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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Can a 6.1-inch smartphone ever be accepted in the mainstream? That was what Jonathan Fingas asked while reviewing Huawei’s Ascend Mate, and found the answer to be a resounding “no.” The handset offered a lot of things that did impress him, including a staggering battery life, big display and the company’s Emotion UI. On the downside, the old(er) internals, 3G-only modem and modest storage meant that the device had “niche proposition” stamped all over it. But, what about you, out there? Did you buy one? If so, what did you like, what did you hate and what, if anything, would you change? Head to the forum and spill your brains.
Source: Engadget Product Forums
Friday nights in Los Angeles aren’t snoozers, especially October 3rd. That night, some celebrity will be caught mid-wardrobe malfunction boozing it up at Club Area by TMZ — or it could be the night Bruce Jenner holds his epic “freedom” party. While we’re thrilled for his escape from Kardashian Prison, we’d like to think that our final Engadget Live event of the year at the Belasco Theatre will be much more exciting — and a lot less flammable.
Stephen Colbert recently roasted our friends at Vapshot, but how about trying it out for yourself? Maybe you’re a little afraid to buy that bendy-phone and you’re curious about Huawei’s powerful Android smartphones (which came with bigger screens far before any iPhone did). Or you want to get your hands on gadgets your friends have yet to touch. Find out what else you can expect by flipping through the gallery below.
So, L.A., grab your free tickets and we’ll see you on October 3rd. After that, no rest for the weary — we’re gearing up for Engadget Expand New York on the opposite side of the country November 7-8 (which, you’ll be able to tune into our live streams no matter where you are!)
Whenever we talk about Huawei, it’s normally within the context of the company’s growing smartphone business. What we don’t talk about as much is the Chinese giant’s massive networking operation — but it’s this department that’s making a big entry into the Internet of Things. Huawei has announced that it’s buying Neul, a Cambridge-based startup that specializes in building low-power wireless sensors for monitoring in various industrial and medical applications. Neul is probably most famous for having built the UK’s first smart road, a 50-mile chunk of highway designed to monitor traffic flow and avoid congestion. Huawei has pledged to use its vast resources to turn Neul’s Cambridge HQ into an “internet of things stronghold” which, we’re sure, will go down really well with those people who refuse to deal with the company on security grounds.
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It’s safe to say that Steve Jobs was off the mark when he declared that no one would buy big smartphones — they’ve become popular enough that Apple itself is now making large iPhones. But how did these supersized devices escape their niche status to become the must-haves they are today? The transformation didn’t happen overnight. It took a succession of ever-bigger phones to spark the public imagination and prove that huge screens were here to stay. We’ve rounded up 10 of the most important examples — head on over to our gallery see how enormous became the new normal.