest news, the addition of Quick Charge will help make sure that you make it at least a full day on one single charge.
As for pricing of the Mate S, you will be able to get the Standard 32GB for €649 ($729) and Premium Mate S for €699 ($786). The Mate S will be up for pre-order on September 15th from Huawei’s Vmall store. Huawei will also provide more details on the 128GB variant later this year.
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Featuring a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display, 2.5D Gorilla Glass and an all-metal chassis, the Huawei G8 looks to be quite the attractive device. It’s powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 3GB of RAM, and also comes with 32GB of on-board storage with microSD expansion up to 64GB. Rounding out the specs, it also comes with a 13MP rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization, a 5MP front-facing camera, dual SIM card slots, a big 3000mAh battery, and runs Huawei’s Emotion UI software overlay atop Android 5.1 Lollipop.
There’s also a fingerprint scanner mounted on the back side of the handset, which Huawei says comes with its Fingerprint Sense 2.0 technology.
This 4G LTE-capable device will be available sometime this month for the recommended price of €399. So far, we know the device will launch in China, Egypt, Germany, Malaysia, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. For more information on the Huawei G8, check out the official product page at this link.
Huawei today at IFA 2015 announced the Mate S, which is the successor to last year’s Ascend Mate 7. While it takes a lot of design hints from the Mate 7, the all-metal handset parades its similarities to the iPhone 6 Plus.
The handset sports an AMOLED 5.5-inch 1080p 2.5D display with Gorilla Glass 4. It has the Kirin 935 chipset with a quad-core 2.2GHz and quad-core 1.5GHz processor, a Mali-T628 MP4 GPU, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), a battery rated for a full day of use, and an improved, rear fingerprint scanner.
The device comes in 32/64GB storage options, however, it does have microSD support up to 128GB using the SIM 2 slot. At the bottom of the device surrounding the microUSB port are dual speakers.
Additionally, Huawei CEO Richard Yu says the Mate S has fast charging, getting a full charge “2x faster” than the iPhone 6 Plus. There’s also been some gesture improvements with the fingerprint scanner, force touch, and even Huawei’s “knuckle sense 2.0″ features.
One of the major features of the Huawei Mate S is how well it manages data. The handset has two SIM slots, allowing the device to seamlessly transition between LTE connections. It supports up to 13 major LTE bands in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Pre-orders begin on September 15 and will cost consumers €649 for the 32GB model or €699 for the 64GB handset. There will also be a force-touch enabled 128GB model, but similar to Samsung’s tendencies, it will be announced at a later date.
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After a considerable amount of teasing, the Huawei Mate S has been officially unveiled at IFA in Berlin. The handset builds on many of the foundations that made the Mate 7 such a great phone, offering high-end hardware and a couple of unique features of its own, as is Huawei’s style.
Huawei Mate S specs and features
Although not as large as the Mate 7, the Mate S still comes in with a considerable 5.5-inch LCD display with a 1080p resolution. At this size QHD may have offered a very slight boost to visual clarity, but it’s a minor point that you won’t notice without a size-by-size comparison.
|Processor||2.2GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 935
Mali T-628 MP4 GPU
expandable microSD up to 128GB
|Camera||13 megapixel rear camera
8 megapixel front camera
|Software||EMUI 3.1 based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop|
The Mate S is powered by Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin 935 SoC and 3GB of RAM. This is the same SoC that powers the company’s Honor 7 smartphone and comes with four Cortex-A57 and four Cortex-A53 cores, just like the Snapdragon 810, which are accompanied by a Mali-T628 MP4 GPU.
For storage, Huawei will be offering the phone with 32GB of flash memory, which is reasonable. Fortunately, there’s a microSD card slot available if you want to boost your memory by a further 128GB. The battery capacity is much smaller than the Mate 7’s, coming in at only 2,700mAh, which may be a worry for the heavy user. However, Huawei says that it will still last you through an entire day.
For the photographers among you, the Mate S comes with a 13 megapixel rear camera that features a RGBW sensor, optical image stabilizer, dual color temperature LED flash, and an independent image signal processor, along with an 8 megapixel front facing camera for higher resolution selfies. Huawei has also implemented a professional camera mode that allows manual adjustment of ISO, exposure compensation, exposure time, white balance and focusing.
As for extras, Huawei has gone all out with a diamond-cut metal unibody design, 2.5D Gorilla Glass and some smooth curved edges. The Huawei Mate S also comes with the traditional fingerprint scanner located on the back of the smartphone and security features that come with it. There are a few new features included here too. The fingerprint scanner can also be used to erase unread notifications, preview pictures, and accept phone calls. Huawei also states that the scanner is twice as fast at authenticating fingerprints as its previous model.
Huawei has also built its “Knuckle Sense 2.0” technology into the Mate S. The feature was originally included with the Huawei P8 and allows for users in interact with the display using certain knuckle based gestures. For example, drawing a “C” activates a camera, while double-clicking the screen with a knuckle records a video capture of the display.
The big new, and heavily teased feature, with the Mate S is Force Touch. As well as regular touch control, the display in the Mate S can also sense how hard a user is pressing on the screen. Huawei is the first smartphone company to bring this technology to market.
Huawei is making use of this new technology to provide users with new gesture controls. For example, pressing harder over an image in the gallery or camera app will magnify the preview of the picture, while a strong press in the corner of the phone’s display can be used to access app short-cuts.
Huawei Mate S price and availability
The Huawei Mate S will be available in Western Europe to begin with, and will go on sale from September 15th. The phone will be available to pre-order from Huawei’s vMall website, and will come in your choice of pink, gold and silver color options. We are still waiting on price information.
What do you think about the Huawei Mate S?
Huawei Unveils the Mate S: A Luxury Smartphone that Revolutionizes Touch Technology
[BERLIN, Germany – September 2, 2015]: Today at Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, the Huawei Consumer Business Group unveiled the Huawei Mate S smartphone, the new flagship product in Huawei’s Mate series of mobile devices. Its ergonomic, luxurious design and innovative technology deliver a premium Android experience that surpasses industry expectations once again.
“Our goal in designing the Huawei Mate S was to develop a smartphone that offers a personalized experience, rather than a commoditized one,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG. “The Huawei Mate S is based on insights we gathered about human interaction – most notably that touch is a natural action we take to understand our world. The Huawei Mate S redefines how we incorporate touch technology into our smartphones, breaking through the conventional way of touch screen control and ushering in new imagination for human-machine interaction.”
The beauty of a curved surface: innovative design from inside out
The Huawei Mate S’ touch screen control technology offers an unconventional design that strikes a balance between the phone’s brilliant capabilities and its stunning visual appearance.
Building on the revolutionary Huawei Mate 7 smartphone, the Huawei Mate S features a 2.5D floating screen lens and a 5.5 inches screen. It is 7.2 millimeters thick, with side edges that are just 2.65 millimeters. The arched back fits perfectly into the palm of a hand, while its curved surface features solid pressure and weight, making the phone less likely to be dropped. With the AMOLED screen, Huawei Mate S presents a perfect curve.
The curved unibody of the Huawei Mate S encapsulates a laminated ladder battery and a staggered height printer circuit board layout design. Nanometer technology is being used to seamlessly connect the phone’s antenna and metal, resulting in a smooth feel. Additional cutting-edge technology, including diamond cutting, CNC carving, nanotechnology and a camera with a sapphire lens are part of the phone’s seamless metal body.
Revolutionary controls redefining user experience
Touch is a core of the Huawei Mate S, creating a new experience for users that enhances their interaction with the device.
The phone is equipped with Fingerprint 2.0, an upgraded version of the advanced chip level security and one-key unlock technology in the Huawei Mate 7. Fingerprint 2.0 improves recognition speeds by 100 percent, with more accurate self-learning functions. It can also be used to control the notification bar, double-click to erase unread notifications, slide to preview pictures, and hold and take phone calls. All of these options improve the one hand operation of the phone.
Knuckle Control 2.0 – first introduced in the Huawei P8 – simplifies how users switch between app operations and take screenshots. The feature offers users a new way to interact with their phone: drawing a “C” with their knuckle activates a camera, while double-clicking the screen with a knuckle records the screen in the form of a video. With these options, every type of touch provides an opportunity to be innovative.
A camera designed for beginners and professionals
The Huawei Mate S is equipped with a camera that considers users’ needs in everyday life: a professional camera and settings that incorporate contrast, texture, and distinctive tonality. The 13 mega pixel rear camera features a RGBW sensor, optical image stabilizer, Dual color-temp LED flash lights, and an independent image signal processor camera unit, which combine to capture higher quality pictures faster. The Huawei Mate S takes camera capabilities one step further by offering an 8 mega pixel front camera with soft front light to improve selfies. This algorithm ensures users capture the clearest, most beautifying images possible.
The professional camera mode allows manual adjustment for ISO, exposure compensation, exposure time, white balance and focusing, and functions such as the grid, and flash-assisted focusing. The real time black and white filter mode provides multiple levels of density and real-time intensity adjustment.
Technology that adapts to every environment
The Huawei Mate S takes regular recording functions to the next level by creatively implanting three microphones that support Huawei’s smart direction algorithm. The Huawei Mate S’ beam-forming algorithm allows all three mics to focus on the sounds coming from where the phone is facing, enabling a clear recording with minimal background noises.
For consumers on the go, the Huawei Mate S also supports Mopria printing general protocol, which includes 700 printer types across 29 leading brands.
Today Huawei also introduced its new Huawei G8, which is equipped with a 5.5 inch FHD screen and 3000mAh battery compatible for super low-light photo taking.
Additional to other distribution channels, the HUAWEI Mate S will also be sold via the company’s own online sales channel Vmall, starting in Western Europe. As of September 15, the phone will be available for pre-order at http://www.vmall.eu.
Huawei today at IFA 2015 confirmed that the much anticipated Huawei Watch will officially launch on September 17, albeit those eager to get their hands on one can pre-order a unit today.
The Chinese-based company has a Huawei Watch for just about anyone. There’s a stainless steel option with a black leather band ($349), or if you fancy something more high-class, Huawei has a gold plated stainless steel watch with a golden metallic band available ($799).
Those are the lowest and highest prices available, but there’s a few other options between those price points.
Keep in mind that the Huawei Watch will also work for our friends using an iPhone, too. Google just recently announced the news, making Android Wear compatible with iOS 8.2 or higher, albeit the compatibility only goes as low as the iPhone 5. Anything earlier than that loses out, unfortunately.
The Huawei Watch sports a Snapdragon 400 dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and has a circular AMOLED 400 x 400 display.
Classic Watch Design and Smartwatch Function Come to the U.S. with Introduction of the Huawei Watch
Huawei Watch pre-orders start today with mid-September availability
PLANO, Texas [September 2, 2015]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology solutions provider, today announced U.S. availability and pricing of the highly-anticipated Huawei Watch, a new smartwatch that redefines smart by blending timeless, uncompromising design with the functionality of Android Wear™.
Starting today, consumers can pre-order the Huawei Watch on GetHuawei.com, Google Store, Amazon.com and BestBuy.com. General availability and pre-order shipments begin September 17th. Six models with stainless steel, black and rose gold-plated watch bodies will be available in the U.S. with prices ranging from $349 to $799 USD. Stainless steel and black models are available for pre-order today, with rose gold models available later this year.
“Designed first and foremost as a watch, the Huawei Watch is unlike any smartwatch available today,” said Zhiqiang Xu, President of Huawei Device USA. “We are committed to meeting U.S. consumers’ demands for premium products and the Huawei Watch is a step in that direction. It embodies Huawei’s technology innovation heritage, pursuit of premium design and integration of useful functionality that we strive to develop in each product.
The Huawei Watch is inspired by classic, high-end wristwatch design and executed with the most sophisticated materials. In keeping with traditional wristwatch design, the Huawei Watch has a round face and body, standard lugs and a 42mm diameter. Improving on classic design, the physical crown is in the 2 o’clock position on the watch body, making it ergonomic and easy to use on either wrist.
Sophisticated Craftsmanship with Premium Materials
The craftsmanship of the Huawei Watch is evident in the materials chosen and the attention to detail throughout the manufacturing process. Both the scratch resistant, two-layer sapphire crystal and the 316L cold-forged stainless steel body construction are details usually found in premium and luxury watches.
Style and Personalization
Just as a classic wristwatch is a symbol of personal style, the Huawei Watch provides customization options to let individual style and personality come through. With six watch body and band combinations, consumers can choose the watch that’s right for them. The lug design makes it easy to swap standard 18mm bands for a classic, modern or eclectic new look. In addition, the Huawei Watch comes with a variety of watch faces that users can switch for different settings, moods or activities.
Running the latest version of Android Wear, the Huawei Watch offers the rich functionality consumers expect in a smartwatch. Features of the Huawei Watch include:
- 300 mAh battery offers up to two days of battery life with regular use, and fast charging offers 80 percent battery life in just 45 minutes, or 75 minutes for a full charge.
- Always-on watch face gives immediate access to the most important information a watch can provide – the time.
- Wi-Fi connectivity for instant notifications when the user’s phone isn’t in Bluetooth range.
- Bluetooth 4.1 LE enables users to pair directly to Bluetooth headsets and speakers to enjoy music on the go with or without a smartphone.
- 6-axis motion sensors automatically identify activity and provide accurate tracking.
- Enhanced heart rate monitor provided by one of the world’s most advanced heart-rate detecting sensor manufacturers delivers measurable health tracking.
- 1.4-inch AMOLED screen offers the highest resolution display of any Android Wear watch at 400 by 400 pixels with 286 pixels per inch.
About Huawei Consumer Business Group
With 16 R&D centers in countries that include Germany, Sweden, the US, France, Italy, Russia, India, and China, Huawei’s products and services extend to over 170 countries, serving one third of the world’s population. In 2014, Huawei’s smartphone global shipment ranked third in the world. As one of Huawei’s three business groups, Huawei Consumer BG offers mobile phones, mobile broadband (MBB) devices and home devices. With more than 20 years of rich expertise in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, an extensive global network, vast global business operations and network of partners, Huawei Consumer BG is dedicated to bringing the latest technology to consumers, offering a world of possibilities, creating extraordinary experiences and realizing dreams for people everywhere.
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Starting today, you can pre-order the new Huawei Android Wear watch from Amazon, Best Buy, Google Play or GetHuawei.com. The pre-orders will be shipped out starting on September 17th.
There will be 6 different watch bodies to choose from. From stainless steel and black to rose gold-plated, the watches will range from $349 to $799. But, only the stainless steel and black models will be available for pre-order. The rose gold model will be available later this year.
“Designed first and foremost as a watch, the Huawei Watch is unlike any smartwatch available today,” said Zhiqiang Xu, President of Huawei Device USA. “We are committed to meeting U.S. consumers’ demands for premium products and the Huawei Watch is a step in that direction. It embodies Huawei’s technology innovation heritage, pursuit of premium design and integration of useful functionality that we strive to develop in each product.”
Huawei Watch specs
42mm diameter by 11.3mm thickness
Silver, Black, Gold
1.4-inch full circle AMOLED display
316L Stainless Steel
Qualcomm APQ8026 1.2GHz
512MB RAM + 4GB ROM
Gyroscope + Accelerometer, PPG, Barometer, Vibration Motor
Stainless steel or leather
The 300 mAh battery reportedly offers up to two days of battery life under normal use, which is impressive when you coinsider that the always-on watch face is, well, always on. It also has fast charging that offers 80 percent battery life in just 45 minutes, or 75 minutes for a full charge.
Huawei’s smart watch also has Wi-Fi connectivity for connectivity when the phone isn’t in Bluetooth range. Bluetooth 4.1 LE enables consumers to directly pair to Bluetooth headsets and speakers for music with or without a smartphone.
The 6-axis motion sensors automatically identify activity and provide accurate tracking and an enhanced heart rate monitor delivers measurable health tracking.
The most impressive spec is that the 1.4-inch AMOLED screen has the highest resolution of any Android Wear watch currently on the market at 400 by 400 pixels with 286 pixels per inch.
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